wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)

quick review:

More or less what you expect with a little twist thrown in. Ok fine, a couple of genuine laughs too.

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Director: Rohit Shetty
Running time: 150 minutes
Genres: Action, Romance
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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.

Music Reviews:
Indicine - "4/5"
Milliblog - "Dilwale’s music distills Bollywood in all its familiar glory."
Music Aloud - "8/10"

- 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

40 reviewers(?) - 8 yays 15 so-so 17 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

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 Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - Dilwale is silly at the best of times, but it wastes such great talent. ... 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 Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...What to do: Dilwale is flawed, but it's right for those who believe that love does conquer it all, actually. ... 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 Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...There are songs, some dream sequences and some mandatory fight moments. All-in-all, this is good popcorn time-pass for SRK fans. ... 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 Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Nevertheless, the film is not a bad fare if you buy a ticket with zero expectations or are a die-hard fan of the Khan-Kajol jodi… ... 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 Smita Vyas Kumarh, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - A weak storyline and silliness galore makes this a very irritating and boring watch. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - A frustratingly soulless, unfunny dud. Atrocious. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Ameet Bhuwan, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - Srk Kajol and we deserved better ... full review

Thumbs down, by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - Srk Kajol and we deserved better ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - Predictable, and borderline unwatchable. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mehak Khurana , Desi Martini : ...Verdict - SRK-Kajol's worst outing together, till date. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Satish, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - Watch it for SRK, Kajol, exotic locales and color-corrected visuals. There's nothing much beyond these! ... 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

93 tweeters(?) - 68 yays 3 so-so 22 nays

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

Ram_Khan: Dilwale is full on Paisa wasool go for it! https://t.co/wKw4JXBwnl

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 :)

prayashitweets: #Dilwale .....in love with this film !!!! :-* https://t.co/yl3YqUL1Dc

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...

NareshRathwa: Finally watched Dilwale.....(2nd time).....a very good movie.....read my review below Superb acting by Ajay... https://t.co/YcCPti1JnX

Nairrrrrrrr: Dilwale :)

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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

Hassan45678910: Such a brilliant movie. #Dilwale# #Romantic# #Action# & #Love story# Watched in Myanmar at Shae Saung Theatre. https://t.co/qrYOs2zEln

harisalisyed89: Watched #Dilwale it was so nice @_KritiSanon @Varun_dvn @iamkajol @KajolAtUN @rohitshettyfilm @kingofbolly @SHAHRUKHKHAN0

fizaman: Dilwale for 3rd time. Imma happiest gal indewerrrlllllllllllll #srk (@ Cathay Cineplex in Petaling Jaya, Selangor) https://t.co/h0Re7cxIbu

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

dineshptnk: Dilwale .....Rockz shah bhai ....Full too entertainment... Enjoyed evry bit....& love u as always ...@imsrk_

dharmik18: watched #dilwale its awsome, it delivers wht u expect from a rohit shetty movie loved it

darwis_smith: let's watch again .. #dilwale full movie >> https://t.co/wC1yC8HP4g #DilwaleWorldWideHit

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❤

ctnabilah: Just watched #Dilwale ! Awesome movie! Falling in love with SRK @iamsrk all over again! Love U… https://t.co/uJpcp3ifGC

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



anup_rathour: Finally watch #dilwale only for @rohitshettyfilm not for srk. Excellent job done by Rahit shetty and prove his excellence

Andresm44662992: Dilwale Rock https://t.co/xQv7EqbqeQ

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

virginiakimba: Film review: The star-crossed tale of #Dilwale fails to shine: ... https://t.co/MKQ7C1BZhb

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.

SRKsCrazyFan: #Dilwale You never learn acting till you die: @iamsrk via @indiacom https://t.co/Dh7ATYcEWI

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


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


ABshekB: Want 3 hours of my life back. #Dilwale what a waste !!

7 readers - 2 yays 4 so-so 1 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Anuj

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Aditya : awesome

Yay! Thumbs Up, by K Sanon : Love it

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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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Loads of gun fights
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: Love for family, love for loved one, love for action.
  • General Look and Feel: Loud

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Running time:
150 minutes

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Happy New Year part 2?

At least looking at the promo that is the feeling that comes to mind.

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.

Meetu - you're missing that you're not the audience for this kind of movie! It's a huge steaming pot of masala - to you, it just smells like a bunch of junky ingredients tossed in with some spices, and you've had it so many times already you'd just as soon pass this time.

To me and my American friends, though? It smells yummy, and we can't wait to dig in! ;)


@TimELiebe: you are more hooked to commercial Hindi films than Meetu it would seem. :-)

Nothing wrong. I am truly into commercial Hindi cinema too.


typical SRK hater .i rate you and your reviews (-10) out of (+10)

@Fan - I would be hard-pressed not to like them more than Meetu does! ;)

I'd feel guiltier about being a non-Indian who enjoys "Bollywood" entertainers if I didn't honestly believe that entertainment is what bridges cultures, and shows us how much we all have in common under the surface. It's because of those stupid "superhits" Meetu dislikes so much that a growing number of Americans and English people get a glimpse into a culture that's barely understood in our countries, and so easily demonized (and lumped together!) by our politicians because of that. (Do you really think our Right-Wing front-runner, Donald Trump, has the slightest idea of the difference between Muslims, Hindus and Indian Christians?)

Besides - I'm a movie lover, so I love me some great trash in any language! :D

PS to @Fan: The great American film critic Pauline Kael once wrote an essay defending entertainment movies called "Art, Trash and the Movies", which was were I got "great trash" from. :)

You can find an online copy of the essay at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-7rAevQaV0T9M3O8EY4wQywpaXGWeXIgSRlfJzR23UU/edit .

Prashant Shekhar

Lead actors -2 & Music direction - 2?
Dude I could have taken anything face straight but the above two ratings clearly states how biased your review is. :'D


@TimELiebe : good posts.

@Aditya: didn't understand your outburst against the review. The wogma rating for Dilwaale is in line with a majority of other reviews on the internet.


I watched the film and I didn't enjoy it one bit. Can't figure out why.

There was the signature Rohit Shetty houses in vibrant pastel colours. There was the signature car chase and SUV crashes. There were two of my favourite comedians in the form of Johnny Lever and Sanjay Mishra. Yet I was feeling sick every minute of the show.

Kajol was mesmerising. And that's the only good part. Varun Dhawan is capable of much better performance. No clear reason as to why he agreed to play a sidekick to SRK.

I guess the lack of a story and the absence of one central point of evil made the movie just go in all directions.

The first weekend would see some good business due to advance bookings and the strong star cast. But beyond that i believe that the film will find it difficult to survive against the poor word of mouth and against Bajirao.

So long. Got to run for the Bajirao show. Back again in 4 hours.

Ehinome Okojie

Christmas without the godmen (Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani) Lets see how these films go.

ehinome okojie

Dilwale will go beyond Happy New Year and Chennai Express, if the WOM is similar to RNBDJ's then Dhoom 3 is the target.


@Fan : Dilwale = HNY2 = CE3 = OSO4 = MHN5 = Baadshah6

ehinome okojie

Short of words, have to congratulate team Bajirao Mastani, I still think Dilwale will show an Aashiqui 2 response at the box office. Watch out for week 3.

ehinome okojie

Fan will struggle to cross 125 cr with good word of mouth.


@ Ehinome : too early to comment on Fan's potential revenues. But after the sharing of weekend with a biggie and losing out; SRK would be having nightmares already of trying to poach away Salman's Eid date. Even if Raees is good it'll have a tough time trying to stand out against Sultan. Arrogance would finally finish him off commercially.


"I still think Dilwale will show an Aashiqui 2 response at the box office. Watch out for week 3." LOL...typically senseless remark from an SRK fanatic!

ehinome okojie

Lol Ajay Devgan fan Himmatwala is a disaster huhuhu

ehinome okojie

Dilwale will beat Bajirao at the overseas, and worldwide box office making it a 2-1 win; so chill, life is a circle since Swades and Paheli SRK has not been in full form at the box office, afterall KKHH beat BMCM 17 years ago, the truth is Dhawan and his son lost both clashes. If Paan Singh Tomar 2 clashes with Dangal or Sultan even IIrrfan will get 400 cr while 50 year old Khan will get 25cr.

@TimELiebe Fair enough.

@aditya :)

@Prashant to each his own.


Lol...stammering con artist fanboys need medical treatment or shock therapy now!


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Too many expectations but it couldn't gain my attentions.
I do love romantic movies of SRK but,
-Same that 100 years old story so anybody can predict what would happen after 10 mins.
-Same that overacting of Varun Dhawan sucks.
-The movie shouldn't be of 158 mins. Many people would have gone asleep.
-At least, writers should show some creativity.


145 cr lifetime finish. 75 cr distributor share as opposed to an all India distribution cost of 125 cr. The combined loss for all India distributors is close to 50 cr. Dilwale is a distribution FLOP all the way.

ehinome okojie

Dilwale is an overseas blockbuster.

Kya Picture hai yaar. I love kriti sanon in dilwale movie

@Fan - we saw it finally, a little while back... and yeah, it should have worked better than it did. It felt like the film was so impressed with having gotten SRK and Kajol back together after so many years, and in a Lush Budgett Megaproduction, that it didn't figure out what to do with all that. So we got elaborate musical numbers, insane car stunts, and a plot so convoluted I'm still not sure who loved/killed who.

After several really good roles, Boman Irani was back to slumming it for a paycheck as a pushy gangster who thinks he's deadlier than he is. Johnny Lever is - well, Johnny Lever. The young couple's photogenic - though hearing SRK and Kajol refer to them as their younger sibs when the age differences, and relationships, would have fit Uncles and Aunts better was kind of comic.

A lot of money spent for a movie that - wasn't awful, but wasn't really as entertaining as I'd hoped, either.

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