Movie review: 'Kill Dil'

'Kill Dil'
U/A; Action-romance
Starring: Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Ali Zafar
Director: Shaad Ali Sahgal
Rating: 3 stars

Kill Dil
'Kill Dil'. Pic/Santa Banta

There are a few delicious ironies in 'Kill Dil'. Here's a ghisa pita story so predictable that you could sleep through the middle of it and still not miss a point. But then at places, some scenes have been handled in a delightfully novel manner that you rub your sleepy eyes in disbelief. It's a film that talks about a rustic local goon bhaiyaji (Govinda) and his fifth-class fail, illiterate cronies whose lives, once in a while, get peppered with refined lyrics by Gulzar accompanied by some soft, lovely music (by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy).

What doesn't work for 'Kill Dil' is its lazy script with utter disregard for the changed times and with the characters falling in place all too conveniently. There is not even an attempt to stay ahead of the now much smarter audience that can easily guess the whole story in a heartbeat. However, unlike the '70s where the script should have belonged to, director Shaad Ali doesn't serve it as a meandering, elaborate melodramatic meal, but more as a crisp, fast moving but not-too-fulfilling snack.

Bhaiyaji finds two abandoned infants near a community dustbin and he nurtures them to become shooters for his gang. Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar) are pretty content with their job profile and even take pride in counting the number of people they have murdered. Walks in Disha (Parineeti Chopra), someone who's an expert at converting criminals (as convenient as that) and who's brash and asking for trouble when off duty. Yes, love makes Dev want to change his job profile and be a good man instead and Bhaiyaji is obviously not too pleased with his career change.

Govinda is a delight but unfortunately his role falls short of expectations. Some day, hopefully, this actor will get a role that does justice to his talent which goes much beyond his jhatkas and white pants. Ali Zafar looks too sophisticated to be an illiterate, no-gooder but he delivers a convincing performance. However, it is Ranveer Singh who steals the show. He deserves credit for managing to get attention even while sharing screen space with Govinda. At certain points, you catch glimpses of Parineeti's undeniable talent but she still needs to choose roles and clothes that fit her better.

And yes, while one understands the logic of keeping overdrawn emotions in check, a little more elaborate climax would have given a better kick. Watch it for the pleasure of watching two goofballs, Ranveer Singh and Govinda, together.

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