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‘In the name of Raj & Simran’ - ‪'Dilwale‬' Movie Review By ‪'G9‬ ‪Divya Solgama‬'

‘In the name of Raj & Simran’ -
Right from the black & white era, our Hindi cinema has witnessed many iconic romantic pairs like Raj Kapoor-Nargis, Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha, Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra-Hema Malini, Anil Kapoor-Madhuri Dixit and many more including Shahrukh Khan-Kajol. This iconic Jodi of Shahrukh-Kajol incepted with the film ‘Baazigar’, where Shahrukh Khan was the last moment replacement. The movie was a huge hit and after that the actor duo did many hit films like ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, ‘My Name Is Khan’ and the cult classic ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’. The latter one made this Jodi immortal with its character of Raj and Simran. With the announcement of their latest film ‘Dilwale’, the expectations and curiosity level has reached to its peak as the Jodi of Shahrukh-Kajol returns back to the big screen after half a decade.
‘Dilwale’ is a story of two brothers Raj (Shahrukh Khan) and Veer (Varun Dhawan), who runs a hi-tech garage in Goa. Veer meets Ishita (Kriti Sanon) and falls in love with her. Together, they want to get married due to which Raj meets Ishita’s elder sister Meera (Kajol). Meera rejects the marriage proposal of Veer and Ishita as she shares a bitter past with Raj. What’s the past and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The story is a mixture of few old Hindi films like ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ and ‘Hum’. Everything out here is predictable and stale. The movie starts with a typical set of Rohit Shetty type of films which needs a good level of colour correction and looks like a product of ‘SAB TV’. The sudden and abrupt flashback scenes followed by fast edits, disconnects you with the film at several moments. The screenplay is stretched to its fullest, due to which there are minimal happenings in the film. On the positive note, Varun Dhawan-Kirti Sanon and Varun Sharma’s tracks are entertaining. Romantic scenes between Shahrukh and Kajol are nice, but the five minute date scene is directly copied from the American TV series ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Kajol’s twist is engaging followed by few hilarious scenes featuring Mukesh Tiwari telling the story of Shahrukh-Kajol to Varun Dhawan, Jhonny Lever teasing Kajol and Boman Irani’s inquiry in the climax. Varun Sharma’s monologue over expensive girlfriend is superb. These comical scenes in the second half keeps the movie going despite of a weak and predictable screenplay.
Music by Pritam is enjoyable with songs like ‘Gerua’, ‘Manma Emotion’, ‘Janam Janam’ and ‘Tukur Tukur’. ‘Daayre’ is well placed in the film.
Director Rohit Shetty is known for making fantastic comical films and ‘Dilwale’ is his take on romantic drama. He highly succeeds in the comical scenes but, fails in the romantic and dramatic potions. The magic was weak and nowhere in comparison to the previous work of Shahrukh-Kajol Jodi. The conviction factor, followed by engaging factor is a bit less as per the standards of a Rohit Shetty type of film.
Shahrukh Khan is good in action scenes followed by the dramatic scene with Varun Dhawan. He looks bit odd in his younger avatar probably due to extra make up or C.G.I work. Kajol looks beautiful and is fine in her part. Together, this Jodi still has its charm and magic. The moment they look at each other, you remember all those magical moments from their earlier films. Though, it’s not that same anymore. Varun Dhawan is fun and peppy. He excels in the comical scenes with good support from Varun Sharma, Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra and Mukesh Tiwari. Kriti Sanon is fine in her role. Boman Irani lends good support. Vinod Khanna and Kabir Bedi are wasted.
So on overall basis ‘Dilwale’ is not a great watch in comparison to the past work of Shahrukh Khan-Kajol, nor does it have the high entertainment value of a Rohit Shetty film. Despite of a predictable and bland script, the movie still has few enjoyable scenes followed by hit music and star value attached to it. As for all the Shahrukh-Kajol fans well you can watch this film in the name of Raj & Simran (Shahrukh also gives a mild tribute to DDLJ in the film), as probably this movie might be the last film (also the weakest) featuring them in a romantic pair. or shall we see them again after a few years?
Rating - 2.5/5


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