Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011)
- Written by Madhur Bhandarkar, Anil Pandey and Neeraj Udhwani
- Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar
a popular dialog from Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji - Movie Highlights
Everyone, especially in India, is a film critic. Cinema is the only thing apart from Cricket that every Indian seems to have an opinion on. And also there is no harm in a filmmaker changing his genre. When a filmmaker himself tries something new, the audience also should change accordingly and judge the film individually and not by the makers previous works. Madhur Bhandarkar, a national award winning director, well know for his hard hitting movies such as 'Chandini Bar', 'Page 3' and 'Fashion' etc goes out of his comfort zone and tries a romantic comedy instead. But the censor board seems to be still stuck with his previous works thus giving this film an 'A' certification for no reason. Also if you check the various reviews of different critics, they are not unanimous and compare this with earlier works of his. Known for making serious films with social message, for a change, he is taken up a romantic comedy. If you treat this as a standalone film, 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji' (The heart is but a child) is a feel good, light-hearted rom-com, a slice of life film which everyone would relate to.
In a hilarious voice-over by Paresh Rawal, we are introduced to the three main characters of the film. Naren Ahuja's (Ajay Devgn) wife, Madhvi, leaves him along with their daughter and he decides to move into his parent's apartment and share it with two others. Naren works as a bank manager, while his new tenants - Abhay (Emraan Hashmi) is a playboy and gym trainer; and Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya) works in a matrimonial company. The story follows the love escapades of the three men and their brush with the reality and coming to terms to it. Naren falls for a cute 20-year-old new trainee June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee) in his bank. Abhay woos former Miss India, Anushka Narang (Tisca Chopra), who is married to a multi-millionaire and is interested in young men. Milind gets infatuated by radio jockey Gungun Sarkar (Shraddha Das). The trio then embarks on a roller-coaster ride in order to woo and win the women. Each of the three love tracks has their pros and cons. June's easy-going nature and childish innocence is misinterpreted by Naren as love overtures. Since he is very fond of her, he soon starts accompanying her to parties and generally spends more time with her in spite of a huge age difference. The flirtatious Abhay becomes toy-boy of Anuskha and lives a privileged life out of their clandestine relationship, until he is smitten by Anuskha's step-daughter, Nikki Narang (Shruti Hassan). Milind tries to impress Gungun, which annoys her, but she uses Milind for her own reasons. Their lives are turned upside down when they face reality. June's grandmother calls in Naren so that she can discuss the matter and decide whether to get June married to her boyfriend, Chris Pascal, thinking Naren to be a very good friend of June. Nikki dumps Abhay as she takes the affair casually and was not serious about the same and Anuskha who had been sidelined by Abhay for Nikki, doesn't care for him. Gungun moves to Chennai for a film offer leaving Milind in a lurch. How the trio come to the terms and face the situation forms the crux of the story?
Revolving around the three one sided love stories, the film tackles the mid life crisis problem of men in a delightful manner. It is not a slap stick or loud comedy, but a light, fresh and enjoyable movie which falls on the lines of Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Basu Chatterjee's films and is definitely contemporary and relevant. It has its heart in the right place and defines love in practical terms but taking the course of a satire and not serious love story. The camaraderie of 3 guys is well handled and also the 3 love stories. Sanjay Chhel's dialogues are witty and enjoyable. There are some sexual jokes, but nothing as vulgar as seen in other movies like Masti etc that might put you in a position of sheer embarrassment. The title is also apt and few songs stand out. 'Abhi Kucch Dino Se' (Mohit Chauhan) and 'Tu Khwaab Hai Ya Koi Jaadugari' are the pick. Bhandarkar's direction is good. He does full justice to the script and keeps the mood of the drama light and fun-filled. His attempts to switch-over from serious, hard-hitting cinema that chose to expose the underbelly of society to a light-hearted look at the affairs of the heart works very well and he succeeds in bringing that on screen. A divorcee, a Casanova and a Virgin, the character development makes up for most of the first half of the story; but the problem with the film is that it is predictable post interval. It had potential to be a great film but ends up being an average film.
The characters in the movie are pretty detailed and distinct. At least for the 03 main leads and hence their performances are good. Ajay Devgan once again proves his versatility which shows that he can carry subtle as well as loud comedies (Rohit Shetty-Golmaal Series) with aplomb. He underplays his character and his awkwardness at falling in love with a girl almost half his age has been portrayed brilliantly by him. Emraan Hashmi is his usual self and seems typecast but is good. He gets some of the best dialogues. Omi Vaidya makes you laugh with his expressions and innocence and reminds us of one of his famous character of 'Chatur' from '3 Idiots'. Unfortunately, the women are overshadowed by the men in their performances. Tisca Chopra is superb and delivers a good performance. Shraddha Das is good; dangling between the head and heart she gives an honest performance. Shazahn Padamsee looks very pretty, bubbly and remains in her character throughout. Shruti Hassan and Rituparna Sengupta are just OK.
Summing up, it isn't the best movie; however it's definitely 2 hours well spent.