A 38 year old divorcee, a 28 year old virgin and a playboy falling in love or lust. A sex comedy or a romantic story. Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Dil Toh Baccha hai ji” (DTBHJ) just could not make up its mind.
DTBHJ is a story about three different individuals who stay in the same house and having three distinct life style.
Ajay Devgan is Naren is a 38 year old banker going through a divorce. He falls for a 21 year old intern in his office, June Pinto played by Shazahn Padamsee
Omi Vaidya is Milind kelkar aged 28 is a wannabe poet who works in a matrimonial company setting up marriages. He falls for a Radio Jockey, Gungun Sarkar played by Shraddha Das who wants to be an actress and live in the glamorous world of movies.
Emraan Hashmi is Abhay Suri, a playboy who makes woman pay for his expenses. He falls for high socialite and Businessman’s second wife Anushka Narang played by Tisca Chopra. Things become complicated when her husband’s daughter enter the picture.
DTBHJ is about the life of these three men or rather the non-existent love life of these men. The story tracks their pathetic effort to attract the women. Its but obvious that there are lots of signs that these are going to fail. But neither the characters nor the story writer seem to believe it as the characters go from one humiliation to another that we stop feeling sorry for them.
The story fails to decide what it wants to be, a sex comedy or a love story. The first half is laced with adult and gay jokes. The second part becomes a little heavy with the obvious process of dumping starts.
Ajay Devgan’s story is the only segment of the movie which is close to believable. A middle aged man infatuated with a much younger woman makes an interesting concept and you certainly know how its going to end.
Omi Vaidya really needs to come out of the “3 Idiots” acting style. The way he says his poetry, it reminds me of the “chamatkar” poem in “3 Idiots”.
Emraan Hashmi’s character is the most confusing part. One moment he is confessing of being the perfect playboy who lives to have fun and the next moment he goes and falls in love with an older woman and then he falls in love with her younger teen step-daughter.
DTBHJ really does not pick up in terms of story telling and characterisation. The story slows down very much in the second half.
The music is good but then comes up randomly without warning.
Madhur Bhandarkar is made to make movies where stories reflect real life but has most certainly gone wrong. Comedy is not his forte.
DTBHJ is an interesting chance gone wrong. Wish it could have been better like the trailer