Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:02.0370000 IST


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CHANDNI BAR, SATTA, PAGE 3, CORPORATE and FASHION. Just some of the critically acclaimed and award winning films by Madhur Bhandarkar. Known more for his socially relevant hard-hitting films that take a dig at the high society it was but natural that there were not many memorable musical scores in them apart from a few, namely in PAGE 3 (Lata's "Kitne Ajeeb Rishte") and of course FASHION where Salim-Sulaiman did a commendable job. Its signature tune is still quite a favourite at many fashion shows.

However DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI sees a different side of Bhandarkar. It's a light hearted romantic comedy, an all out commercial entertainer. And since the focus is on romance it's but natural that the intelligent director and the enterprising producer, Kumar Mangat , have entrusted Pritam , the king of melody with the responsibility of composing the music. Here he has the support of quite a few of his favourite lyricists like Sayeed Quadri, Neelesh Misra, Kumaar and Sanjay Chhel. Only Irshad Kamil seems to be missing! Naturally expectations abound from this album too, especially after the tumultuous success of Pritam-Ajay-Emraan's last venture, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI . So let's plug in and get going!

Lovely blend of soft guitar strums, keyboard notes and soft whisperings greet the listeners to transport them into the dizzying world of spellbinding romance through the scintillating "Abhi Kuch Dino Se". The super hit singer-composer duo, Mohit Chauhan and Pritam, come up with another brilliant love ballad that would surely make everyone fall in love with it, such is the haunting effect of the easy to hum, light on the lips song. The superb display of harmonica, piano drills and chorus in the midst of the song too is delightful and coupled with Mohit's slightly inebriated style of 'bindaas' singing, makes the song class apart. Neelesh Misra the new gen lyricist displays his mastery with words that make his poetry so very appealing and simple to understand as well. "Tu bekhabar, Ya sab khabar, Ek din zara mere masoom dil par ghaur kar, Pardon mein main rakh loon tujhe, Ke dil tera aa na jaye kisi ghair par." An outright chartbuster and with music's lucky mascot Emraan Hashmi crooning his way into the hearts on screen definitely this song will stay at the top for quite a while.

The romantic mood set up by the first song continues to enthrall through the king of romantic numbers Sonu Nigam's 'Tere Bin". A gift to treasure for the hopelessly in love this song is an absolutely superb love ditty that is a notch higher than the first song (difficult to believe but Pritam is simply outdoing himself here!) due to the irresistibly mesmerizing rendition by Sonu. His hold over his vocals and the way he conquers the high and low notes with immense ease makes the song a delight to listen to, and not to mention his diction (talaffuz) which is impeccable, a problem with most other talented and promising singers . The background chorus, especially the female part is a bit jerky but the male portion covers up well. Lyricist Kumaar pens words that would be loved and appreciated by those that matter most, the youth; very simple and appropriate.

Then there is the second version, "Tere Bin" reprise sung by Naresh Iyer with minimal music in the background and he does well for himself as he has nice soft and refreshingly sweet vocals.

The remix version too is classy and the high tempo suits the song and the way Sonu has resung it will make the song more endearing to the target audience; the youth who love everything fast paced and racy.


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An impressive opening credits sequence involving sketches sets the right tempo. Without much ado, you are introduced to the characters straight away. Although the first half is placid, the graph of the narrative remains unidimensional as there's not much movement in terms of the story. The introduction of 'U.S. return' Nikki Narang (Shruti Haasan) just before the intermission adds a certain twist to the tale.

Like most films, DTBHJ loses its way terribly in the second half. It's a painful watch full of cliches and drags on and on. All the tracks except Abhay's are tripe. The climax intended to be 'real' is hideous and falls flat. The worst part is that you don't feel for any of the characters at the end of it.

The humour oscillates between being very good to extremely flimsy and puerile. Abhay naming his puppy Kasab (who's a 'terror') as he was found on CST station (in Mumbai) has you in splits. But most of the jokes simply don't work, making you laugh unintentionally.

Pritam's music is disappointing with Abhi Kuch Dino Se being the only passable track. Ravi Walia's cinematography is impressive. Sanjay Chhel's dialogues are inconsistently good.

Ajay Devgn proves that he can do comedy with equal ease as action and serious roles. Emraan Hashmi is good but it's getting boring to see him play similar characters again and again. He gets some of the best dialogues. And yes, he's back to his kissing ways! Omi Vaidya is remarkable. However, his accent reminds one of his famous character of Chatur from 3 IDIOTS. Shraddha Das is decent. Shazahn Padamsee looks cute, acts well and remains in her character throughout. Tisca Chopra delivers an outstanding performance. Shruti Haasan can't act. All the other actors are good in their small roles.

Madhur should rather stick to realistic cinema or improve immensely before attempting something different next time. DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI doesn't win your dil.

Rating - 2/5



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National Award-winning director Madhur Bhandarkar, known for making hard-hitting and realistic films like CHANDNI BAR, PAGE 3 and FASHION, traverses a completely new terrain with DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI. Mind you, it takes a lot of courage to get out of your comfort zone and make a completely different film.

DTBHJ brings back the successful jodi of Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi after ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI. It also stars Omi Vaidya (3 IDIOTS fame) in a pivotal role. The quirky promos and some smart marketing went in favour of the film and managed to create the right buzz.

In a hilarious voice-over by Paresh Rawal, we are introduced to bank officer Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgn), playboy Abhay Suri (Emraaan Hashmi) and Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya). Abhay and Milind are paying guests in Naren's house.

The film basically traces the lives of Naren, Abhay and Milind and their encounters with women. Unable to resolve their rising differences, Naren and his wife (Rituparna Sengupta) are about to end their seven-year-old marriage. In a disturbed state of mind, Naren falls for a cute 20-year-old new trainee June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee) in his bank. Abhay is a gym instructor who can't get enough of girls and women (married and unmarried). He even loses his job for teasing the wife of an underworld bhai from Dubai. On the other hand, Milind writes 'dard bhari shayrees' which cause 'sir dard'. He also works in a matrimonial site, zhatpatshaadi.com, but is unable to find himself a suitable match. He gets infatuated by radio jockey Gungun Sarka (Shraddha Das), who just uses him to get out of troubled situations. The rest of the film shows how their respective tracks move forward.


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An impressive opening credits sequence involving sketches sets the right tempo. Without much ado, you are introduced to the characters straight away. Although the first half is placid, the graph of the narrative remains unidimensional as there's not much movement in terms of the story. The introduction of 'U.S. return' Nikki Narang (Shruti Haasan) just before the intermission adds a certain twist to the tale.

Like most films, DTBHJ loses its way terribly in the second half. It's a painful watch full of cliches and drags on and on. All the tracks except Abhay's are tripe. The climax intended to be 'real' is hideous and falls flat. The worst part is that you don't feel for any of the characters at the end of it.

The humour oscillates between being very good to extremely flimsy and puerile. Abhay naming his puppy Kasab (who's a 'terror') as he was found on CST station (in Mumbai) has you in splits. But most of the jokes simply don't work, making you laugh unintentionally.

Pritam's music is disappointing with Abhi Kuch Dino Se being the only passable track. Ravi Walia's cinematography is impressive. Sanjay Chhel's dialogues are inconsistently good.

Ajay Devgn proves that he can do comedy with equal ease as action and serious roles. Emraan Hashmi is good but it's getting boring to see him play similar characters again and again. He gets some of the best dialogues. And yes, he's back to his kissing ways! Omi Vaidya is remarkable. However, his accent reminds one of his famous character of Chatur from 3 IDIOTS. Shraddha Das is decent. Shazahn Padamsee looks cute, acts well and remains in her character throughout. Tisca Chopra delivers an outstanding performance. Shruti Haasan can't act. All the other actors are good in their small roles.

Madhur should rather stick to realistic cinema or improve immensely before attempting something different next time. DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI doesn't win your dil.

Rating - 2/5


Rating 2/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Shruti Haasan and Omi Vaidya, Shruti Haasan, Omi Vaidya, Shraddha Das and Shazahn Padamsee
  • Lyrics: Sanjay Chhel, Neelesh Misra, Kumaar and Sayeed Quadri
  • Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
  • Music Director: Pritam