Shahrukh Khan and Kajol fail to deliver their magic in “Dilwale”

Published: December 19, 2015

One particular factor that doesn’t sit well with the audience is the overacting that the actors have indulged in.

Rohit Shetty is known for his star studded cast, comedy capers which are stuffed with silly jokes, senseless scripts, unbelievable coincidences and over-the-top blasts that fling vehicles in the air. Whenever Shahrukh Khan and Kajol have appeared together on screen, the audience has burst with love. The new box office records are a testament to that. 

The duo’s popularity is reminiscent to that of Amitabh Bachan and Rekha. No other on-screen couples  have been adored by fans as strongly as these two.

The young and multi-talented heartthrob Varun Dhawan is considered the next big “entertainer” in B-town.

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Now that I’ve given you the facts, can you imagine what the end product would be when these elements are put together?

Let me break it down for you.

Dilwale” (as the name suggests) is all about love and people with huge hearts. The movie revolves around the life of Raj (Shahrukh Khan), a motor mechanic, and his life revolves around his younger brother Veer (Varun Dhawan). Veer falls in love with Ishita (Kriti Sanon), who is younger sister of Meera (Kajol). Meera and Raj, in the past, had some conflicts, and the movie is about the events that unfold when all these characters meet.

Rohit Shetty’s “Dilwale” is an adaption of 1991’s blockbuster “Hum” (Amitabh Bachan, Rajnikanth and Govinda). Kali from “Dilwale” and Tiger from “Hum” have similarities in characterisation. The movie is a visual delight, with bright fluorescent colours in every frame, witty dialogue and silly humour.

One particular factor that doesn’t sit well with the audience is the overacting that the actors have indulged in. The comic scenes are loud and the emotional scenes are too intense.

Anyone watching the movie would think: This does not happen in real life.

Now let’s talk about the performances of Shahruh Khan and Kajol. That’s what everyone is eager to see.

Shahrukh Khan’s performance was mediocre. In many scenes his“Kal Ho Na Ho type acting was unnecessary. It was like he was trying to add another layer of depth to a movie that was only meant to make people laugh. Moreover, if this movie was to serve as a comeback for Kajol, it has not done her any favours. She should have picked another movie, with a better role. Meera’s character is half-heartedly conceived from characters from “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum” and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”.

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The real charmers in the film are Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. Dhavan’s comic timings, action scenes and dance moves are laudable. The part where he describes modern day romance is particularly riveting. In addition to him, Sanon has a strong screen presence and has a knack for captivating the audience.

The highlight of the film, however, is Johnny Lever. Lever is today’s Mehmood; the only comedian who can comically compete with the main leads of the movie.

Furthermore, Mukesh Tiwari’s performance stood out well.  His narration of the flashback of Ram Laal and Pogo is flawless. The extended cameos of Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi, Boman Irani and Sanjay Mishra, however, did not leave much of an impact.

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On the whole, “Dilwale” is entertaining for families. The jokes are not ratchet or cringe-worthy. This is movie that can be watched with family, for sure.

I would rate it three out of five.

Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (

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  • Asim

    The movie failed to deliver the goods! Overalls reviews are not positive. Today Bollywood is all about overacting!Recommend

  • Allah Hafiz

    Pakistanis should watch Border Gadar and will like these movies….Infact sit with your children while watching these movies…and childrens should also watch one more movie….”childrens of War” made on bangladesh massacre….Recommend

  • Gullu

    Agree. There is a tendency to overact. And too much intensity. True.
    However, some in Bollywood also make movies like ‘Queen’ ! Which
    is a fantastic movie. And then you have a ‘Chennai Express’ ! Which
    is in a class by itself.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    pakistan would never have a film industry…its a religiously intolerant country where freedom of speech is in scarcity…Recommend

  • lala

    You’re very soft in this review. The directing was horrific and unrealistic, Kajol tou waise hi i dont like and it felt like srk forgot how to act. On top of that when the car things get stolen, Varun dhawan’s reaction towards his friend is cringeworthy. Also, srk and varun dhawans scenes together were pathetic. Kajol and srk’s scene were the only thing which kept me watching the movie and even then it was difficult to not get up and leave (you’re a normal girl and dont feel threatened by a gangster’s son? Wouldnt you just run away?) There was no chemistry between varun and kriti. I never have before, and neither will ever see a movie as terrible as this. Rohit Shetty is about to go bankrupt with the amounts of money taken by the actors vs those generated by audiences. Overall a cheap senseless movie which a lacklustre plot and no chemistry. Recommend

  • shiva the destroyer

    who watches these third class people and their movies?

    Farah Khan….Sahid Khan and Rohit Shetty r the 3 Idiots of Bollywood. The Holy Simpleton Trinity LOL

    dont waste money on watching these third class people and their senseless movies. Recommend

  • abhi

    You don’t expect much from Shahrukh Khan movies anyway.Recommend


    Right from the start, a lack luster story, when people beat Johnny Lever, who overacts.Recommend

  • citizen

    Guys relax. It is just a movie . It had loopholes but overall it was okayish .It is a good watch with family . Kajol was amazing on screen and seeing the duo (Kajol and SRK) perform was nostalgic . Good work teamRecommend

  • I smell nonsense

    They failed because there is no magic. It is all a marketing gimmick created and fed by Bollywood. I wish these two overrated “actors” would retire and allow better movies to be made.Recommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    Just because one move failed to deliver, everything about Bollywood is bad!
    Bollywood made 1602 movies in 2002 (as per Forbes). I agree that the quality is not comparable to Hollywood but it is getting better every year.
    We do get to see some good movies now and then, but these do not make a huge impact due mainly to the fact that there is still large scale illiteracy in India and good movies are not appreciated.
    I will just give one example. There is a movie “Manjhi: the mountain man”. It is an incredible movie but lay public is not interested!Recommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    Chennai Express is class!
    I guess that shows your class.Recommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    Bollywood directors like Mehboob Khan, Khawaja Abbas, Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt etc (from Bombay industry alone) once made movies for their artistic merits.
    Such directors do not exist any more (except people like Vidhu Vinod Chopra).
    Bollywood now is all about making a quick buck. Producers tell directors what to include and not include in a movie!
    Hence, most of the movies are trash!
    I stopped watching Bollywood long ago and watch only the ones that come highly recommended.
    I suggest people watch South Indian movies (Malayalam movies especially but also Tamil). They are way better and any way are copied by Bollywood.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    or may be #Boycottdilwale worked well.
    Btw why Pakistani newspaper publish about Indian movies?
    Don’t you have a film industry in Lahore yourself?Recommend

  • BP

    Coming from a YOU that is pablum.
    Guess hindus can’t take a simple compliment.Recommend

  • Guest PK

    Very simple. Because it was promoted by your stars here and even screened in all cinermas. For your information, Pakistani newspapers review all foreign films that are screened here.Recommend

  • Saad

    oh we do have a film industry, just not as big as bollywood.
    Speaking of religious intolerance, it is increasing day by day in your own country. Shouldn’t you rather worry about it?Recommend

  • juniasat

    what do you means that Shahrukh Khan and Kajol fail to deliver their magic in “Dilwale”?? Recommend