Kill Dil sees Govinda in his much anticipated Bollywood film return, supported by Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar. Sonika Sethi provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.
Kill Dil is the story of Dev (played by Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (played by Ali Zafar), who are the best of friends but also self-confessed ‘haraamis’.
It was their ‘Godfather’ Bhaiyaaji (played by Govinda) who hand picked them up from the dustbin and not only gives them shelter, but also nurtures them to become professional killers.
The duo are happy with their crime ridden ways until Dev meets Disha (played by Parineeti Chopra) in a night club.
Disha wants to turn every criminal away from crime and the irony is that Dev falls for her and wants to give up all his criminal activities to lead the life of a common man. Dev searches for the job of the common man, but both Tutu and Dev fear Bhaiyaaji finding out about this.
Kill Dil doesn’t offer the viewer anything new to see. We’ve heard the story many times-a criminal falls in love with a girl, who doesn’t know he is a criminal and he tries to get out of his crime ridden ways but is stuck between the girl and the man who saved him as a child.
The minute you hear ‘kachre ka dabba’, you know that it’s going to go through the same old plot. It ends predictably as well.
|Very predictable and overused storyline.|
|The actors play their roles well in their film and there’s good chemistry between the actors.|
|Shaad Ali tries to be unique through its cinematography and feel but not through its story.|
|The glamourous side and the rustic side of Delhi is convincingly shown at the same time.|
|Shankar Ehsaan Loy bring something new to Bollywood through Kill Dil’s music|
|If you have watched Gunday, then there will be nothing new for you to see in Kill Dil|
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It’s a story that would have done well many years ago but likely to not be the case in a generation where audiences want to see something new, especially from actors that have done roles such as this before.
Ranveer Singh’s role in Kill Dil is too similar to Gunday. From the killer profession to the brotherhood feel, Kill Dil feels like déjà vu-just in Delhi not Calcutta.
Nonetheless, Ranveer shines in his comic one liners and does justice to the role. Likewise, Ali Zafar performs well in his role as Tutu but one does wish that he had more screen time in the second half.
Parineeti Chopra is seen in a ‘first ever’ glamourised role. Although she does plays Disha convincingly, the girl next door look is something that comes more naturally to her than the glamourised look. It is nevertheless refreshing to see her playing a different role.
The veteran actor Govinda makes a comeback in Bollywood with this film, and is definitely something to look forward to in Kill Dil. The audience are used to seeing Govinda in a funny, quirky character but he does justice to this negative role. He also never fails to impress in the dancing numbers either!
The songs are situated too close together so it feels as if there are too many songs than the movie needs. Kill Dil’s soundtrack has an old music feel as well as the return of favourites Udit Narayan and Adnan Sami, so is definitely unique. The best track is ‘Sajde’, which has a soft Punjabi folk undertone.
The film has a retro western feel which does make it stand out. Particular things to note in Kill Dil which makes it stand out as a film are the dialogues before the songs, the cinematography and the unique narrative via a video set up before a major scene near the climax. The editing is also so well done that one notices.
The more enjoyable portions in Kill Dil are the humorous ones, most to be found in the first half. The dialogues are well written and there are some memorable one liners.
There are some positives with Kill Dil but its predictable story line and weak screenplay doesn’t allow an outstanding star cast and (mostly good) dialogues save the day. Kill Dil was quite disappointing despite coming from a Yash Raj background.
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