Has Rani Mukherjee's comeback not quite turned out to be as spectacular as one would have expected? Well, DIL BOLE HADIPPA pretty much seems to be demonstrating that. Just like Madhuri Dixit who gave her all to AAAJA NACHLE, even Rani Mukerjee did all to make sure that DIL BOLE HADIPPA is noticed. However, the sentiments as for now are just the same. Just like AAJA NACHLE which didn't quite touch the chord, the same appears to be scenario for DIL BOLE HADIPPA as well.
Moreover, Rani doesn't get to demonstrate a 'once-in-a-lifetime' performance that many would have expected her to come up with in DIL BOLE HADIPPA. She is spirited, yes, but an ordinary script doesn't quite allow her to go the whole hog.
Same holds good for Shahid Kapoor who does play the good, sweet and a strong willed young man well. He even shows a spark in at least a couple of sequences where the writing allows him to do so. However, there isn't much scope for him to perform which only makes one feel sad for him.
Director Anurag Singh seems to have passed out of Yash Raj School of film making and though he may not have scored a distinction there, he at least scores a little better than passing marks by following the template approach. Red, blue, green and oranges appear all over the frames, hence putting a stamp of 'feel-good' all over.
However, he didn't quite seem to be sure about what he wanted to present to audience though DIL BOLE HADIPPA. A feel good Punjab entertainer? A Rani Mukerjee show reel? A movie about India Pakistan rivalry and subsequent friendship? A 'mere desh ki dharti' patriotic saga? A love story? A cricket story? A movie about women liberation?
Or perhaps he was actually absolutely sure and wanted to pack it all in those 2.5 hours. Because if that was the intent then well, he doesn't quite get it right, hence also resulting in a disappointing outing for Rani and Shahid!