wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
More or less what you expect with a little twist thrown in. Ok fine, a couple of genuine laughs too.Read more
Cheesy dialogue that goes with tacky romance, Rohit Shetty action and top it off with slapstick that was intolerable even in the 90s. Ok fine, the green screen look given to actual beautiful locations has gotten better, maybe.
Why would I want to watch the film if I am so apprehensive about it? I have this hope that all these smart people, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rohit Shetty – they must know what they are doing. Maybe there is something that I am missing. In search of the missing then, I shall walk into the theater, hoping against hope that I won't have to write an apology letter to my brain later.
- meeta, a part of the audience
A little while into the film and I was wondering why the interval hasn't struck yet. That's usually not a good sign. Occasionally it can mean that so much has happened in the film. Naah, don't get your hopes up, it was the former. Can't remember the last time I saw a film which started off with such a resounding vibe of “what else did you expect?” Toilet humor, racing cars, over-enthusiastic sound effects, and so on. Some time in the middle of the first half there is a slight upward trend with a couple of good laughs and an unexpected plot point. But, we quickly go back to what we were expecting and that's that.
In more than one way, the story comes a full circle from where things started in 1995 with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, it does a double take too. Certainly, Dilwale has a lot more story than you'd expect in a Rohit Shetty film. Doesn't mean the details are any less predictable. Oh, I am exaggerating, the unpredictability lies in the fact that when you expect a song a fight sequence is thrown in.
Also, having a story doesn't mean it isn't ridiculous either. It is and it makes you roll your eyes over and over. And when the story doesn't do that it is taken over by most of the dialogue. That or you snort or snore. The only relief then comes from a few lines that make you laugh. A few of those are just at the plain silliness of it all, a few because of the way Johnny Lever delivers them and a couple from Varun Dhawan's dialogue delivery.
He actually tones the drama down quite a bit. Whether it is the director's call or his contribution is difficult to say. But those times of restraint come as a welcome relief from the background music's omnipresence and more. It is as if the score would feel guilty if the money spent on it didn't show. Kriti Sanon isn't anything out of the ordinary, could be because her character isn't either.
Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol are completely devoid of chemistry in their scens together. Just like old times - he hams, she shrieks. I don't know if I'm sad that we know that he can “not ham” and she can “not shriek”. Irrespective of what happens later in the film, that might justify their behavior, that bit was quite unbearable to sit through. They make up for it a bit later with a lovely scene. Awkward sitautions in Hindi films usually go wrong just by exaggeration. Owing to the actors restrain in this particular scene, it turns into one which I will remember every time I think of the film.
Which unfortunately, will not be too often. As I wrote the preview for Dilwale, I wondered why should I watch a film that I am so apprehensive about. And now I remember. Films like these were one of the reasons for me to start wogma. Films that are superhits, but I just didn't like. Films that ask me to keep my brain aside. Films that are loud and are proud of it. It was to raise my squeaky, little voice and register a protest.
While watching it today, I remembered the other reason. In these films there would usually be something that I enjoyed. These moments would get masked by the negativity the film would invite by just being what it was. However, I didn't want to forget those moments and how a movie made me feel. With Dilwale the one tiny twist showed me a ray of hope that at least some attention is being paid to writing. A couple of genuine laughs took the bite away from the toilet humor the film began with. The one scene with awkward silence stuck. Other than these, the movie was everything I expected from it – yawn and cringe inducing. But hey, that's how little it takes to go from “Switch channels if it's on cable” to “Watch if you have nothing better to do”.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, DILWALE is akin to a mouthwatering meal that satiates the craving of those who relish masalathons, besides being an absolute treat for SRK-Kajol fans. An unadulterated crowd-pleaser, DILWALE delivers what you expect from a Rohit Shetty film: King-sized entertainment. Go for it! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Anish Dilwale Bhagat, Desi Martini : ...U can not expect any better comedy and romantic movie than this... Total paisa vasool.... Give it a try... I'm sure u ppl would love the movie ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ashish Diwakar, Desi Martini : ...its an entertainer...and you see what do you mean when you say entertainer ! punchlines (loved it ) bit of everything because you gotta impress " sava saw crore" peoples !... full review
Thumbs up, by Aavishkar Gawande, Desi Martini : ...On the whole , Dilwale is a sure shot Winner and a Block Buster . It will set many records but it would be interesting to see if Dilwale manages to dominate Sanjay leela Bhansali’s magnum Opus Bajirao Mastani .Time will tell but now take your family and rush to meet these Dilwale... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Dilwale is the quintessential popcorn flick. It’s colorful, bright and entertaining. It smartly keeps its play on the SRK-Kajol chemistry (watch out for the brilliant ending). It has fantastic music. Decent laughs too. Definitely worth a dekho. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The filmmaker has never been a fan of subtlety and so the dialogue is obvious and background score remains relentless. He retains collaboration with cinematographer Dudley, who gives us some lovely snatches of Bulgaria and Goa. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: Though it has a predictable and cliché plot, it is watchable as it is entertaining and will score over Bajirao Mastani at the box office.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...Also, comic fillers by class actor Sanjay Mishra, Boman Irani and Johny Lever is enjoyable. Comedy is cent percent Rohit Shetty style and 'Fukrey' actor Varun Sharma too plays his sidekick part with full conviction. ... full review
So-So, by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life : ...Rohit Shetty has tried something different with Dilwale and that’s an effort worth complimenting. Watch Dilwale for Shah Rukh-Kajol’s mesmerising chemistry and that last dialogue in the film that will make you go down the memory lane and realise why they are a jodi made in heaven! ... full review
So-So, by Sushmita Murthy, Deccan Chronicle : ...The thing about Dilwale is that it over promises and under delivers. In a bid to chase the Bollywood success formula of a masala flick, which Rohit Shetty undisputedly has cracked over the years, this film tried to pack too many punches in one. As a result, none are strong enough. ... full review
So-So, by Maulin Parmar, Desi Martini : ...Music by Pritam is good. Gerua is a hit. Janam Janam is as well. Emotion song is cool. Tukur Tukur is suitable in the end titles. I don't get the reason why they put that slow song in the last 20 minutes. I mean it's unnecessary. Lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya is enjoyable. On the whole, SRK-Kajol lovers have to watch them on the silver screen. I'm sure I don't want to say to Srk's fans to watch this, because they will for sure. Others may find it slow and boring. But, definitely a one time watch in the theater.... full review
So-So, by Suhail Hasan, Desi Martini : ...Overall Review-Well, Dilwale is a good one time watch paisa vasool movie if you are just a random movie lover. But if you are A SRK-Kajol die hard fan, than let me tell you, that this one, will definitely disappoint you. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...This is definitely not an original effort, neither does it have any distinctive aspiration. All it does is play-up the familiarity and charm by getting the right mix of actors, events and humorous moments together. A masala entertainer for sure… but certainly not memorable. ... full review
So-So, by Zehra Abbas , fullhyd.com : ...The title's referencing to DDLJ has created certain expectations, so firstly recalibrate those. Secondly, remember that this is a brownie, not a gateaux. As a matter of fact, when you see Khan and Kajol lip-syncing to "Gerua" on top of an old plane in the middle of nowhere, you'll wonder if it's a hash brownie - watch the film only for the undeniable magic of the leads. ... full review
So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...Dilwale is immensely enjoyable despite an oh-my-god-this-is-so-predictable story. Keep your brains out of the picture, and you have an out-and-out entertainer. Dilwale fits perfectly in the mould of a guilty pleasure. Go indulge! ... full review
So-So, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Dilwale is not an enjoyable ride all the way. The film has its moments and mainly it is the predictability and cliches that kill it. One of the best scenes between Kajol and Shah Rukh comes right at the end but its too late to save the film then. For its half-entertainment. ... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Even if you are not a Rohit Shetty fan, watch this for the chemistry between SRK and Kajol which refuses to simmer down even after all these years.... full review
So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...There is more hate and distrust in Dilwale than love. No amount of good-natured clowning and old school romance can save it from sinking into a deep pit a patchiness. ... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Where Comedy Nights with Kapil and Comedy Nights Bachao are staples, Rohit Shetty is big boss! So just LOL! Or even better just seek solace in SRK's outstretched arms. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...There is not much in the writing of Dilwale that could help these two recreate the sparks that flew between them in their earlier films, but they do radiate warmth for each other, a warmth that wafts off the screen and floats about the air in a sigh-inducing fashion. Each time Shah Rukh and Kajol are together in a frame, you can almost forgive Dilwale for everything else that it ought to have been but is not. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In all, DILWALE was a big disappointment for me and the only performance I loved watching in it was of Sanjay Mishra, saying his witty one liners in an entertaining style. However if you still wish to know what’s in store here in comparison to the director’s last SRK film, then DILWALE is not even close to Rohit’s CHENNAI EXPRESS that at least had Deepika Padukone as its biggest savior. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rishabh Jain, Desi Martini : ...Plz rohit shetty spear us _/\_ ur last 3 movie had been such an utter nonsense that I can not even watch ur previous movies now . SRK plz start choosing some sensible and good scripts like fan want to see being versatile ... full review
Thumbs down, by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost : ...Did Mr Shetty tell you that the script was about you and Kajol and how the younger couple would be instrumental in bringing the two of you together? Or did he tell you that you two would sing songs, have one romantic scene and one hate scene, with plenty of cars and bullets thrown in? ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Vatst, Hindustan Times : ...Once you’re over with “dil ka chilka” kind of songs and “King ka aadmi mujhe drugs bechne ko bolta hai” sort of dialogues, you’ll start wondering about the film’s huge canvas and its lack of coherence. Pankaj Tripathi and Mukesh Tiwari’s comic timing is a good thing about Dilwale. In fact, Tiwari and Tripathi are instrumental in making the audience sit through this 135-minute film. ... full review
Thumbs down, by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live : ...Doesn’t help either that the film clocks in at a butt-numbing 155 minutes. I got up to leave at three different points that I imagined were the climax, only to discover that there was still more to come. Never a good sign when you’re looking at your watch instead of the screen. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...At one point. Varun Sharma rants on the difficulties of wooing a girl, reminding viewers of the ones already heard in Pyaar Ka Punchnama series , and laments about how pricey a movie date in a multiplex is. One can't help but think is Dilwale really worth the ticket and popcorn and fizz. The verdict: It isn't. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Even the car stunts -- something Shetty is known for -- are unoriginal, coming to us from Goldeneye and The Fast And The Furious movies, and so Dilwale, which, in its convoluted, sloppy fashion, tries to pay homage to Mukul Anand's Hum -- a highly compelling action melodrama -- was always going to be an uphill climb. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Varun overdoes it. SRK is hemmed in, Kajol tries too hard. Pankaj Tripathi, now what is an actor like that doing there? Only one having a good time is Sanjay Mishra. Also, just as an aside, SRK looks great in the stubbly avatar. He should stay unshaven forever. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...Technically, for all the money spent, the film’s mounting looks garish and tacky as if the filmmaker wants every color in every frame. The songs are so-so but picturized rather poorly and do little than bring the narrative to a grinding halt each time they come. The frantic camera movements, over-cut action sequences and a loud, loud sound design coupled with a hugely overblown background score try their best to cover up a substance-less narrative but fail miserably. ... full review
zulhelmihazlan: Dilwale. 4/5.
zainab_sufiyan: Umm , I think #Dilwale was too good as the comparison of #BajiraoMastani
yaseenk94595462: Dilwale dekhi abhi mast movie hai mere bhaiyo
Xo_Mids: Dilwale was so good guys
WeenaPradhan: Awesome looks and work @iamsrk in Dilwale. Never looked so good and apt performance. Love SRK. Kajol was amazing too
VkSana18: DILWALE...what an Awesome movie...Every1 should watch it once...Luved it @iamsrk @Varun_dvn @kritisanon Great work guyxz✌❤❤
VermaVerma41: Watch Dilwale.
Varunliciouss: but All I know is! Dilwale is spectacular! and I've loved it too the core!♡ @Varun_dvn #DilwaleWorldWideHit
tfqtorretto: dilwale was aweesome i swear
Sush_salian: Finally watched Dilwale. Romance, Drama, Emotions, wt not.. Everyone must watch.. N of course @iamsrk was looking damn HOTTT...
suhanaujang: Wonderful beautiful charming princess @KajolAtUN I fall in love ur movie #Dilwale
subhojyoti146: Dilwale's Biz is At Par with JaiHo for the Weekend.
SRKFanJTHJ: Leaving twitter in a week or two . I cant see so much negativity abt my idol @iamsrk . Enjoyed #Dilwale even 2nd time u r too good in film .
SRK_RaDzzJulY10: Dilwale Dekhne Phir Janaa Hai Yaar
Srk_parul: Finally dekhli dilwale n loved it ❤️❤️❤️ @iamsrk plzz mere sath waisi 5 min ki date plzz
SRK_Arjuneeti: Dilwale is so perfect.
SreosiR: Watched "Dilwale" .I loved it!!! SRK rocks!!
srai5458: Dilwale is good film.
shyam__bala: #Dilwale enjoyable. Sanjay Mishra ( Apple Singh to WC99 cricket fans) steals the show. SRK/Kajol can still own the screen 8/10
ShivagangaHubli: Loving #Dilwale ...interval tym @iamsrk ..yaar ur looks kill me ..muhaaa
shaikjilani_786: Wat an entertaining film Dilwale was,joyful ride enjoyed thoroughly with family,special mention that kids r extremely loving Dilwale
SanthM: I don't understand all the trolling for #Dilwale. It was not THAT bad! I enjoyed it, actually. Shahrukh was fun to watch on screen :-)
sakilurrahaman9: thanxx to shah rukh,kajal,barun and kriti for the superb,blockbuster film dilwale.its a amazing movie.......... one of the best film
pujabanik5: Finally watched dilwale...srk & kajol r just awesome....... Love u
Pretty_Mano: Watched #Dilwale last night... its great movie... <3 loved those five minutes :)
paresh021: Smashing acting by srk with blistering play by varun & kajol .a full entertain family movie a must watch #dilwale movie.
nischay_nm: Dilwale is very nice movie It touchs go go before house full
NisaZahra07: superb fabulous movie #Dilwale...... ntar mlm mw nnton lagi...
Nairrrrrrrr: Dilwale :)
MrImransk: Thé Süpérß møvîë øf #Dilwale
meLaksh19: Guyzz must go watch #Dilwale It's amazing #DilwaleWorldWideHit
KadwaTruth: #Dilwale best movie to end 2015 with. Love you @iamsrk ! You make everyone believe in love.
jeetofcourse: Watched dilwale. Srk-kajol show all the way. Srk's acting, look, beard-mind blowing. Last 40 minutes were the best
jeetendrask: #Dilwale is a good film, and has been criticized way beyond what it deserves. An entertaining watch, SRKajol make you fall in love, again!
iPriyankaBhatt: Wasooli bhai ek dum mast hai! #Dilwale
imNitsjha: #Dilwale rocks #DilwaleWorldWideHit
im_MonicaJain: Watched dilwale today ❤❤❤❤ n evry scene gave me goosebumps in my body ❤❤❤ @iamsrk @Varun_dvn @kritisanon @RedChilliesEnt lved it lyk hell❤❤❤
iKatolicious: #Dilwale was entertaining. Some scenes are too hilarious. @Varun_dvn, @varunsharma90 and Johnny Bhai provide ample laugher.
IamtanM: I watch now #dilwale wonderfull the romance jodi is back @iamsrk @kajolatun
i_m_mudussar: Awesome movie by srk dilwale #DilwaleWorldWideHit
i_amnikita: In theater to watch #Dilwale all over again. Love u @iamsrk #DilwaleWorldWideHit
Hudawiyahh: Im not one of the hindi film fan, but Dilwale is seriously worth-to-watch movie. Seriously
HinaaShakeel: Dilwale was sooo good! Uff how i missed seeing Kajol And Srk together
harisalisyed89: Watched #Dilwale it was so nice @_KritiSanon @Varun_dvn @iamkajol @KajolAtUN @rohitshettyfilm @kingofbolly @SHAHRUKHKHAN0
Farisul_Hakim: Dilwale the best. Memang main emosi doh cter tu
farinanana16: Thank you Dilwale for make my day
FarahAqilahFA: Dilwale is the best movie ever! Nak kasi 5 star! Yayy
Duapuluhseng: Dilwale sumpah hakak kasi 10/10 ⭐️
dreamer11_ana: I loved this Dilwale
dharmik18: watched #dilwale its awsome, it delivers wht u expect from a rohit shetty movie loved it
CuteMadhu16: But ya,being neutral,not bcz Im a true SRKIAN,among the two films #Dilwale is a winner.It has every single element that a blockbuster needs❤
CristianoYani7: #Dilwale for the second round ✔ And the third round is coming. I can't limit myself when it is about @iamsrk
Chirags59459185: Dilwale awsomeeeee ramlal and pogooo
bamazeera: I give 10x100 stars for this movie. Legends always the best
atqhiskndr: DILWALE WAS HELLA FUN
anup_rathour: Finally watch #dilwale only for @rohitshettyfilm not for srk. Excellent job done by Rahit shetty and prove his excellence
AlBasharQuresh1: I love dilwale...baji rao mastani. great picture but not battle for dilwale
shakil763: My review on dilwale 2.5/5....better than happy new year worse than chennai express
khyenisaa: #Dilwale ✅ Not bad but yet still can't beat KKHH & KKKG
Dhriti_smita14: #Dilwale-3star @iamsrk @KajolAtUN @Varun_dvn @kritisanon #BajiraoMastani- 4star @RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone @priyankachopra
utkarshbhrgv: in #DIlwale no one acted well, direction was worse & the story, this was so f**king illogical & senseless. @iamsrk
techyhere: And yeah #Dilwale is terrible.
singh1659: Bajirao mastani - A true love story of a great leader & warrior,,nice movie love it.. Nice option To see instead of dilwale
sabkilengayab: #KamaalRKhan #KrK Review about #Flopwale #Dilwale is the best review amongst all. Point to Point #BoycottDilwale #DilwaleWorstFilmEver #SRK
Raheelkhawaja87: worst film ever ... copy cat... same boring SRK #DilwaleWorldWideHit #Dilwale nothing new ..
Prem_dillwala: Chud gaya dilwale Flop hogai dilwale
prasad_deva: WORST MOVIE EVER.MADE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DILWALE AND DIMAGWALE. #DilwaleWorldWideHit
OyeMehaki: Dilwale is the worst thing SRK and Kajol have been in and they have been in Gopi bahu wala drama.
Ootkarsh: #Dilwale was typical tatti from Rohit Shetty. Funny in couple of scenes. Heavy overactin by some stars. Wasted. SRK & Kajol chemistry rocked
munimkazia: Dilwale is probably the worst Hindi movie I've seen.. And that's saying a lot.
maapraveendeo: I have never seen such a boring movie like dilwale.
lodha_nidhi: No matter how much I force myself just did not like Dilwale! It managed to irritate even the most ardent of SRK fans! #dilwale #wasteoftime
KumarLuv: Dilwale: It is like the actors knew this script is written by some school boy, and they should act accordingly.
Kalamwali_Bai: Went to watch Dilwale with no expectations. It still disappointed me.
JohnnyCruise2: Dilwale-Quite disappointing
iamkashan1: my weekend was as boring as dilwale
deyabhi86: #Dilwale# not as exciting as said#
bhardwajdev51: Dilwale is supar flop movie
being_banjara: DILWALE DEKH KE POPAT BANEGA INDIA
ABshekB: Want 3 hours of my life back. #Dilwale what a waste !!
Not Interested in Watching, by Anuj
So-So, by abhi : 5
So-So, by Fan
So-So, by Prashant Shekhar : It's a neat entertaining film, having strong hold on romance & comedy. Story wise it's not unique .
So-So, by TimELiebe : Less Entertaining Than I'd Hoped - Either the Writing's Way Off, or I'm Starting to Develop...Taste?
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Prince Moga : Movie is ok
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