What’s It About
Veera (Rani Mukherjee) is a fire-cracker of a girl who lives in a small village but dreams in 70mm. She works in a local theatre group but fancies playing cricket in the big league (she wants to play with Tendulkar and Dhoni for India). While Veera dreams on in India, Rohan (Shahid Kapoor), an accomplished captain of a county cricket team in England, returns to India to captain his father’s cricket team which has been losing consecutively for the last eight years. In a village where girls don’t play cricket, Veera has to put on a turban and beard and become a man to fulfil her dreams. Her brilliance on the field earns her a place in Rohan’s team and Veera Kaur becomes Veer Pratap Singh.
And then begins a journey of Veera, Rohan and Veer filled with music, romance and comedy through Punjab and beyond.
The story is predictable. And, as other such sports movies, the second part has a (cricket) match. The language used is predominantly Punjabi (so much so that the film becomes almost Punjabi) and so are the songs, signifying the title of the movie. The nautanki sequence where Shahid and Rani enact scenes from hit movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! is interesting. This is a woman oriented movie but, in the second half, the subject gets lost as the India and Pakistan issue and protagonist’s mother and father relationship also takes some space, due to which ending losses its aim. This tale of turbans, twists and tricks is entertaining but does not hold the interest of viewers towards the end.
This is a predominantly Rani Mukherjee movie and she delivers a superb performance. She acts brilliantly be it the Veera or her fake identity as batsman Veer Pratap Singh. With her mannerisms and body language, she convinces the audience about her two characters. Shahid tries to match up with her histrionics and is successful to a certain extent. The on screen chemistry of Rani and Shahid manages to look convincing. Anupam Kher is his usual self. Poonam Dhillon and Dalip Tahil have little to do.
She Is The Man with cricket replacing football.
The screenplay is good in first half of the film. The climax has many things in it so it is not all that impressive. The makeup is good with emphasis given on every single details like Rani’s Veer character having small black marks on face like guys. But they forgot to cut her long nails for Veer’s character! The last song, ‘Haddippa…’ during the end credits reminds one of ‘Nach Baliye…’ from Bunty Aur Babli. The dialogues written by Jaya and Aparajita are ordinary.
The director is Anurag Singh but the treatment of the movie has typical Yash Raj hangover. So there is Veera who shows her India to a foreign returned Rohan amongst sarso ke khet and sawan ke jhule hanging from trees. Some sequences are entertaining, especially in the first half.
Dil Bole Hadippa! caters to family audience and should improve on its weak opening over the weekend and Eid onwards.