“Such a hearty game!”
The rise of Multiplex audience and eventually the market for Niche films has certainly done a great favour to all those young creative film makers from the Urban India. Their concerns are not fighting against the system, corruption etc., but struggling with their own personal lives. They are least bothered with the happened in the outer world and that takes them on a different level of in-your-face’ness altogether. Dil Kabaddi is one such film that takes us to the Posh flats of Bandra and gets us an exclusive frank-speak between couples who are in love, out of it and anywhere between.
Anil Senior lives upto his name, and displays a certain kind of maturity when it comes to writing characters and developing their relationships. The people in the film aren’t ‘too-good-to-be-true’ stuff. The Men do feel week somewhere when they see a pretty face, and the Girls too have their crushes for smart guys in their offices. And the best thing about them is, They make no bones in accepting it.
And Gladly then, there’s even a better thing – Its all told in a way so light that would make Peacock feathers die out of shame. Not for a moment are we asked to sympathise for the characters, nor do we feel angry at them for all their misgivings.
The humour may be a tad too adulterous for the ones in small towns, but it makes absolutely perfect sense to the ears of those who reside inside those very four walls, like the ones shown in the film itself. It also makes a subtle wink at the ‘Men from Mars, Women from Venus’ philosophy. Perhaps that’s why the female characters too end up being a bit archetypal in the way woman in relationships are generally perceived. Fortunately, We have Konkana and a continuously improving Soha who perform effortlessly to embody them so nicely. Rahul Bose is in to gear with his ever-so-deadpan (albeit a bit too typical of him by now) gestures and speech. Watch out for the scene when he asks his wife if He’s still ‘Good’ or not. Rahul Khanna is fine, but grossly pales in comparison with such engaging performances from the rest.
But the scene-stealer is Irrfan Khan. Despite not having the persona of a typical urban upper class Guy, He is simply terrific as the one who may enjoy his physical pleasures, but has some goodness deep inside. His Comic timing is simply outstanding.
And the Best reason for why This one’s a must watch for the above 20-below 40s. It approaches Marriage in a very matter-of-factly and practical way. Marriages are not always about Hearts; They also constitute a part somewhere towards lower. And when a lack of contentment by any of these standards goes for a fall, as Irrfan’s bewildered character keeps saying, “Body aur Mind ka Balance bigad jaata hai”
Dil Kabaddi is full of such insightfully funny gems, don’t mind the slow pace in 2nd half. Give it a try, and chances are you may enjoy it as well as I did.
Ratings - 3.5