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By Armin S. Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 10:18: PM
Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Kabir Bedi, Vinod Khanna, Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari, Varun Sharma, Mukesh Tiwari, Nawab Shah, Chetna Pande, Pankaj Tripathi
Gauri Khan, Rohit Shetty
Rohit Shetty
Yunus Sajawal, Sajid-Farhad (Dialogue)
Romance, Action, Comedy

Kajol and SRK. Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. Johnny Level. Boman Irani. Mukesh Tiwari. Sanjay Mishra. Vinod Khanna. Kabir Bedi. Varun Sharma. The star cast is one that would bring anyone flocking to the cinema. But do good ingredients but a good film?

Without giving too much away, Raj aka Kaali, played by Shah Rukh Khan, has a past. He used to be a “badmaash”, a “Don”. Meera, played by Kajol, has something to do with his past. None of this is known to Raj’s brother, Veer, played by Varun Dhawan. But when Veer falls in love with Ishita, played by Kriti Sanon, the past comes to haunt them all.


There are many things that bother me about this film. There are also many things I quite like about this film. Let’s start with what I found problematic. One, I could not get into the film until about thirty minutes in – namely, when the SRK and Kajol track started. And that may have to do with the anticipation I had to see the leading pair in action again. Two, while a lot of the comedy picked up, the initial comic scenes were situations that I just did not find very funny. Three, the story stagnated a lot. When I saw a climax coming, it was quickly resolved. Four, the villains could have been amped up way more. But perhaps asking for that would take it out of “family” entertainment. Five, the climax. When you watch it, you may know exactly what I’m talking about.


Now, the good. Let’s be absolutely honest with ourselves, shall we? Love him or hate him, SRK spells magic with Kajol – always has, always will. And the moments the two of them have together, is what the movie thrives on. The chemistry between the two is remarkable. There are a few sub-plots that have you paying very close attention. The middle of the film is probably the best part of the film. 


Dilwale also has great dialogues. The banter between a lot of the supporting cast keeps one entertained while they still deal with the bigger issues the characters are facing. The soundtrack is top-notch, for which both Pritam and Amar Mohile deserve kudos. The action sequences are realistic, despite it being a Rohit Shetty film. The cinematography is top-notch.


The actors. This is a SRK-Kajol film, hands-down. Without the two of them, this would be a sandwich with no condiments. They add the spice and zing to the film. SRK is superb in both his Raj and Kaali character, although I prefer Raj’s subtleties a lot more. Kajol is unexpectedly even better than I thought she would be – and I thought she would be excellent. Varun Dhawan is likeable, and manages to hold his own in front of SRK. His banter with Varun Sharma’s character is entertaining. Kriti Sanon presents well and enacts emotional sequences competently. The supporting cast is exceptional and definitely add a nice side dish to the sandwich.


I wish the film was trimmed more and the climax excited me more. Otherwise, this is a huge family entertainer. This is a good movie to watch with family and friends to pass some time.

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