Cast: Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Ali Zafar, Govinda
Direction: Shaad Ali
Shaad Ali’s ‘Kill Dil’ is a fine example of a film marred by lousy storytelling. It’s an even bigger shame since the director did manage to get a decent cast in place, who seem completely convinced about this ridiculous plot.
Even if you were to make discounts for a disjointed plot trajectory and absence of credible plot points, I somehow couldn’t make peace with a complete disregard for rationale.
Yes, yes, there are a lot of Hindi films completely bereft of logic, the most recent one being ‘Happy New Year’ that I did like. ‘Dabangg’, ‘Dhoom 3’, ‘Kick’, among others, with their flimsy plotlines and over-the-top histrionics, somehow managed to engage me for the runtime of the film. And while I might have been clicking my tongue as I walked out of the theatre at the excesses, I nonetheless still enjoyed these films while I was watching them.
Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for ‘Kill Dil’.
Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar) are two sharpshooters adopted as infants by Bhaiyyaji (Govinda) and, thus, obligated to do his bidding. The two trigger-happy boys have no issues: in fact, they seem to take pride in their career choice till Dev meets the bold and beautiful Diksha (Parineeti Chopra) at a nightclub. Predictably love happens and our hero is ready to surrender his arms and give up his lawless life.
Well, that’s a very expected Bollywood template, but the entire proceedings unfold in such a lacklustre manner that it is pretty much impossible to buy into their idea, even if you were to accept Dev as an impulsive, imprudent lover who couldn’t care less about consequences.
Parineeti’s character is just incomprehensible. A rich, educated career woman is dating a fifth-grade-fail assassin who can hardly speak a sentence in English and she doesn’t for a moment suspect anything amiss. Bollywood has very successfully propagated the ‘love is blind’ philosophy but this kind of love has got to be retarded too.
The first half of the film is a long foreplay as we witness song after song play out where Dev falls in love and woos Diksha with zero effort. We do have a few wisecracks here and there, but by the interval you are hoping that this story doesn’t hurtle towards a melodramatic climax.
But Shaad Ali does disappoint, doling out a predictable overemotional resolution. The entire tone of the narrative is so flippant that nothing prepares you for the drastic end to this saga.
To be honest, the actors – Ranveer, Parineeti, Ali and Govinda -- execute their parts with complete honesty, but there is little you can do if you are saddled with such a contrived narrative.
There is dil, dosti, paisa and pyaar in this tale, but not a single moment of emotional connect that you can establish with the story or the characters.