It’s the final month of the year and we stand witness to the biggest box office clash of the year. On the one hand you have the killer combo of SRK and Rohit Shetty in Dilwale but the heavyweight on the other side of the ring is a champion too, Sanjay Leela Bhansali with his favourite jodi of Ranveer and Deepika in Bajirao Mastani. So let’s start things off by taking a look at Dilwale.
Dilwale tells the tale of Meera (Kajol) and Raj (Shah Rukh Khan), the kids of two gangster families of Bulgaria since aamchi Mumbai is not swag enough. And of course while the families are busy trying to blow each other up, the youngsters meet and fall in love. What follows is your typical Bollywood romance which Kajol and SRK pull off with elan. But then there is a twist in the tale and things take a rather unexpected turn. That’s when the younger couple, Varun and Kriti come into play. There is plenty of drama interspersed with some attempts at humour and some regular Rohit Shetty action fare.
The story is quite predictably the weakest link here and director Rohit Shetty seems at more of a loss than ever when it comes to crafting effective screenplays. But the lead pair of SRK and Kajol make up for the lack with their incredible chemistry and on screen equation. This is one film fans and regular cinemagoers will enjoy mainly due to the efforts put in by these two stars. Varun and Kriti do a fare job of infusing some vibrancy into the film, altough the rest of the actors are fairly caricaturish.
Another weak point of the movie is that it is not even quite as funny as your standard Rohit Shetty flick. The focus is more on the story which is kind of a let down too. Overall, Dilwale wouldn’t quite be our first choice since it really doesn’t offer anything new. But that does not mean that its not an effective entertainer for the coming Christmas vacations. We shall go with two and half stars for this film.