DIL TOH BACHCHA HAI JI
2011 is considered to be an unique year, because there are four dates in this year all of which have only 1 in the written form: 1/1/11; 11/1/11; 1/11/11; and 11/11/11. Month 1 of ’11 is also unique for the Bollywood industry: For the first time, in a single month, there have been two releases whose titles are from hit film songs from the past: YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA and the just released DIL TOH BACHCHA HAI JEE. While I have been told that the first movie has been declared a hit (I have still not seen it), I am sure that the second movie will also set the cash registers ringing. So the important clue for producers is if they were to make films whose titles are taken from yester year song hits and release it in Month 11 of ’11, they will also be hits!!
The other important factor to be noted is that the three lead actors in a movie formula has worked well; the successes of 3 IDIOTS last year and DIL CHAHTA HAI a few years back stand out as sound evidence and therefore to be triply sure, the producers need to have their November ’11 movies to feature three lead actors!
DTBCH scores for several reasons other than the above. It is a fine comedy with real life characters and situations with whacky one-liners dotted uniformly throughout the length of the movie; the only portion which is a let-down is where the director feels compelled to conclude the movie on a happy but contrived note. Portraying realism has been a core strength for Madhur Bhandarkar, whose earlier films have been stark, dark and hard-hitting. But here Madhur in DTBCH shows his class in adding generous doses of straight humour to an otherwise plain story of three love hungry males who stay under the same roof without sacrificing the issue of realism.
It is difficult to decide as to who should get more credit for the way the movie has turned out. Sanjay Chel excels in his dialogues, after a series of forgettable assignments in the past; Pritam’s music, as usual is hummable for a few weeks, but sounds very relevant to the mood of the movie; and the performances of the cast is uniformly good. Ajay Devgun scores remarkably (I was reminded of the late Sanjeev Kumar’s performance in Pati, Patni aur Woh) in the role of the divorcee smitten by a young chirpy assistant in his office (brilliantly played by Shazahn Padamsee); Omi repeats his excellent performance after his sterling debut in 3 IDIOTS and even the serial kisser Emran Hashmi does not look out of place. Just as it was difficult for us to visualize the veteran actor Pran in any role other than that of a villain, Emran Hashmi is made to play the same role over and over again. Shruti Hassan, the daughter of the illustrious duo of Kamal Hassan and Sarika also puts in a zestful performance.
Madhur succeeds in slipping in the message of true love as a true companionship solution as opposed to temporary flings, but happily refrains from sermonizing and therefore scores the point. DIL TOH BACHCHA HAI JI, but for long lasting love, it is essential that DIL TO ACHCHA HAI JEE!
RATING: 3.5 out of 5