Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) isn’t a typical ‘Madhur Bhandarkar’ film. No, it’s not bereft of cardboard cutouts masquerading as characters, insensitive portrayals, madhur bazar cheap jokes or jarring background score threatening to grab your eardrums every time something dramatic needs to be offered; DTBHJ is a full loaded Bhandarkar film and yet it’s different for finally we have a Madhur Bhandarkar film that won’t win any National Award!
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) Plot
Following its tagline ‘Love Grows, Men Don’t’ DTBHJ is about three men who believe they have found the love of their boring lives but as life isn’t a bed of roses our boys will learn that true love will come their way but only at the end of the film. In his late 30’s and recently divorced, Naren (Ajay Devgn) changes back into his parents’ house and takes up paying guests in the form of Abhay or Aby (Emraan Hashmi), a nearby lothario of a gym instructor who beds anything that moves and Milind (Omi Vaidya), a proud virgin who believes in saving himself for that one perfect woman and that one perfect night. The wearying threesome end up meeting the objects of their affection- an adolescent assistant, August Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee), a trophy wife Anushka Narang (Tisca Chopra, ravishing! ) and an RJ who anxiously wants to become professional Gungun (Shraddha Das) and feel the movements of love. Naren tries hard to fit into the 23 year old June’s friend circle, Aby gets goodies from sugar mom Anushka but ends up falling for her step-daughter Nikki (Shruti Hassan) and Milind is only too happy to run to the cleaners as Gungun uses him for everything from getting drinks in a pub that will get a new collection made itself known yet. After much deliberation the three inch closer to winning over their women but things don’t go as planned and in the end the three are left high and dry just to ball into the real ‘true’ loves of their lives.
DTBHJ ushers in a Bandarkar v 2. 0 simply because this is not a comfortless tale that the numerous National Award winning director has been long associated with. This is a bright and happy film and thanks to Priya Suhas’s decent production design and Ravi Walia’s neat camerawork DTBHJ even copes with to look up-market. And yet DTBHJ can be as desperate as most Bhandarkar films end up being.
Piltfalls in Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ)
Replete with primitive jokes about homosexuality, aging, caricatured portrayals of most people and insensitive things like a stray dog named Kasab as the mutt was purchased at VT Station and is a panic, DTBHJ might be funny at places but on the whole is pretty tasteless. Like most Bhandarkar films DTBHJ features characters as flat as a three day old soda, poor writing with loads of expository dialogues that have the entire story of some other film and rather strange characterizations- a Radio Jockey whoever broke as terrible, a business tycoon who looks like a lost child, a Goan gran who speaks like some cheap gangster, etc.
Many famous actors believe that a job in a Madhur Bhandarkar film suddenly puts you in a different little league and while this is not a ‘typical’ Bhandarkar film no one takes their job seriously. Don’t responsibility them for how different can you play a Hindi film playboy or how challenging would it be to play a business tycoon who mouths inanities like ha There’s an economic forum in Geneva…. we must go there together…. we all should go, great we should go next week’ without even annoying to make the obligatory ‘dramatic’ stopages?
Famous actors & their Acting in Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ)
Devgn puts in a decent effort and at places he’s even fun to watch but Hashmi, a victim of their own ‘serial kisser’ image looks like a buffoon running his eyes and smiling his impish smile. Omi Vaidya’s strange accent was perhaps fun in 3 Dummies but here it’s annoying and so is the poor poems he bores us with. Even if Bhandarkar supplies his most insensitive jokes for girls in his films, they will have a more impressive presence in the individual but here unless Tisca Chopra, who looks better than everyone else put together, no one else makes a mark. Das is cheap but Padamsee and Hassan are passable. As far as acting goes my pick of the ladies was Naren’s lady lawyer- a character called Sunanda Pradhan; hilarious to say the least.
Bhandarkar waste items a lot of the screen time with absolutely robot-like actions and half-way into the film just as you think what the terrible is DTBHJ all about he features Nikki and makes Aby fall for her in a desperate bid to infuse some semblance of a story. Towards the end Bhandarkar rather easily just amounts up everything like he’s on speed mode or maybe the release date of the film was gazing him in the face. There are some amusing moments and DTBHJ might be Bhandarkar’s idea of a fun film but you know sometimes the twain just don’t meet.
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) Rating: 2. 5 or 5
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) Type: Romance or Funny
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shazahn Padamsee, Shraddha Das, Shruti Haasan, Tisca Chopra
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ) Music: Pritam