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Dilwale - Movie Review

Verdict - "Underwhelming!"

Going into this movie, I'm completely aware of the content I'm getting from a Rohit Shetty film. Flying cars, over-the-top action, and hilarious comedic scenes. Did I get these aspects from Dilwale? Sure! On top of everything, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's alluring screen presence added a lot more flavor to the film. But, it all comes down to this, is the movie any good? Branded for directing commercially successful and critically destroyed movies, did Rohit Shetty make a full-fledged unique entertainer? Well! Here are my thoughts.

The movie tells the story of two adoring brothers, Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Veer (Varun Dhawan) who tremendously love each other. As the storyline advances, we're introduced to the Raj's past, where he meets and falls in love with Meera (Kajol), but things never go as anticipated and Raj had to face few surprising consequences. What are they? 

Erratic with its screenplay, the first fifteen minutes itself explained to me that this film will not be completely impressive. Largely because of the screenplay that took quite a few bumps throughout the entire runtime. They're few aspects (like the comedic scenes) that I liked about the film and many others that I just didn't care. 

Also, this movie was awfully presented, it honestly felt like the actors were just performing with no emotional connection or any intensity between them. As I come back to the writing part of the film, if the characters were given enough time to develop with few engaging and significant scenes, this movie would've been a lot better. 

Advancing to the compelling aspects of the film, I thoroughly enjoyed the comedic scenes, the timing and delivery were precise and sharp, as a result, the humor was seamlessly conveyed. Moreover, I should credit Rohit Shetty and his team for splendidly filming few car chase sequences that involved a lot of practice and hard work.

The appealing chemistry between SRK and Kajol was quite matchless and they're quoted as one of the best on-screen couples for a reason. But, in Dilwale, I didn't feel that pleasing allure between them. Their love/romantic scenes were totally rushed and felt underwhelming. As a fan, I felt that the on-screen magic didn't work out. And the performances were satisfying from the entire cast, Varun Dhawan was amusing with his goofy character and I have no complaints about Kriti Sanon. However, Johnny Lever stole the entire movie and his performance was priceless.

Overall, Dilwale failed to impress me as a complete film, I enjoyed parts of it and that's not a positive sign for a film with towering expectations. It is certainly watchable once for few entertaining aspects. But, in the end, this is not what I expected from an immense multi-starrer.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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