Rohit Shetty's "Dilwale" (2015): A mindless entertainer high on clichés

SRK and Kajol partially reignite their old magic


By Murtaza Ali Khan (@apotofvestiges)

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Dilwale, movie poster, directed by Rohit Shetty
Dilwale (2015) - By Rohit Shetty
Our Rating: 5.5
IMDb Ratings: 6.6
Genre: Action | Comedy | Drama
CastShah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 158 min
Color: Color

Summary: A couple in love try to overcome the violent conflict between their respective families.

Dilwale is the latest offering from the renowned Bollywood filmmaker Rohit Shetty. The movie is produced under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Productions. Written by Yunus Sajawal, Dilwale stars Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, and Kriti Sanon in the pivotal roles. The movie’s support cast includes the likes of Boman Irani, Johnny Level, Sanjay Mishra, Varun Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi, and Nawab Shah with veteran actors Vinod Khanna and Kabir Bedi making cameo appearances.
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Rohit Shetty's Dilwale
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Rohit Shetty's Dilwale 
On a candid note, there is nothing original about Dilwale. The movie borrows heavily from Fast and Furious, How I Met Your Mother, DDLJ, Don and countless other Bollywood films of yore. But then we don't expect originality from a film helmed by someone like Rohit Shetty who is often hailed as the king of commercial escapism as far as Hindi cinema in concerned. As for Shah Rukh Khan, he seems to be embracing clichés with unfazed enthusiasm for about a decade now and Dilwale is no exception.
Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in Rohit Shetty's Dilwale
Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in Rohit Shetty's Dilwale
The biggest disappointment of the film is Varun Dhawan. Starting off on a high with Badlapur, Varun Dhawan has hit rock bottom with Dilwale. But the irony is that he will get more appreciation from his fans here than he ever got for his chilling turn in Sriram Raghavan's neo-noir crime thriller.
As for Shah Rukh Khan, he seems to be embracing clichés with unfazed enthusiasm for about a decade now and Dilwale is no exception.
One of the high points of Dilwale is Kajol. Reuniting with Shah Rukh Khan after half-a-decade, Kajol delivers yet another memorable performance. And, in spite of the endless clichés, the dazzling duo of SRK and Kajol does succeed in reigniting the old magic in many of the scenes. The spellbinding vistas that Shetty chooses to picturize their romance only add to the experience.
SRK and Kajol reigniting their old magic in Dilwale
SRK and Kajol reigniting their old magic in Dilwale
The movie's biggest surprise package is Johnny Lever who provides great comic relief at crucial junctures in the movie. The veteran comedian gets good support from Sanjay Mishra, Varun Sharma, Mukesh Tiwari and Boman Irani. And while Kriti Sanon looks the eye candy she is supposed to be, she appears rather flat as far as her acting is concerned.

Some of the fighting sequences in the movie are cheekily choreographed to look like hip hop dance. But then it doesn’t come across as a surprise with Shetty at the helm. Shetty, who is known for his high octane car stunts, gives us a lot of it in Dilwale but only this time around the action looks more refined à la Fast and Furious. Although, we are treated with some dazzling car chase sequences, mostly shot in Bulgaria, there really is nothing we haven’t already seen in Hollywood flicks.  
Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in Rohit Shetty's Dilwale
A Still from Rohit Shetty's Dilwale
Overall, Dilwale is a mindless entertainer that high on clichés fails to leave any lasting impact. It leaves the viewer with no choice but to suspend the disbelief. Nevertheless, SRK and Kajol succeed in making us nostalgic with their sizzling romance. The songs, the music and the drama elements are a throwback to the '90s which of course is by design. But despite the clichés and gimmicks, Dilwale comes across as Rohit Shetty’s most mature film till date. Dilwale makes for a decent one-time watch but it offers little beyond brainless entertainment.

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Dilwale (2015) Trailer (YouTube)



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