Dil Bole Hadippa: Clichéd, average fare

September 18, 2009

When director Anurag Singh set out to make “Dil Bole Hadippa”, he must have stumbled upon a book called ‘The Big Punjabi Book of Bollywood Clichés’ and decided to put in each one in this film.

As if that wasn’t enough, he has taken elements from every successful Yash Raj film and added that to the film. So you have glimpses of “DDLJ”, “Chak De India”, “Bunty Aur Babli”, “Veer Zaara” and “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”.

If that doesn’t sound like hotchpotch, there are ample doses of speeches on women’s rights, India-Pakistan friendship and even the token secular touch. Not an encouraging sign at all.

“Dil Bole Hadippa” stars Rani Mukherjee as Veera Kaur, a feisty Punjabi girl who has a passion for cricket. Her dream is to be part of a local team that plays an annual match with a Pakistani team for the Aman Cup, a tournament started by two friends — one Indian, the other Pakistani.

Unfortunately, the Indian Tigers never win against the Pakistani Champs, causing its Indian owner (Anupam Kher, hamming away to glory) much grief.

In desperation, he asks his cricketer son Rohan (Shahid Kapoor) to come back from London to help salvage the team. Veera decides to try out for the team but is shooed away at the gate by a watchman who says cricket is not for girls.

Desperate for a chance, she comes back as Veer Pratap Singh, complete with turban and moustache. While she tries to impress Rohan with her batting on the field, she bats her eyelashes at him off it and a romance blooms.

“Dil Bole Hadippa” is meant to be a sports film but it tries to pack in so many things it ends up being nothing. The main culprit is the extremely shoddy script and it appears as if all the lead actors had resigned themselves to the fact.

As a result, the performances are at best average. Rani Mukherjee, looking svelte, tries hard but is unable to muster up enthusiasm. Shahid Kapur also does adequately but doesn’t seem convinced about his character.

I cannot think of any part of this film that rises above the average. Go for it if you don’t have anything better to do this weekend.


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Posted by lakhvir | Report as abusive

Contrary to this review, I checked out Dil bole hadippa yesterday and was enchanted by the actors and the scripts. I think that becoming numb to “ideals” such as Indo-Pakistan positive relations, or to women’s rights, or to true love is the problem. I thought the script and the actors were fabulous and I would nomnate Rani Mukherjee for an award for her versatile performance! It is a shame when movie reviewers become so jaded that they no longer understand positive ideals and instead encourage negative ideals. This movie is a hit with the NRI Indian community and with Westerners. So it is a tribute to India’s lively, colourful, and idealistic nature!
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Posted by Fearless | Report as abusive

the movie is great
worth atleast one watch shahid looks bashing and rani is again on the top of all skies

Posted by Bhoj Rathore | Report as abusive

I disagree with this review entirely. The movie, although familiar, is a thoroughly entertaining experience with an exceptional performance by Rani Mukherjee. I couldn’t see any other actress doing as well as she in this role.

Posted by Troubleman | Report as abusive

I don’t agree with the reviewer. “Dil Bole Hadippa” is a must watch movie. Good performances by Rani and Shahid. I think reviewer should watch the movie once again.

Posted by Rakesh | Report as abusive

I partially agree with the review. The script was a bit monotonous, but Rani & Sahid rock. Rani was looking so damn Sexy.. Ooopps.. but she should not stick to such cheap medias too often.

Posted by Bhabani | Report as abusive

i watched this movie, i dont think this movie came to its means i think what a waste of money.

Posted by omar sharif chodhury | Report as abusive

awsome movie…rani as usual at her super best……movie was different from d usual run off d mill romance…..full full comedy …….and romance is meaningful…..rani comes out as an super class actress….defnetly breaks all cliches….

Posted by sabitha micheal | Report as abusive