When two big films are released on the same day,
comparisons will be inevitable. Let’s straightaway tackle that and say, while Bajirao Mastani is high on aesthetics, Dilwale scores in commercial
Rohit Shetty’s 155-minute film starts off crudely with
su-su jokes as in toilet humour. But
mercifully, he veers away from it for the rest of the film.
The story is simple. Car modifier Raj is single and
dotes on younger brother Veer. When Veer and girlfriend Ishita want to take
their romance to the next level and their respective elders come into the
picture, the long buried love story of the seniors surfaces.
Rohit Shetty’s stock of fast cars and crashing them
continues unabated. And if you’re a discerning cinema-goer, this is not for
But there are several factors that work for it
commercially. Top of the line is that the second half picks up pace when the
Shah Rukh-Kajol romance comes forth with intensity. In fact I’d pick their song
Gerua as the most melodious number
of the film. Certain emotional scenes between Shah Rukh and Varun Dhawan tug at
the heartstrings, right down to laughing over an apple. Yunus Sajawal’s totally
box-office oriented screenplay mixes Varun Dhawan’s youthfulness with Shah Rukh
Khan’s maturity and alternates between potent emotion and humour. Moneybhai
Johnny Lever in a drunken scene, Boman Irani as a drug lord called King and
Sanjay Mishra as Oscarbhai bring on the laughs. Dialogues by Sajid-Farhad cater
to the script like calling Oscar, Puraskar.
Shah Rukh Khan carries off both the fisticuffs and the
emotional moments with characteristic charisma. Kajol looks lovely even if her
makeup is surprisingly below the mark. Manish Malhotra’s wardrobe for Kajol is
stylish and thankfully, she doesn’t try to look desperately young. Varun Dhawan
exudes his usual flamboyance as he fights and dances with flair.
This is a film where gangsters have a heart and it’s
strictly single screen entertainment. So don’t go looking for anything upper
crust in any technical department.
For an unpretentious entertainer, Dilwale gets a 3* rating.
Reviewed byJournalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan