“What do you call a daughter who throws her father from a height? Answer: Push – Pa”. The first half of Kill/Dil directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra is filled with such whacky one-liners and keeps you perfectly engrossed. The second half, although equally compact, is not as much fun as little bit of melodrama sets in.
Story wise, Kill/Dil does not offer anything new. We have seen enough and more number of movies where the protagonist wants to leave the life of crime against his benefactor’s wish and command. Within a few minutes into the movie, we get a fair idea of how the movie is going to progress. But then in cinemas, as they say, there indeed are only 4-5 plot ideas available for filmmakers to work on. Kill/Dil works mainly because of its treatment in the capable hands of director Shaad Ali, who gave us uproarious Bunty Aur Babli in 2005. Given that the story is known, one then ends up focusing more on how the director has presented his work. And there, Shaad Ali does not disappoint.
Bhaiyaji (Govinda, brilliant), an underworld goon finds little boys Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar) in a dustbin and provides them with shelter. Dev and Tutu grow up to become Bhaiyaji’ s henchmen and play with guns with as equal an ease as Nigella Lawson handles her spatula. They work hard (killing people) and play hard (fancy jackets, designer sun-cheaters and superbikes)
Dev meets Disha (Parineeti Chopra) a super-rich feisty lass whose social work includes reforming ex-convicts. Dev now dreams of leaving the life of crime and living with Disha who is oblivion to Dev’s line of work and doesn’t show any eagerness to know either. Bhaiyaji predictably does not approve this alliance and discourages Dev with Sam, Dam, Dund and not so much of Bhed. Post that it is pretty much a run-up to the climax.
Crisp editing, funny one-liners (in the first half), tastefully shot scenes and the short duration of 2 hours make Kill/Dil a fun ride. Ranveer Singh is quite enjoyable for his goofy-ness, the energy that he displays and the way he dances. But in melodramatic scenes he appears unintentionally comical. Ali Zafar as Tutu, the older and wiser partner in crime carries out his job impeccably. Parineeti Chopra has already proven how fine actor she is. While Kill/Dil does not offer her much scope to fully display her talent, she is a delight to watch whenever she is on the screen.
Kill/Dil would have turned out to be a mediocre movie but for the casting of Govinda as Bhaiyaji. That is Shaad Ali’s master stroke. The veteran, one of the most likable actors, superbly portrays the character of the underworld don who has a sense of humour and menacing demeanour. How I wish Govinda had more screen time.
Although the lyrics and voice overs penned and performed by Gulzar are a treat, music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is mediocre. And since the film makers have given Govinda a few opportunities to dance, the tunes are not good enough to make the full use of his dancing skills.
Kill/Dil does not pretend to be an intelligent film but it is not a mindless movie. It is a masala entertainer and that’s what it does for two hours of run-time, entertain.
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