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Dilwale  : Romancing The Mob
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Friday, December 18, 2015
Rohit Shetty
Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon

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 entertainment.  


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 you.


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 by
Bharathi S Pradhan

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