Dilwale Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:42:40.0130000 IST

Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Productions' DILWALE, carries expectations beyond imagination, and one does hope for an enjoyable, entertaining, full paisa vasool (just like Rohit Shetty's films) music from the audio, quite on the lines of their last blockbuster hit, CHENNAI EXPRESS.


The all out romantic number, 'Gerua' (picturised on the all-time romantic SRK-Kajol jodi), certainly captures hearts with its super addictive tune, brilliant arrangements, unique yet meaningful lyrics (Gerua meaning saffron which depicts bhakti-devotion), superb rendition by the prince of romantic numbers Arijit Singh along with Antara Mitra. Leaving no stone unturned to make 'Gerua' the most memorable love ballad of recent times is the breathtaking locales of Iceland and beautiful choreography by the invincible Farah Khan.

The number that is sure (and is already!) to strike a mammoth chord with the GenX is the newest super star, Varun Dhawan, featuring 'Manma Emotion Jaage Re'. The rhythm is very catchy, lyrics identifiable and appreciable by the youth and kids as well and the song is well rendered with 'emotions' by Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda and Antara Mitra.

Arijit Singh's magical rendition (with Antara Mitra giving good support), and a goose pimple raising haunting tune, coupled with grand orchestration (Laxmi -Pyare style, recreated by V-S in OM SHANTI OM) makes 'Janam Janam' easily the best composition of the album, which simply casts a spell on the listeners. The crescendo is amazing.

Goa's pristine beaches and palm trees come alive via the full on masti propositioning peppy number, 'Tukur Tukur' sung with zest by Arijit Singh. In the context of the movie, the song fits in like a hand in glove (it's a Rohit Shetty film!), otherwise it's a routine fun frolic number.

'Daayre' (meaning boundries) is another haunting pensive, separation song that sounds much better due to Arijit's emotive rendition. Pritam's arrangements and lyrics (very simple but effective) are also the highlight of this number.

The heavy beats and disco rhythm that was missing throughout the album, and is sure to be lapped up by the youth is 'Premika', which is sung well by Benny Dayal and Kanika Kapoor . The 'chhed-chaad' number also contains the in-vogue rap and back up RD Burman retro style chorals. However in the context of the album (thus far!), somewhat of a let down.

Ending the album on a high note is the DJ Chetas Mix of the 'Dilwale' (Theme) which is predominantly a flute instrumental (and must add an exhilarating one!) consisting of a pot -puree of all the songs, with Arijit Singh's back -up vocals adding to the mystique and grandeur.

To summarize, although Rohit Shetty ventures do not boast of chartbusting and infectious romantic ballads (he doesn't require it!), this time around it does! DILWALE is arguably the best audio score for a Rohit Shetty project. Our picks, 'Gerua', 'Manma Emotion Jaage Re' and the best 'Janam Janam'. DILWALE might not carry the class of BAJIRAO MASTANI but it is surely universally appealing, and the three mentioned tracks have struck a chord (with 'Gerua' already a rage in the overseas!) with the audience. The audio is sure to boost the already bright commercial prospects of DILWALE, when it releases globally on 18th December.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

Cars flying in the air; Indian dons in Bulgaria, now settled in Goa; A king for another local don and a set formula for a story. Plain vanilla with lots of chocolate covering! This in short sums up DILWALE, Rohit Shetty's latest at the Box Office.


The action is intense, the romance oscillates between in-depth to just scratching the surface and there is a little suspense as well. The supporting characters who make up for the star cast of the film are like salad dressing, meant to make it look good. Sadly, Oscar (Sanjay Mishra), Sidhu (Varun Sharma) and Mani (Johnny Lever), at most times shout out to make their presence felt. Shetty gives no attention to scenes between these actors like he does with his cars in the air!

Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) is a timid man who runs a garage in Goa with two of his trusted workers. He has a younger brother Veer (Varun Dhawan) to whom he is a father, brother and friend. He will do anything to keep him happy. One day, Veer is attacked by goons. Raj takes matters into his own hands to teach them a lesson. We soon learn he has a past and that past begins in Bulgaria. Meera (Kajol) is an essential element of his past.

Veer falls in love with Ishita (Kriti Sanon) who he meets on the road and offers a lift to since her scooty had broken down. They fall in love. Once their romance is set, Raj has to meet her elders to fix the marriage date. In between, we are treated to a flashback of Raj's past.

The character of Raj offers no challenge to Shah Rukh Khan. This is a role he has done umpteen times in his career. He needs to do justice to his talent immersing himself in roles that challenge him. Ditto Kajol. Though, I must say that it is good to see her on screen.

That leaves us with Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon two actual beneficiaries of the film. Varun can do no wrong. Give him even a half-baked role and he will sincerely pull out his best act. This is his talent. Kriti keeps her own, walking tall (pun intended) in every scene. There was not much she could do, but like Varun, she immerses herself into every scene to give it her best shot.

There are songs, some dream sequences and some mandatory fight moments. All-in-all, this is good popcorn time-pass for SRK fans.

Rating 2/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Varun Sharma, Boman Irani, Johny Lever and Vinod Khanna
  • Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
  • Director: Rohit Shetty
  • Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
  • Release Date : 18 Dec 2015

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