Star Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Saqib Saleem, Nidhi Singh.
Director: Aleya Sen
What’s Good: Taapsee and Saqib’s fresh pair & the way they portray it, Nidhi Singh’s outrageous yet entertaining presence.
What’s Bad: Everything apart from what’s mentioned in ‘What’s Good’.
Loo Break: That’s the best thing about this film, you can leave it anytime midway, all you’ll miss will be just some another uncalled for sequences.
Watch or Not?: Watch only if you’ve haven’t seen a bad rom-com since long time, this could be the one.
Dil Juunglee is a confused and cliched love story of a girl who has this fear of staying single forever. Her name is as strange as her thoughts, Koroli (Taapsee Pannu) and she is the underwritten desi version of Ginnifer Goodwin from He’s Just Not That Into You. She meets Sumit Uppal (Saqib Saleem) who is an aspiring writer struggling his way to get into Bollywood. They both plan to get married rescuing away from their parents as the girl is Manglik (Story writer, was that even necessary?).
They face an uninvited trekking trip on the way where differences start brewing between them. When Koroli thinks everything is a fairy tale between them, her love story takes a u-turn. Rest of the story is all about whether or not they’ll come back and if yes, what will bring them together. (How many times we’ve been through this route?)
Dil Juunglee Movie Review: Script Analysis
The script is penned by the director herself and is the biggest reason why this movie will remain a trashy rom-com for me. First of all, many sequences are half-baked and are never explained properly. For example, we never got to know the reason why Taapsee is so disdained by her father and because of this you never feel for the characters. The love track between them, though cute, never gets fully utilized as both get on and off from each other for the entire film.
The second half of the film takes a leap of 7 years and gets shifted to London all of a sudden. Though the movie is of just 2 hours, after a point of time I got so bored I was listening songs with my earphones on. If you watch the movie, please tell me did I miss something important, I’ll revise my rating if I did (Caution: I’m not advising anyone to watch the movie). Also, honestly, this also is one of those movies which you try hard to like but it breaks your heart in the end.
Dil Juunglee Movie Review: Star Performance
Saqib Saleem as an aspiring actor come in as too loud and tumultuous. He surely is charming and makes a great pair with Taapsee but his character is very lousily written. His comic timing is good at times but unfortunately because of the script he never gets any chance to shine.
Taapsee Pannu, though looked cute in her glasses, also fails to rise over the abysmal script. She plays the role of a loner and still did not evoke any emotion in any single scene. You know the film is really bad when you waste a talent like Taapsee Pannu.
Nidhi Singh surprises with her little-extended appearance. She’s loud and entertaining and has worked a lot on her accent. The only silver lining of this dark could.
Dil Juunglee Movie Review: Direction, Music
Coincidentally two of three movies this week have two debutante directors and both are from ad background – Arjun Mukherjee (3 Storeys) and Aleya Sen (Dil Juunglee). The direction is average and could’ve been better with a good story but the damage was already done.
Apart from Dil Jaane Naa, Bandeya not a single song leaves any impact. Background score is passable too and doesn’t help in many anything better for the film.
Dil Juunglee Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Dil Juunglee is one of those films you give someone a dare to watch. Sad for Saqib Saleem, Taapsee Pannu, and Nidhi Singh – they could’ve done so much better. Skip this one and thank me later!
Dil Juunglee Movie Trailer
Dil Juunglee Movie releases on 09th March, 2018.
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