‘Everyone has a heart. But not everyone…is big hearted. When it’s about your brother…one only thinks from the heart not the mind.’
So goes the trailer of the just released Bollywood movie Dilwale, which translates into ‘big hearted’. Sounds melodramatic, just like your average ‘romantic musical action comedy’ Hindi Movie? Judging by the promotional video it’s just that and Shah Rukh seems to agree. In an interview with Sky News, Shah Rukh Khan himself admits that Dilwale, which was just released, is a typical Bollywood movie.
When asked about the various songs during the interview, Shah Rukh says that there are typical Hindi romantic musicals and then there are niche movies sans the overdone song and dance. It was regarding a similar comment about simultaneous release Bajirao Mastani and its genre being niche and historical, over which the movie’s lead actress Deepika Padukone got her panties in a twist. However, Shah Rukh admitted that Hindi movie fans, including the diaspora, accept song and dance as an integral part of Hindi movies. He further said in the interview that they hoped Dilwale would be a healthy hybrid of the typical romantic musical and the niche genre.
Aside from romance, with comedy king Johnny Lever in the cast, the movie is bound to include silly-slapstick comedy as well. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, Dilwale is directed by Rohit Shetty. The film score is composed by Amar Mohile, songs composed by Pritam Chakraborty and lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The movie has been written by Yunus Sajawal and produced by Gauri Khan. Dilwale was released in India, Australia, Norway, Pakistan, Myanmar, the United Kingdom and the United States on December 18.
It harks back to the days of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but Hindustani Times opines that it doesn’t quite measures up to its 1995 predecessor. Shah Rukh himself admits that Dilwale can’t repeat the magic of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
Speaking of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, it’s no secret that the storyline was influenced by A Walk in the Clouds (1995). Although Nation is not yet privy to the plot of Dilwale, it is clear that the movie has borrowed heavily from Hollywood movies and even animations. The hooded scene of Shahruk has uncanny resemblance to a scene straight out of Arrow, sans the bow and arrow of course. The car chase, or whatever it maybe, between Shahruk and Kajol bears frame for frame resemblance to the car chase sequence in Mission Impossible II.
A boat scene between Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon with floating lantern is probably a scene borrowed from Tangled. Yes, Tangled as in the animation. The various dance sequences have probably been influenced by similar scenes in Hollywood movies: Everything from Shall we dance to Step up.
Shot in South Africa and Bulgaria, it’s no doubt a high budget movie, just as many Hindi movies are. In fact the total budget is approximately US $ 21,980,000. Despite the melodrama that almost any Hindi movie entails (perhaps with the exception of truly rare movies like Fiza), Dilwale is truly a multinational movie, in that both Bulgarian and South African stunt teams come together to make the stunts look as realistic as possible. Rohit Shetty’s love for smashing cars is evident in the movie’s stunts. But according to Hindustani Times, Dilwale is his first ever romance. His only close encounter with the genre romance was Chennai Express.
The trailer assures suspense, high-octane action-packed drama and a hint of unrequited love. We won’t spoil it with a synopsis, but rest assured with dance, music, comedy and stunts all rolled up into one neat romance with an Indian style storyline Dilwale can’t possibly be a flop.