As is tradition I usually go watch films that others avoid with a yardstick.
So Kill Dil is no exception to that rule.
Which in TVF terms, is basically Gunday Beta Version.
Directed by Bollywood’s M. Night Shyamalan i.e Shaad Ali, Kill Dil stars Ranveer Singh as Dev and Ali Zafar as Tutu, two uneducated trigger happy goons who work for the local mafia don Bhaiyaji (A criminally underused Govinda). The two are joined at the hip, working and partying in tandem. In a l sudden twist of fate, Dev meets Disha (a slightly chubby Parineeti Chopra), a girl who not only spends her time drinking and partying in swanky mansions but also helps rehabilitate criminals which is what people do now, apparently.
Dev and Disha continue to bond and eventually fall in love which puts his relationship with Tutu as well as Bhaiyaji in jeopardy.
And that’s pretty much the plot of the film.
From a personal perspective, the 70’s throwback is an instant turnoff. It’s been rehashed and redone to a point where it just leaves a sick taste in your mouth. It’s sparsely funny, extremely over the top and barring Govinda, an all you can eat ham fest by the rest of the cast. Ranveer Singh is waaay too excited for his own good, Ali Zafar seems uninterested and Parineeti Chopra sleepwalks through her role. The story as you’ve probably already noticed is wafer thin and packed to the brim with clichés and references no one really cares about. The only positive of the film is Govinda as Bhaiyaji, as he reminds us of the immense talent that he possesses. He laughs and grins maniacally, as he struts around the screen, occasionally breaking into a dance only he can do justice to, dwarfing his compatriots significantly.
Overall Kill Dil is watchable. It’s what Gunday would have been had it been shot on a shoestring budget, which is an honour no film would ever like to have. This is director Shaad Ali’s second film in seven years after Jhoom Barabar Jhoom bombed at the BO, and things are still not looking great for this once popular director.
I’m going with 2 out of 5 moos for Kill Dil. Go watch it only if you’re a Govinda fan. If not, stay away and go do something else.