THT Talkies : Circus of love and relationships

Dil Kabbadi

Genre: (Romantic comedy)

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rahul Khanna, Payal Rohatgi, Saba

Director: Anil Senior

Being screened at theatres near you


Dil Kabbadi is a sweet, fun-filled movie. Though it revolves around relationships turning sour, people moving on to new relationships, and realisations made at the end of the day, everything has been presented in a humorous package without emotional strains. And it is this very fact that may work for some. But as it doesn’t have a serious quotient attached to all the heartbreaks, this very fact could work against the movie making it seem too light.

The movie begins with Samit (Irrfan Khan) and Mita (Soha Ali Khan) in a really bad mood. They turn up at their friends Rishi (Rahul Bose) and Simi’s (Konkona Sen Sharma) place and announce they are moving on in separate ways. Both try to go on with their life. While Mita seems to be stuck where she was earlier, Samit is having the time of his life with his new girlfriend Kaya (Payal Rohatgi) where sex seems to predominate. On the other hand, Rishi is getting infatuated with one of his students Raga (Saba), and the undercurrents of his married life going haywire is becoming more evident by the day, as Simi is also is dissatisfied with the relation. Enter Veer (Rahul Khanna) who is instantly in love with Mita, whom he meets through Simi, but Simi herself has hidden feelings for him. And it is all these stories mixed up together, and the revelations the characters have about oneself, hidden feelings or moments that get relived from the past, after leaving loved ones and meeting new ones that form the story.

As expected from the brilliant group of actors, each of them seamlessly play their part. From being sweet and innocent to bringing out the fury and obviously carrying out the typical male and female characteristics, it has been carried out really well. The best part about the movie is that as even with so many stories integrated into one, it pleasingly moves from one to the next, without disturbing the other fragments and giving it a meaningful consistency. Ironically, it is this very fact that is the main drawback of the movie as it doesn’t have a strong plot and is just one sequence after another. Some of the dialogues, which deal with hush-hush issues, have been blatantly presented and does shock you at times. The songs are however, a complete waste and do nothing to contribute to the movie.