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Friday, 14 November 2014

Kill / Dil

Shaad Ali is known for making movies that please the heart more often than not.  Saathiya to begin with and then Bunty Aur Babli.  But for some inexplicable reason after that, he made one called Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and now he has all but indicated of his lack of interest in cinema with Kill / Dil.

Now, I have seen many a bad movie over the past few years and most of you are aware of that.  But I have rarely seen a movie that is absolutely casual.  That is made in probably a single take everytime.  And that is not because the take was perfect but simply because they were just not interested in making a good movie.

They just wanted to get it over and done with in an, “Itna paisa mein itnaich milenga” approach. Kill / Dil is exactly that kind of a movie.  Everything about the movie is casual.  The actors, the editing, the continuity, the script, the cinematography – you name it and it is just CASUAL!!!

To begin with lets look at the story.  Two abandoned babies are found in a trash can by Bhaiyyaji (Govinda) who adopts them.  They grow into Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar – Tutu??? What kind of a name is Tutu????) – hired assassins.  Imagine having a name called Tutu.  How much more casual can it get.

Dev bumps into Disha (Parineeti Chopra) at a bar.  After a few bad jokes and forced laughter over SMSes, they fall in louv.  Dev cannot bear the thought of being a killer anymore (yeah right!!!) and quits.  He goes on to become a Life Insurance agent  (somebody kill me now!!!).  Of course Bhaiyyaji isn’t too happy with that.

Then there is the acting.  With a cast that includes Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra, one would assume that good performances are assured.  Don’t assume that.  All of them have put in little or no effort.  Ranveer effortlessly makes an ass of himself and Ali Zafar’s dreamy looks do little to hide the fact that he is least interested.

The biggest disappointment to me was Parineeti who is listless.  And her costumes were oh so atrocious!!! Just not required for the character or for that matter her.  How many women who are into rehabilitation of prisoners spend time in cut off tops and micro minis in discotheques??? Come on Shaad!!!!

Govinda in his first negative role was nowhere close to the colour that his trousers exhibit more often.  White pants and black shirt don’t suit you sir.  Lets get the yellows out.  I hope we see that in Happy Ending.  I think what hurt most is that I have a lot of respect / expection for / from both Shaad and Parineeti.

The saving grace if any was in some of dialogue which keep you entertained.  If the audience treats it the way it was made, it may send across a strong message to film makers in general.  Happens to be best of them I guess.  4 on 10 for some reasonable music and some flashes of good work.  Avoidable.

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