‘’Hadippa We say, yet not so!’’
In the recent times, Yash Raj films have gone for an intentional make-over in its image. From their cult romance family entertainers, they did also make an attempt to plunge into launching new directors who had a “different” notion of hindi film entertainment. Salaam Namaste, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom & Tashan are prime example of that.
So it is quite delightful to see YRF come back to their original desi flavour with their latest release – Dil Bole Hadippa, although not completely mesmerising us like before.
Dil Bole Hadippa is a story of Rohan Kapoor (Shahid Kapoor), a talented cricketer from The Great Britain who is asked by his father (Anupam Kher) to form a team in Amritsar for a match with his dear friend’s team from Pakistan.
How Veera (Rani Mukherji), a sassy punjabi kudi obsessed with cricket makes it to the team and to many other places forms the crux of the story.
The story line is as precise as that, and Anurag Singh, though inspired by She’s the Man (2006) unabashedly colours it with all the stereotypes his producers have been famous for. Dil Bole Hadippa is vibrant, a little too dramatic and quite a lot of fun.
Yes, the script is a tad too weak and the narrative seems a bit too contrived at places. But the best thing about it all is, the film never takes itself seriously.
Its just a simple fun-ride with its share of hiccups but pretty enjoyable nevertheless.
Rani Mukerji is the star of the show. As a lively ambitious small-town girl, She is quite marvellous and carries the film on her shoulders somewhat.
Shahid Kapoor may pale in comparison, esp. after Kaminey, but is very effective never-the-less. It would not be wrong to say that these two actually salvage the goings-on from looking bland and add a lot of grace to the narrative.
And it is for these two people that Dil Bole Hadippa is quite watchable, if not necessarily enjoyable throughout. For all those who want to have a good time with their family with a little bit of everything, Dil Bole Hadippa is definitely worth trying.
Recommended, though with reservations.
Ratings – 2.75