Kill Dil review: Cliched gangster story
Kill Dil review: Cliched gangster story
By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 14 November 2014
Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar, Parineeti Chopra, Govinda
This is one of those films - cool title, cooler actors, splendid visuals, a few smart-alecky lines and repackaging of cliches.
So Ranveer Singh is one half of the Gunday, paired this time with Ali Zafar. He's the softie and dreamer between the two. For a pair that enjoys killing people, and then looking up at the sky wondering how many they've sent up, the two are surprisingly sorted and kind, as is possible only in Bollywood.
So Ranveer's Dev is charming around women and knows how to keep his distance, feeds hungry kids, and cries when his girlfriend proposes. All very sweet, however implausible. Zafar's Tutu is the sensible and older one, who makes the morning breakfast.
Together, they work for a local gang-lord called Bhaiyaji (what else) played by Govinda. The crime boss had picked them up when they were found dumped as babies, and raised them to be the frontrunners of his army. Now, they are skilled shooters, and follow their master's order without questioning.
Everything's great till Dev meets Disha (Parineeti Chopra) who is, ironically, a rehabilitator of criminals. Ironic, because she has no idea that Dev is a criminal, because he had lied that he has a marketing job, because he's in love with her.
Ya, that's how outrageous the movie is. And don't even ask about how Disha and Dev are mismatched as people. She's sophisticated, he's raw; she's rich, he's shares a bunk-bed with his friend; she likes intense plays, he sleeps through them; she sms-es LOL to a joke, he has no idea what it means, and so on. They can barely have a conversation beyond the cute nothings they say to each other.
Dev now wants to leave the world of crime, but Bhaiyaji isn't happy. Dev now has to choose what it'll be - Kill or Dil.
That Dev falls for the pretty, uppity, kind-hearted miss is understandable. What's the justification for Disha finding him worthy of being a life-partner? This is just one of the bits that don't add up in the movie.
And so, the film relies on the cast and its camaraderie. Ranveer - of the shampoo commercial hair that has a life of its own-is dependably good, but should be wary of getting typecast. In the role of a boy-man who comes into his own, he brings in the right amount of naivety, idealism and humour. Ali Zafar matches step as the more grounded of the two, whose heart beats strongly for his childhood friend. Parineeti Chopra is let down by shaky characterization that barely establishes who she is. All we know is that she's rich, rehabilitates criminals (yet cannot spot one so close to her), does yoga, and calls on dad when she's in trouble. Govinda is barely menacing in a role where he is supposed to be scary enough to frighten grown, burly men.
They share a great chemistry, this cast, and that's what makes the film somewhat watchable. Even Dev and Tutu's characters share a deep bromance, where one arrives just in time to save the other, and bumps off the villains, but not before a playful wink captured in slow-mo. Of course in the ensuing fight, the walls fall off as if they were made of cardboard and bullets never seem to catch them.
The humour often misses the mark. The extended scene where Dev and Tutu run around to find the meaning of LOL and ROFL is meant to be quirky but misses the impact. On the other hand, their encounter with a jeweller (Brijendra Kala, excellent) turns out to be quite interesting. A faux certificate maker, who looks like your neighbourhood uncle, has the words Be Crazy written in his underground workshop.
Everything is grand in the movie- if it's an emotional moment, it has to be atop the Qutab Minar; if it's a dramatic one, the frames have to be rain-soaked; a poignant moment has the character's face reflected with neon lights. The song sequences are extremely lavish visually with incongruous knick-knacks like a white four poster bed in the middle of nowhere.
Director Shaad Ali (Saathiya, Bunty Aur Babli, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom) attempts making a loud, formulaic, intermittently entertaining, and visually indulgent film. Quite a departure from his usual style. For the cast, and a few interesting moments, and the stylistic treatment (that often goes overboard), this one's an ok watch. That's if you're up for a cliched story packaged a little differently.
Rating: 2.5 stars