BELONGS TO THE BREED OF NEW AGE CINEMA - BUT DOESN'T MAKE A MARK
The first thing that strikes you about Dil Kabaddi is that it is one of those movies which belong to the 'new age' breed of cinema. Very in your face, very modern, very urban and very happening. You are immediately reminded of the, Life in a Metro, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Jhankar Beats, Sorry Bhai etc. mould of making movies. However, having said that Dil Kabaddi, fails to make a mark.
To begin with, because it attempts to stereotype:
Meeta (Soha): The surgeon, an arty intellectual and hence has to be cold in bed.
Kaya (Payal Rohatgi): the bombshell, obviously hot and great in bed, but intellectually unable to tell the difference between sex and the sensex
Veer (Rahul Khanna): the romantic guy, the one who can cry when hurt, is soft and vulnerable, falls in love quite easily and can be taken advantage of.
Raaga (Saba Azad) : the young seemingly innocent student, very aware of her sexuality, and one who draws all kindsof men (specially the older ones) and loves the kick of having them in her clutches.
Samit (Irrfan) : The guy who is bored in his marriage and seeks adventure (read fulfillment of wild fantasies) elsewhere.
Rishi (Rahul Bose): The professor (otherwise staid) who has a rather colourful past, but is now in a comfortable phase of marriage, but drawn to his very attractive and young student.
The only character which did not fit a stereotype was that of Simi (Konkona) which had shades of contradiction and was refreshingly different. It provided the right element of punch in the end. Also portrayed very well by Konkona.
However, having said that, the film was to a certain extent enjoyable. However, missed fabulous humour in the movie, that which was evident in the other such movies talked about earlier.
The movie again, missed the seamless thread running through Pyaar Ke Side Effects, where each little episode in the movie leads to a particular naming of a side effect. Here the characters would face the camera and talk after each episode, as if to an invisible media person, but it was half baked, could have been more fleshed out and more enjoyable.
All in all, a decent movie to watch, but nothing out of the ordinary.