Movie Review: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011)

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Hindi cinema has never been short of movies which abound in humor. In fact, there’s a barrage of funny films these days. Whether it’s the gentle humor that keeps us smiling constantly [on the lines of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee’s films] or the incisive and sharp wit of TERE BIN LADEN, DO DOONI CHAAR and PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA or the boisterous laughathons attempted by David Dhawan, Anees Bazmee and Priyadarshan, we’ve enjoyed our share of laughs. But I genuinely feel that the comedy scene in Bollywood is slowly, but perceptibly changing, veering more towards realism and this is exactly what we get to watch in Madhur Bhandarkar’s new outing DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI.

Okay, okay, so we associate Madhur with somber/serious cinema, tackling issues that concern us, right from CHANDNI BAR to JAIL. By now famous for his socially relevant, hard-hitting films that take potshots at the upper crust, Madhur changes tracks with this one. DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is a light entertainer at heart, but there’s something about the landed gentry in this one as well. It exposes the dual lives they lead.

DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is a slice of life film revolving around Naren [Ajay Devgn], Abhay [Emraan Hashmi] and Milind [Omi Vaidya] and their encounters with love.

A listless Naren, well in his thirties and going through a divorce [Rituparna Sengupta], falls in love with a vibrant and bubbly June [Shazahn Padamsee], who has just stepped out of her teens. Milind, a poet and an idealistic lover, is enamored by an ambitious and practical Gunjan [Shraddha Das], who is determined to follow her dreams. A charming casanova Abhay starts feeling an alien emotion called love when he feels increasingly drawn towards Nikki [Shruti Haasan], a modern girl who knows her needs and speaks her mind.

Thus DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI, with his real characters and relatable situations, takes a funny look at love and the extent to which people will go to avoid it or achieve it.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is a feel good, light-hearted rom-com, a slice of life film which the populace and the regular lay person would relate to”
3.5 “Dil To Bachcha Hai turns out to be a nice and decent entertainer by Madhur Bhandarkar which can be given a very comfortable watch with the entire family.”
3.0 “Dil To Baccha Hai Ji may have its heart in the right place but the tone is a bit tenuous and the comedy only intermittently breezy.”
3.0 “It’s part naughty, part funny. If you are looking for a few laughs, check it out.”
Average Reviews
2.75 “Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji has an interesting story but the characters and situations aren’t fleshed out enough.”
NDTV Movies
2.75 “The film is clumsy and prolonged at times and lacks in having the flesh that other films by the director can boast of.”
2.5 “Give it a shot only if you are in the mood for some ticklish fun.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Madhur should rather stick to realistic cinema or improve immensely before attempting something different the next time.”
2.0 “Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is, a silly jumble of misspent potential and hollow creativity.”
2.0 “Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is mostly juvenile comedy.”
DNA India
2.0 “The film could have been sharper, funnier, sexier.Watch it only if you must.”
1.5 “Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is at best mediocrity fuelled by hasty filmmaking decisions.”
1.5 “The stuff seems neither deliciously bad for its inspired lunacy, nor delightfully good for its sensible humour.”

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