wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Mediocre lines are converted to lame by some awful timing and some rock-solid misdirection. Save a couple of interesting characters performed well, there's nothing at all watchable in this 150-minute ordeal.Read more
No one can be blamed if they look for a theme when they are out to watch a Madhur Bhandarkar film. So here's the million-dollar question - what do you think is the theme of the Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, here's a trailer to help with your guesses.
Men ogling at women with plenty of thought bubbles at their disposal. snicker
Nastiness aside, there seems to be an office environment but I seriously doubt the setting has anything to do with the three male leads hit by love. It actually will be refreshing to see Madhur Bhandarkar try a rom-com. And if the following snippets from the trailer are anything to go by, it looks like there will be a light and breezy com and the rom won't be a disgusting mush.
What is also highlighted is that the woman don't look like they'll have much to do and whatever they do only highlights that they are awful actors. Which also means the need for crisp dialogues is even stronger. The promos do give a glimpse of decent writing. As in, we sort-of know what the three men are like. Or at least we can take a fair guess on what their ideas about love, sex, marriage and everything that goes along are likely to be.
Just the kind of movie that could be full of clichés and yet has the potential to keep that smile on while it lasts.
milliblog - "Peppy, enjoyable score from Pritam."
music aloud - "Though the soundtrack lacks a song that matches the class of the song the movie borrowed its title from, Pritam produces an engaging fare for Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji."
Apun Ka Choice - ""
Bollyspice - "2/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
The heart - it is allowed to behave like a child; especially when it's in lhhove and all. But what is unacceptable is to allow a kid - however grown-up he might be - to write a full-length feature film. The situations are amateur and the play on words is childish. If you are not convinced of the low standards of story and dialogue writing in the first two hours, watch out (if you are going to watch that is) for the down-market climax.
Within the first few minutes of the film, the three lead characters and their problems are presented to you. This is done as plainly and as non-creatively as possible - which is true of the rest of the narrative too. It is literally Ajay Devgn's love story - cut - Omi Vaidya's love story - cut - Emraan Hashmi's love story - cut - repeat. Within the first few rounds, you can predict where the next cut in the story is going to take you. To the next of the three characters and whatever he is upto next.
Only that, whatever is happening in his life next is pretty much similar to what happened last. Ajay Devgn is the clueless, middle-aged boss falling helplessly in love with a girl almost half his age. And he keeps falling in love. There's nothing out of this world that this actor is required to do. Emraan Hashmi (they call him Abby) is the playboy -- surprise! -- who is always thinking of the next girl to take to bed. Even when he likes one more than the others, it seems like he has only one aim in mind. A been-there-done-that for him too. Omi Vaidya (Milind Kelkar) is a simpleton and proud of it. Once he falls in love he lets the woman take him for a ride. Again and again. Omi's performance was almost a repeat of his 3 Idiots character. Also his timing is completely off. He actually had a couple of good lines which are completely given away by the way he said them
Now apart from these repetitions, there was this constant nag. I am rooting for no one. Not even the good-natured, squeaky-clean-at-heart, aawww-so-sweet-that-he's-boring Milind. And I think a lot of it had to do with timing. Maybe just maybe, the lame lines I was complaining about might have been tolerable if they were delivered as quickly as a comedy requires them to be. An extra pause here, a moment of thought there puts an ailing dialogue to sleep.
In the midst of some dreadful writing, it is disproportionately refreshing to see some sort-of variety in character for a couple of the women in the film. Not that the details are deeply thought through, but since they are performed reasonably well, they provided some relief in the otherwise plain narrative. Tisca Chopra as the woman going through mid-life crisis and Shraddha Das as the woman who can misuse people around her were the only source of relief - the characters as much as the actors themselves.
On the other hand, Shruti Hassan has the flattest dialogue delivery ever and it got too damn annoying even if it was a smaller role compared to the others. And it is difficult to judge if Shazahn Padamsee can act if all she has to do is chirp, "please please please please please." Sure, her character requires her to do that, so we will save judgment until she gets some real dialogue.
And what's with Madhur Bhandarkar paying a tribute to all his films? Just when you are wondering if a glimpse from Page 3 and Corporate are coincidental, you witness a ramp walk and a jail is thrown in too. Sure, his attempt is not as in the face as other self-referencing directors manage. And though it does sort-of weave in and out of the film, it is still distracting. Oh yeah, and there is the trademark referencing to homosexuality too. But this time around its really shoddy and stereotypical.
Madhur Bhandarkar's trial at exposing the big-bad world of love turned out to be a 75-minute wait for the interval followed by another 75-minute wait for it to end. You don't care how, you don't care why, all you care about is when.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...But post intermission, as usual the pace drops a little with all the emotional drama coming in and that does make you feel restless for a while.... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...The camaraderie between Ajay, Emraan and Omi and the unpredictable storyline post intermission is the driving point of this motion picture.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...You will enjoy the feel good moments in the first half of the film. The second half has some serious moments, but the whole feel good moments keep continuing throughout the film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, apart from a few sequences is well directed. The film has its moments and is certainly a good one time watch if you walk in without high expectations. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...Besides the powerful writing (Sanjay Chel's dialogues are tongue-in-cheek and sometimes killing in their effectual demolition of the sacred cows of urban conduct) and razor-sharp characterization (barring the caricatural people in Devgn's office), the film gets high marks for dead-on casting.... full review
Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...In the music department, the movie falls short of expectations though some of the songs like 'Abhi Kuch Dino Se' and 'Tere Bin' are worth listening.... full review
So-So, by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...It’s these little funny crackles that make Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji worth sitting through once. The movie isn’t a laugh riot it might have been, but it has some engaging moments... full review
So-So, by Kakoli Mukherjee, fullhyd.com : ...Omi Vaidya does well in his comfort zone with his trademark diction, but runs the risk of being typecast in the Chatur Mahalingam genre if he does not try anything new the next time. ... full review
So-So, Mixed Bag : ...I am not too sure if Pritam still steals, but the song ‘Abhi kuch dino se’ sung by Mohit Chauhan, is sweet and romantic. Then most of his compositions are. Later on, someone would raise allegations - quite the norm these days.... full review
So-So, The Hindu : ...The screenplay is built on an interesting premise with a few life-like characters giving it solid support but an uneven treatment and at times crass tone makes it a brittle experiment. ... full review
So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...First, the love tangle gets repetitive; the length is a bit too long; the humour missing in many places and the Madhur make-over as a comedy maestro somewhat half-hearted.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nishtha Bhatnagar, Alpha : ...Firstly it is excruciatingly slow, secondly it has poor gags, that don’t even allow you intermittent laughs, and thirdly it wastes three good actors. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Are we to be relieved that Bhandarkar is no longer fulminating and finger-wagging from his celluloid pulpit? Or should we worry that he’s even worse with the rhythms of comedy than he is with drama?... full review
Thumbs down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Madhur Bhandarkar tried to do something different here, yet he hasnt really moved away form his formulaic school of film making which we have seen in Fashion, Traffic Signal or Page 3.... full review
Thumbs down, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...If not for accomplished actors like Devgn and Hashmi (last seen together in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai), the film would have looked like one big ham. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...It's a larger comment on the film industry, less a critique of the filmmaker himself, that a director as aesthetically challenged should be anointed an auteur in our cinema. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shivani, merinews : ...in a slow romantic scene you see a sudden zoom in- zoom out. Plus, if you think that it is aesthetic to keep your background absolutely blur while having a conversation in a mid shot then it’s not a smart thing unless and until you are ready to accept a poster texture.... full review
Thumbs down, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...While the cinematography is inconsistent, the production quality is a letdown. The background music is too loud and the editing is just about ok. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Passion for Cinema : ...You do smile and heh-heh occasionally, but that’s it: the impact is that of a joke book you’d pick up from a railway station stall.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...On the unbearable side, there's a cantankerous Shraddha Das dilating her pupils through every single scene and Shazahn at her could-I-be-any-more-annoying? best.... full review
Thumbs down, by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice : ...Shazahn is always perfectly turned out and wears glamourous dresses as if she has no other work to do. Her protruding lips are quite distracting.... full review
Thumbs down, by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall : ...the acting that Bhandarkar has extracted from the female leads amounts to pretty much a little more than nothing and makes them quite the bitches even if they are being 'practical.'... full review
yuka19840303: I went to see "Dil toh baccha hai ji" I like it!!!!
vksmaini: DIL TO BACHA HAI JI...light hearted comedy...nice movie....
vivek_0071: #Dil to bacha hai ji... Good movie....
VivekSanthosh: "Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji"- Timepass lighthearted sex-comedy with Bhandarkar's patent signature on the theme,"Love Grows,But Men Don't"! 7.5/10
tubelighton: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. Ajay Devagan has acted brilliantly. Its wonderful to see men man up to their real ages in films.
Toufiq_Hasmi: Hi plp. Dil toh baccha hai ji turns a super hit. Must and Njoy.
ThyNameShirish: Dil toh baccha hai ji--lovable movie.i liked it. Humming the tune "abhi kuch dino se....." nice song.
therealmaniac: "Dil toh Baccha hai Ji" - A nice and Refreshing Movie, A must watch for all GUYS out there!!!
Tarun_Moony: cont....A must watch Dil to bachcha hai ji..do what ur Dil says jst like a child ..dunt thnk about d world..
tanmays: just back from Dil Toh Baccha hai Ji. Awesome entertainer! Most probably the best movie to watch this week!
talktoanil: go watch "Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji" fantastic fresh comedy n awesome music.
svinz: Saw Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji... Sweet movie. Has its moments. @shazahnpadamsee / June Pinto was cute and adorable. Ajay & Omi were good as well
sumanthreddy549: Dil toh baccha hai ji........... superb comedy movie ..... just awesome :) :D
spalveer: "had nice weekend"-------------- Dil to bacha hai ji -----------------must see
shubham1808: Today I watched "Dil to bacha hai ji" nice movie. You must watch it atleast one time.
shahchirag43: DIL TO BACHCHA HAI JI NICE MOOOOOOVI
sagarmhp: I watched dil to bacha hai ji. Its nice,romantic comedy film.my rating-4/5.dont miss it.
priyankawasnik: "Dil toh baccha hai ji"....toooooo good movie! :) :)
prasoon_prakash: Wonderful movie " Dil to bacha hai ji". but i think i m a typical old fashioned indian viewer. Its not a 'my kind of happy ending'
pranayv: Dil toh Baccha Hai JI! Good movie :)
phalinshah: Dil Toh Baccha hai ji-Reality on screen!Worth a watch!
patromalay: Must watch Dil to Bacha Hai Ji!!Again a nice movie by Madhur BhandarKar..Its like 10 on 10..
naresh0907101: Just seen dil to bacha hai ji.very nice
maxabout: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji - This one is Amongst Madhur's Most Accomplished Works http://movies.maxabout.com/movie/dil-toh-baccha-hai-ji/212141
kool889: madhur bhandarkar is the best,DIL TO BACHCHA HAI JI rocks
JeEt25FoRu: 2011 's first superhit movie.(Dil to bacha hai ji).beautyful work done by madhur bhandarkar
IvoryCloud: Dil To Bacha hai Ji--- HILLARIOUS Movie!! Must watch for all the 37+ YO!!! Can't stop laughing! superb acting by Ajay Devgan & Emraan Hashmi
iqkazim: just watched Dil To bacha hai ji ..... Rocking....
indra_miniro: DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI undoubtedly gr8 movie,really touched my heart........
harishhpcl: awesome movie dil to bachcha hai ji
gurmeet1010: just watched dil to bacha hai ji with friends..............it was nice...........
goodboypmohit: Hi frnds i m back to twitter i must say watch dil toh baccha hai ji it is amazing movie.
gkm_: Dil toh baccha hai ji is a fantastic film.BHANDAR Has doné a fantastic job
gaurav_desai84: Saw Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji today .......... Nice rom-com ......... Ajay Devgan is awesome !!!!!!!!!!
chirag16: saw DIL TO BACHCHA HAI JI... Nice movie.. !!
callsamik: After a long period found a hindi movie worth waching... Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji... Nice time pass.
bharat_loya_030: dil toh baccha hai ji its cool mve.......
basalsharif: watch all of u dil toh baccha hai ji its nice movie!
avi_san: dil to bacha hai ji movie is good !!! WATCHABLE
atomkpadhy: watched apocalypto and dil to bacha hai ji...both are fun watch...
ASHUVNS005: just saw dil toh baccha hai ji n had lots of fun ,realy an outstanding movie n just perfect for young genre!!! "LOVE GROWS MEN DONT"
arjunRockz: Dil To Bacha Hai Ji was awesome, super funny :D !! loved it, #reco to all :D
ankxxxx: dil to bacha hai ji.............wht a movie...... really love grows....men don't!!
anish41: hey guyz d movie is awesome ( dil toh baccha hai ji ) u did a gr8 job june,best luck 4 ur up coming movies ..hop 2 see u soon tc .!!!
anikhirawat: watched dil to bacha hai ji .. Cool movie ...
AkkuRaJesh: "dil toh baccha hai ji" nice laughter movie..
abhi_lawyer: Watched dil to bachcha hai ji..loved it! Ajay devgn is outstanding..
abhijitpise: Yesterday I saw a movie Dil to bacha hai Ji, its a good love story of 3 guys n there emotional feelings after breaking up...
AafaqKhan: Fantabulous creation by Madhur Bhandarkar; Dil to bacha hai ji
9033461630: Yesterday i have been seen movie dil to bachcha hai ji,it's comedy movie and good.i enjoyed it.
5wapniltweets: Dil to bacha hai ji..! Just superb...! Awesum castin..! Must watch guys....!!
5adi5: Dil toh baccha hai ji was a nice experiment by madhur bhandarkar..emraan n omi were awesome
wittytwitts: " Dil to bachcha hai ji " Toda kachcha hai ji If u saw its oke ! If u don't, than u don't at all miss any thing !
Utkarsh_Ambasth: dil to bacha hai ji is a gud movie not the best...
rohandasgupta: #MyReview DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is an average entertainer. Story, direction, acting etc. were just OK, nothing too special. #MyRating 3/5.
ravigtamt: "Dil to bachcha hai ji" is so so, Not too good, Ajay Sir is too good and other 2 is so so. one time watch movee.... story is true..........
praveen_bhaskar: Dil to bachcha hai ji was too predictable to be interesting.. Its OK for a one time watch...
pnarora: While the movie Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji seems mish-mash of Extract, etc. is blah but @shrutihaasan is a delight to watch. LA wants more girl!
PAVANSURVI: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji: first half is pretty basic nothing new. First half is slow but it picks up with interval twist .. 2.25/5 #dtbhj
nocluemind: Dil to bachcha hai ji ..is okay movie.I was expecting it to be comedy but it was slow paced movie on relationships..songs are melodious..
naveenmurali: Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji - A good timepass movie! & not to forget the beautifully rendered Abhi Kuch dino se by Mohit Chauhan
MirchiPune: Dil to bacha hai ji 1st half is gd,enjoyed it bt 2nd is slow,nt torturing though bt bit boring.Average comedy.Lead trio is gd - @rjrahul983
manjarimukul: Today I watched Dil to bachcha hai ji,it was gud bt expected a lot fm madhur bhandarkar.
ksg91: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji - 5.5/10 ok ok movie. You feel unsatisfied at the end. #MovieReview
filmnews4u: 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji' is about real people, situations & problems. Rating: 3/5
DharavNPatel: Today saw Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji... It is just time-pass movie... not must watch movie...
darklordkk: Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji is a movie tailor made for ANTI-LOVE proponents. Great deadpan comedy by Ajay Devgan and the cast for sure. #timepass
coolrus10: saw dil toh baccha hai ji ... One time watch movie .. Nothing new to see
bharatjesrani: Saw Dil toh baccha hai ji yestrday it was ok.........comedy......tympass
basithilicious: dil toh baccha hai ji is quite predicatable at the end but it had his moments of fun ,
ankrishkhanna: Dil toh baccha hai ji.. Hmm.. 6/10 ,1 tym watch.Ajay Devgn is sweet,subtle.. Emraan Hashmi does it once again.. Yes there's some matter :P
3masood: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a good movie in the start and jokes are also funny and sensible but at the end is boring.
yivijay: dil toh baccha hai ji is bad in every imaginable way...dont watch unless u r a fan of shruti or shazaan L:http://is.gd/wpadAd
vish_agg87: WARNING: dont even dare to watch Dil to BAcha hai Ji- waste of time and money
vishal1mehra: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is #Boring to the G. #Movie
ViranchiR: Dil toh baccha hai ji .....agar baante hue kewal bacche ka demag bhi use kiya hota ... toh shayad picture acchi hoti....
vikiagarwal: Watched dil to bacha hai ji...absurd ending...:-(
venks009: Please don't watch DIL TO BACHCHA HAI JI movie...Madhur Bhandarkar must have gone crazy to have made a movie like this after FASHION.....
sunil289: dil to bachcha hai ji. funny from far, far from funny.
singhnileshk: Saw "Dil to bacha hai ji"....absolute nonsense....waste of time. Just to feel good saw "Groundhog day"...recommended....#fb
singhcd: #singhcdFILMreviews Dil toh baccha hai ji - downs: boring & predictable in chunks, few laughs & wooden actresses.
Sharma_Ashwani: Just watched "Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji" .... can't suffer even thinking for this again .... Just amazed how MB could make this type of movie!
sanchitgoyal: Dil to bacha hai ji- 4/10. Below average movie. Though thumbs up for Ajay devgn's acting skills.
Sakshikumar: Eugghh! Dil toh Baccha hai ji is such a boring movie. Bad dialogue and direction. Sigh!
rraajj4u: Typically predictable mv nothing gr8 RT"@neha2303: Dil to bachcha hai ji was horrible #donotwatch #moviereview"
RJ_is_Here: Really enjoy ? boring movie RT @_Deepakkumar: Today Enjoyed The Movies Dil to Bacha hai ji with colleagues !!!!!!!!
rbhotica: Dil toh baccha hai ji is a must must must avoid movie. Ridiculously bad acting and storyline. Not one laughable scene.
RahulGarima: Dil to bacha hai ji... Lost it !! Not that great ..
neha2303: Dil to bachcha hai ji was horrible #donotwatch #moviereview
jothsnarajan: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji: Empty plot and cast, Total waste of time.
Jannu_mits: Saw Dil to Bacha hai ji today very boring time barbad karna hai
Chinmay2802: Saw Dil to bachcha hai ji.... 0 on 10... dont you ever watch if yu get to... what a waste of weekend :(
aroratanvi: Dil to bachcha hai ji gets about 2 stars! Not that you feel like pulling your hair out! Definitely not good either!
anuradhasays: CNBCTV18 Weekend:Beautiful People:Madhur Bhandarkar. 'Dil to Bacha Hai Ji' - laboured laughter & insights into male psyche not meaningful.
anu91178: 'Dil to bachcha hai ji' is an average at the best. Too long and very less humour.
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Three single men fall in love. Each one of them is aiming for something out of their league. Do they get what they want? Is it a happy ending?