Friday, February 04, 2011

Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji

Rating : 3/10
Release Date : 28th January, 2011
Time : 143 minutes
Director : Madhur Bhandarkar; Writer : Madhur Bhandarkar, Anil Pandey, Neeraj Udwani; Music : Pritam
Starring : Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shazahn Padamsee, Tisca Chopra, Shruti Hasan, Shraddha Das

This film corroborates Einsten’s theory of relativity by seeming much longer than its 143 minutes length and by making time drag while watching it.

Ajay, Emraan and Omi are room-mates. Ajay is a banker, just going through a divorce. But he’s a nice guy (loves his child, wants to spend more time with her) and is very shy around women. Omi is even more shy, believes in true love, works for an internet matrimonial company, believes in giving clients ‘true advice’ (to the consternation of his boss) and is a budding poet. Emraan Hashmi plays himself ie the same screen persona that he’s always played. Is a serial womaniser, bedding different women every day of the week and offering advice to his shy roommates

Into each of their lives come three different women. Ajay has a young intern join (Shazahn), who makes him want to feel young again. Omi is all gaga over the radio disc jockey (Shraddha) he meets at a poetry competition, doing extravagant gestures for her even though its clear she is only using him / is not interested in him, cause he believes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. And Emraan may have finally met his match, caught between two women (Tisca and Shruti) and not sure about which way he should go.

What makes the movie drag is the poor quality of dialogue. Out of the 50 attempted jokes only a couple connect and that too barely. The characters are sketchily painted, the situations contrived, the songs lame and Emraan’s pick up lines make you want to gag. The nail in the coffin is the predictability – every single frame is boringly along expected lines. Whether it’s the young woman / older man scenario or the kept toy boy situation, there is nothing we have not seen before.

Shehnaz is the only bright spark in the film, suiting her character. I expected more from the director and the lead actor. Both seem wasted here and seem to be working at half capacity, the film itself seeming like a hastily conceived and put together project, one of the best things about it being its lovely title, which unfortunately is wasted here.

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