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firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. Jai Maharaj): Nov 20 06:28PM
Kill Dil Movie Review
By Saibal Chatterjee NDTV Friday, November 14, 2014
A stylishly shot and neatly packaged action caper, Kill Dil could have been a killer film. It isn't.
It simply doesn't have enough soul and substance to be able to go all the way to the finish line with its grand design in one piece.
Director Shaad Ali, back in action seven years after the Jhoom Barabar Jhoom debacle, shows clear signs of rustiness.
In one scene, on a wall of an insurance company's boardroom, he hangs a portrait of Hindi cinema's most iconic mother, Nirupa Roy, under a nameplate that reads 'Founder'.
His ideas may not be quite as ancient as the much-revered character actress that he invokes, but much of the material that Ali juggles with in Kill Dil belongs firmly to the past.
Remember all those 'No Vacancy' montages that would pop up every now and then on our silver screens in the good old black-and-white era, with the unemployed hero wiping the sweat off his forehead after each job rejection?
Kill Dil has its own variation on the theme: the protagonist, having traded his gun for a fake graduation certificate, hops from one place to another desperately looking for employment. Predictably, he is summarily ticked off by stand-offish interviewers and sent packing.
But don't forget that we live in a "new and shining India". So the guy does eventually get lucky with a character played by a suited and booted Alok Nath (who else?).
The director, on his part, banks upon his only trump card - lyricist Gulzar's evocative lines, some of which are rendered in the poet's resonant voice - to hold the thin narrative together.
But neither the surfeit of songs nor the quirky storytelling devices that Ali employs to liven up Kill Dil can prevent the dagger of futility running right through the heart of the film's aspirations and draining all life out of it.
A hackneyed plot is the undoing of Kill Dil. Have a good look at the poster on the way out: the slash between the two words in the title is about the only thing that eventually stands out.
Waves of pleasure when a song like this is played full screen , Indian background instruments , great set Movie is very good , Parineeta as usual excellent . Must watch , story of how a woman tries to reform a pay for hire killer , not knowing he is one. In most such movies the guy gets killed , however..
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