Dilwale: Rohit Shetty’s Attempt to Reincarnate the Shahrukh-Kajol Aura is Nothing Short of a Catastrophy

Flying cars, awesome comedy, hero smashing villains, hip hop songs is what comes to your mind when you hear Rohit Shetty. In my opinion the success of Chennai Express is why perhaps Mr. Shetty must have thought of taking the onus of bringing back the most romantic on screen pair of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol back on the 70 mm screen. Well Mr. Shetty, to a great extent Chennai Express was entertaining, but Dilwale is nothing but a clumsy disaster.

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From the time this painful journey starts, the story and director seem completely off course. Jumping every now and then into flashbacks, Dilwale really tends to get onto the viewers nerves. The entire story revolves around Sharukh and Kajol’s love life and a mini comic love story of Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. Losing its track almost every second scene, the only thing this movie has to offer in the first half are some stupid jokes, which surprisingly are the only saving grace and a couple of well enacted scenes between the lead pair of SRK and Kajol, which accounts for approximately 10 to 15 minutes of the first excruciating 70.

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Despite all its flaws, Dilwale has some amazing romantic tracks from Arijit Singh, which one actually enjoys, as they come to your help while the film progresses. However, the entire star cast try and put up a better performance in the second half and try to succeed to some extent.

One desperately waits for those magical moments to come, where it is only Shahrukh and Kajol sharing he screen as those are the only scenes that are watchable in comparison to the entire movie. Despite a terrible first half, Dilwale seems to gather momentum in the second, but at the end falls too short of the expectation one has from a SRK-Kajol movie. The second part of the movie has more drama, better comedy and a lot of romance between Bollywood’s couple of the decade.

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Dilwale has nothing else to boast about other than a couple of good songs and an average love story, marking the return of King Khan with his best co star. As far as side performances are concerned,  Sanjai Mishra ( a car spare part dealer ), Varun Dhawan ( SRK’s younger brother ), Johnny Lever ( a pickpocket ), Mukesh Tiwari ( SRK’s side kick), Boman Irani ( a local don ) and Kriti Sanon are the side wheels that help Dilwale reach its grave.

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In the end, Dilwale falls significantly short of all the buzz and expectations that had been set by the promotions and trailers. So, in case you do not mind spending your money to watch the beautiful on screen chemistry of Shahrukh and Kajol and you are not a SRK fan, Dilwale is not worthy of your time or money.

My Rating: 2.0/5

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