Dil Toh Baccha hai jiCast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shruti Haasan, Tisca Chopra, Shazahn Padamsee, Shraddha Das; Director: Madhur Bhandarkar; Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director Madhur Bhandarkar sets all his movies in a particular milieu, and they have sweepingly generic titles: Fashion, Traffic Signal, Page 3, Jail. His new film, Dil toh Bachcha Hai Ji, breaks that monotony. The film itself, though, is a travesty of a battle-of-the-sexes comedy.

It suffers sorely from thoughtless and facile writing. Dialogues, meant to be funny, are at odds with the milieu he is trying to project—three single men, played by Ajay Devgn (an insurance professional), Emraan Hashmi (a gym instructor) and Omi Vaidya (a poet), the women they’re in love with, and an assortment of women from what Bhandarkar perceives to be Mumbai’s industrialist, socialite class. As with all his films, stereotypes abound in this script.

PosterDevgn’s character, Naren, is in love with June (Shazhan Padamsee), a young intern in his office. She is a bimbo who is completely unaware that her divorced boss (who she shockingly calls, in one instance, “bossie”) is in love with her. “Sir, when did you lose your V?” she asks Naren.

The other characters are Milind (Vaidya), an earnest romantic, and Abhay (Hashmi), a philanderer and gold-digger who falls in love and breaks his heart.

The story follows the three different men in their pursuit of love. It is an interesting premise. But none of the characters in the film have a convincing graph. The jokes are bereft of wit or intelligence, meant perhaps to “play to the gallery”. It’s obvious that Bhandarkar’s world, as portrayed in most of his films, has broadly two classes of people: the rich and evil, and the middle class which is confused and enmeshed in an eternal struggle.

But the problem with the film is more fundamental—it’s meant to take you through the journeys of three disparate characters in Mumbai. But all it does is make you laugh out loud unintentionally because the situations and writing are so shockingly banal.

Source: Live Mint

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