CAST & CREW
The well-known, so-called ‘realistic director’, Madhur Bhandarkar scripted, filmed and produced this film with Kumar Mangat Pathak. The film starring Ajay Devgan, Shruti Hassan, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Tisca Chopra, Shazahn Padamsee, and Shraddha Das.
It’s a story of three roommates who are willing to flicker their life out of their boring routine. Naren is a simple guy, who falls in love with his intern, June Pinto. Being a divorced person and elder to June, he tries to become friendly and help her with almost everything. But, all this ends up with a big disappointment, as June is already having a boyfriend and only respect Naren, who is her boss and an elder guy in her life. The second character is Abhay, who is a playboy and woos well-off married women to take luxurious perks from them. He falls for a free spirit girl, Nikki, who is the daughter of his current affair, Anusha Narang. Things get complicated when Anusha finds out about this and ends her relationship with Abhay. In another world, a naïve guy called Milind Kelkar falls for a wannabe actress and RJ Gungun. But, the path to get her is not easy. Things turn dramatic; Gungun starts her acting career and uses Milind for other benefits.
‘Dil Toh Baccha hai Ji’ is a title taken from Gulzar’s recent infamous song. That is not the only wearisome in this film or in another word ‘inspiration’ by popular culture. Filmmakers tried a new genre for a change with an interesting story, which lacks refreshment and ends up becoming boring, anticipated comedy. The significance of female characters is ridiculous. Most of the time, the director interprets ‘love = sex’ for men, which is true in popular culture, but not acceptable for most feminist critics. Other than daydreaming about their love-interest, these three main leads do nothing in their lives. There is stereotyping of June, as she is a Christine based in Mumbai, so she only prefers to talk in fluent English than Hindi. Female characters become a sex object, from a modern married rich woman to cool talented, ambitious RJ; the idea of individualism and liberalization among women has been taken from the West to keep an image of Modern Hindi Cinema. The clutch of the screenplay and dialogues are dull and kitschy. Director needs to improve his sense of humor to beat his earlier successes.
Ajay Devgan splendidly convinces Naren’s confused and despair to find a new girl character. The young intern played by Shazahn Padamsee is equally credible. Emraan Hashmi, the serial kisser of Bollywood, is in the role of the playboy, Abhay. He plays his usual and natural character. His love-interest is a married woman, Tisca Chopra and her step daughter, Shruti Hassan. They are average characters in the movie, as we see them less and they are merely used as sex objects. Omi Vaidya carried his pretentious funny Hindi from his earlier film, who is a lover of RJ played by Shraddha Das. She was decent, but predictable.
2. Virtuous star performances.
WHAT’S NOT THERE?
1. No influence over adult sex comedy genre.
2. Failed to portray regular young guy’s lives.
This film is an adult sex comedy, but in an Indian context, which means morally secured jokes to make people feel less awkward. Other than abusive language and soft fantasies of men, there is nothing adult about it. Those who like such comedies can go for it. Again, it is mostly for the male audience.
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