Movie Review: Kill Dil

November 15, 2014

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Movie Review: Kill Dil

Whoever sanctioned the script of “Kill Dil” at Yashraj Films obviously forgot about a little film called “Gunday” which the studio produced earlier this year. The two have the same leading man and an almost similar story. More importantly, it is a story that has been done to death.

Ranveer Singh plays Dev, the good-at-heart gangster who falls in love and wants to give up his life of crime, but is prevented from doing so by mob boss Bhaiyyaji (Govinda), who seems to think romance hinders productivity. Thus, when Dev gets smitten by Disha (Parineeti Chopra), his boss goes ballistic and orders the killing of Dev for daring to stray from his chosen path. Ali Zafar plays the faithful brother Tutu who always watches Dev’s back.

Director Shaad Ali tries to package this unoriginal storyline with some frills, including kitschy dance numbers and smart dialogue, but they can’t camouflage the weakness of his script.

For a film that starts off well, playing out like a Western and capturing the camaraderie between Tutu and Dev, “Kill Dil” slides downward remarkably quickly. The romance between Disha and Dev is insipid and you keep waiting for something – a twist, a turning point – that will rescue the film from plodding towards a very boring and predictable end.

That twist never comes. The film plays out exactly as you thought it would. In fact, the loose ends are tied up a little too easily. The villain is disposed off without a sweat, the hero gets his girl without much of a fight, and they ride off into the (ho-hum) sunset.

Ali, who last directed a film in 2007 (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom), manages to create some funny moments, especially between Singh and Zafar. He also manages to extract a goofy and endearing performance out of Singh, who is very likeable as Dev. But what lets down “Kill Dil” is that Ali seems to focus on the trimmings, and forgets that a strong story often makes up for many flaws in a film.

Movie Review: Kill Dil

Of the cast, Parineeti Chopra is reduced to a one-dimensional heroine – a woman who, for all the intelligence she displays, doesn’t even seem worth pursuing. Govinda as the ruthless mob boss has his moments, but Ali doesn’t give him enough screen time. He flits in and out of the screen to issue death threats and give orders to the two leading men. As Tutu, Ali Zafar is surprisingly restrained, providing the perfect foil to Singh’s childlike and often over-enthusiastic Dev.

These two characters are the only redeeming factors in a film that never rises above the ordinary.

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