Raj, a car modifier from Goa dotes on his younger brother, Veer (Varun), who is happy-go-lucky, romantic and lives in fear of his big bro. When Veer crosses paths with a lunatic don, King, whose henchmen are peddling drugs across an open counter in broad daylight, the baddies beat him up. In retaliation, his bade bhaiyya wears a hood and pummels the goondas to pulp. He leaves a warning, “King ko bolo Kali aaya tha.” OMG! That’s when you realise that Raj has a past.
Cut to Bulgaria, 15 years ago. A young Kali is zipping around in mean machines pulling off heists. He oversteps, when he robs gold belonging to his father Randhir’s (Vinod Khanna) mafia rival Malik (Kabir Bedi). Malik hollers, “Randhir’s trump card is Kali. Finish him.”
This is followed by a turn of events. Kali knocks down a pretty tourist called Meera (Kajol). The accident injures her leg and his heart. After some foolhardiness and the hauntingly-shot Gerua, he discovers that she is no damsel in distress. She’s opposition. His big, brown eyes beg for love while hers breathe fire. She wields a gun too. Ooh…what is actually meant to be their betrothal meeting turns into a bloody battle.
By sheer coincidence, Kali and Meera move to Goa. Now chhota bhai Veer falls for Meera’s younger sister Ishita. For their love to fructify, they must first pacify the DDLJ lovers.
The direction by Shetty is awesome, to put it simply. His vision and the scale of the film is insurmountable by any other entertainer in this genre. There are no compromises on budgets and it reflects on the film.
The comedy element in the film is its strength. With top notch performances from the likes of Varun Sharma, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra and Johnny Lever, you will definitely laugh out loud every time they are on screen. A special applause has to be reserved for them, as they lift up he film, the moment you feel it might lag.
All in all, Dilwale was a great joyride with plenty to watch out for. Superb music. Stunning action. Unbelievable landscapes. Energetic youth in the form of Varun-Kriti. And of course, the enigmatic SRK-Kajol! Each of these elements can make you want to watch the film by themselves. And when put together, Dilwale is the great entertaining result! The film ends on a high note with Tukur Tukur, a song that you will keep singing to yourself long after the film is done. Watch it, as by Rohit Shetty’s standards, it’s his most complete and entertaining film!