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Posted: 28 January 2011 at 11:59am | IP Logged
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Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji: Wannabe sex comedy

January 28, 2011 10:43 IST

Sukanya Verma reviews Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. Post YOUR reviews here!

You know what's funny? That Madhur Bhandarkar [ Images ] actually thought he'd get away with this. 

You know what's not? The film.

To warm up with, what sort of a tag-line is 'Love grows, men don't' anyway? Maybe it's a coded metaphor to indicate Bhandarkar's limitations as a filmmaker or a warning sign that urges us to dispel any hope of intelligence. And intelligent Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is not, by any shred of imagination -- yours, mine or borrowed.  

Speaking of which, snagging Gulzar's [ Images ] lyrical prowess to headline a mediocre script or decorate the backdrop of bland sequences hardly qualifies Bhandarkar and his flimsy sense of humour as novelty or realistic. Then again, aesthetics are not the strong point for a filmmaker who has build his repertoire sensationalising the stark segments of society.  

The man made some engaging fare before he resigned himself to the monotonous circle of self-designed formulas. This practice of one-dimensional prototypes continues with Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji. And so you have the divorcee (Ajay Devgn [ Images ]), the womaniser (Emraan Hashmi [ Images ]) and the virgin (Om Vaidya) living under the same roof in pursuit of affection.  

The women are just as cursory -- a young 'n' hot secretary (Shazahn Padamsee [ Images ]), a self-seeking Bollywood struggler (Shraddha Das), a bored socialite (Tisca Chopra [ Images ]) and the NRI-goes-NGO heiress (Shruti Haasan [Images ]). 

The premise shows promise initially, following a peppy introduction in Paresh Rawal's [ Images ] familiar baritone, a presence you miss all the more as the sham begins to unfold.  

A wannabe sex comedy in the garb of a trivialising rom-com, DTBHJ is about three men wanting to get laid at the audience's expense. Even more agonising is Bhandarkar's talent for handpicking astonishingly bad actors to play bit parts. Among his several pathetic efforts to fish laughs, the ones that strike most offensive involve a homosexual caricature mouthing crudities like Agle janam mohe gudwaa hi kijo, another effeminate bloke rolling his eyes to blurt out his sexual preference or a divorce lawyer making a creepy pass at Devgn.  

That's another problem with the movie. It's oversexed. Everyone wears a constantly aroused ex-pression and delivers the simplest lines with the intent of an innuendo. Ribald humour is amusing as long as the joke displays some levity or impudence to make it work. Instead Sanjay Chhel's sloppy lines revel in lame mischief and insipid wit. 

Even the romance is constructed around foreseeable plot points. Like a lonely boss (Devgn) acquiring a hip makeover to score with his twenty years junior colleague (Padamsee), the kind that gets all wound up assembling trivia like, 'I was three when you lost your V (definitely not vada pav).' Devgn maintains a plausibly stumped ex-pression through most of the ordeal. 

While Omi Vaidya pursues his disinterested girl with an expertly bargained bouquet (the haggling sequence is quite a droll) and corny poetry (another absurd ploy to tickle the ribs), Emraan plays the least gag-friendly character with The Graduate-inspired twist to no avail. The latter's essayed a convincing skirt-chasing lout in so many movies now; it's a stale stereotype. Vaidya, most genuine and spontaneous of the troika, employs his amusing accent and gullible presence to produce DTBHJ's scarce lightheartedness. 

Considering the plot revolves around these three, the ladies have precious little to do. If Tisca's intensity is completely out of place against the ensuing mockery, Shruti is reduced to post-interval surfacing, last-ditch glamour.

On the unbearable side, there's a cantankerous Shraddha Das dilating her pupils through every single scene and Shazahn at her could-I-be-any-more-annoying? best. Armed with an enormous supply of lip-gloss, a painful reminder of how often she squeaks 'Sir, please,' the youngster goes overboard doing earnest. The result is, without question, the film's worst performance.  

The screen is cluttered with secondary characters that pop in and out without bringing anything to the story other than add to the mess. And that's what Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is, a silly jumble of misspent potential and hollow creativity.

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Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji review

Like a one-night stand gone wrong
By Naresh Deoshi
Fri, Jan 28, 2011 23:20:21 GMT
 
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The Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji review on ApunKaChoice.com movies. Film-maker Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, his maiden plunge into the rom-com genre is like a one-night stand gone wrong. 

One laps it up for the moment, let it play footsie, knock back a few shots of one's favourite beverage, giggle at silly jokes, fidget through stretched conversations and boredom, just waiting impatiently for that one sought-after climactic moment that tragically never comes. What rather comes is the grogginess of the morning after and an itching for hair of the dog. 

Seriously, it isn't funny when you see a middle-aged Naren (Ajay Devgan), a divorcing 38-year-old bank manager coiffed and perfumed to appear younger, happily foisting himself as an oddball in a bunch of twenty-somethings just to woo the cutesy 21-year-old intern June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee) he has a crush on. 

Nor is it amusing to earhole Milind Kelkar's (Omi Vaidya) inventive poetry. A true-blue romantic at heart and still a virgin at thirty, Milind falls for a brutally ambitious radio jockey Gungun (Shraddha Das) and spouts poetic gems like "usse dekhte hi ghantiya baji dil mein, woh bhi Dolby Digital sound mein." Trump that, anyone! 

Slightly amusing are the shenanigans of the playboyish Abhay (Emraan Hashmi), a blissfully out-of-job gym instructor who woos a millionaire and much-married former beauty queen Anushka (Tisca Chopra) for money and material comforts but ends up falling in love with her step daughter Nikki (Shruti Haasan). Juggling the mother-daughter duo like a jockey astride two mares, he goes to woo the social activist Nikki in one sequence and willy-nilly ends up on a cot, doing not what he wanted, but donating blood. 

It's these little funny crackles that make Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji worth sitting through once. The movie isn't a laugh riot it might have been, but it has some engaging moments - like the one where Naren waits in the car outside his office to give a lift to June, but she is zipped away on the motorbike by a young dude. Or the ones where a thrifty Milind haggles with a flower-seller to put extra lilies and roses in the bouquet for his unloving premika Gungun. Or the one in which he reads the farewell letter from her. 

Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji review

Like a one-night stand gone wrong
By Naresh Deoshi
Fri, Jan 28, 2011 23:20:21 GMT
 
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The film is also saved by its actors. Ajay Devgan, playing the embarrassingly-in-love Naren, braying out the karaoke "Koi hota jisko apna, hum apna keh lete yaaro" and turning mealy-mouthed in front of the pretty girl he loves, is a delight to watch. Omi Vaidya as the self-sacrificing lover is creditable while Emraan Hashmi could have played the role of a philanderer even in half sleep. What particularly works is the chemistry between the trio, living together under the same roof they consider lucky for their love lives. 

Among girls, Shazahn does look appealing and performs well, at least better than Shruti Haasan, who appears just before the interval and is mostly busy spouting idealistic spiels about charity and debunking the 'India Rising' myth. Tisca Chopra and Shradda Das come up with best performances of the fairer lot. 

At the end of the day, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a film about unrequited love, heartbreaks, and renewed hopes. A virgin territory for Bhandarkar, it does pack in some crass gay gags and ribald humour with dialogues about losing one's 'V' (you know what). But it all patches up tolerably in the end. 

Give it a shot only if you are in the mood for some ticklish fun. 

Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

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Saw the movie in theater today...lovely movie, better than what I expected from the "critics" reviews. Comic scenes are really funny, they don't look forced unlike in the movies like Golmaal 3 (bakwas).

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i had decided to go to this one and ahd chekched if it would coem out in holland
and it did
but i checked today to go whis week it was removed...
dammit im soo angry that it didnt come out here
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I really wanna watch this movie. It look funny. And ermaan looks good. Blushing lol
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Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji Has Decent Weekend

 

Monday 31st January 2011 15.30 IST

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Dil To Baccha Hai Ji had a decent weekend of around 14.50 crore nett. The film picked up on Saturday and Sunday was good at most places. The approx breakdowns 3.95 crore nett on Friday, 4.85 crore nett on Saturday and 5.75 crore nett on Sunday The film is set to being a good earning proposal all round but remains to be seen where its theatrical business goes. The territorial breakdown is as follows.

 

Mumbai - 6.30 crore

Delhi/UP 2.78 crore

East Punjab - 1.33 crore

West Bengal - 64 lakhs

Bihar - 22 lakhs

Assam/Orissa - 14 lakhs

CP Berar - 63 lakhs

CI - 48 lakhs

Rajasthan - 55 lakhs

Nizam - 74 lakhs

Mysore - 62 lakhs

Tamil Nadu/Kerala -12 lakhs

TOTAL - 14.55 crore

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Went in with no expectations.. and glad I did. It wasn't like it was absolutely rubbish but nothing great either. A time pass film, for a day when you have nothing else to do. Ajay, Omi and Emraan acted really well... can't say the same about their love interests. There were some good one liners that do make you smile though. 
 
Rating : 2.5/5
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Mediocre movie,nothing great.... one time watch

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