Average critic ratings of other movies released in 2015
- Hate Story 3 – 1.7 stars
- Tamasha – 3 stars
- Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – 2.7 stars
- Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 – 2.6 stars
- Jazbaa – 2.6 stars
- Singh Is Bling – 2.3 stars
- Shaandaar – 2.2 stars
- Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon – 2.17 stars
- Katti Batti – 1.94 stars
- Calendar Girls – 1.77 stars
Dilwale Review by Indicine
Dilwale is a film that is designed to please every section of the audience. It was evident from the promos that the film has romance, comedy, action and emotion.. but by the time the closing credits roll, Dilwale ends up offering a lot more than it promised. It’s not only an entertaining film, but a celebration of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. For fans who love the on-screen jodi, it simply cannot get better than Dilwale. The chemistry that they share in Dilwale is their best since Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Dilwale Review by Taran Adarsh on Bollywood Hungama
Come to think of it, DILWALE is similar to CHENNAI EXPRESS in several ways. Rohit Shetty focuses on the love story yet again, while the light moments, high-octane drama and aimed-at-masses dialogue — the staple ingredients or fodder that contribute to a masalathon — adorn the goings-on wonderfully. At heart, and true to its title, DILWALE remains a love story, not an assemblage of sequences to win and woo the spectators. Last word? DILWALE delivers what it promises: Entertainment in enormous doses. Rohit Shetty’s latest creation speaks the language that the masses comprehend. It’s one formula that can never go out of fashion, if handled smartly. And, don’t we know by now, how proficient Rohit Shetty is when it comes to delivering a full-on entertainer in his unmistakable style.
Dilwale Review by Arnab Mukherjee on Masala
If entertainment is why you go to the theatres, then Dilwale will not disappoint you. The ending, however, is likely to receive applause only from the die-hard SRK fans. In all, it is a great family film with a comical spin on the timeless, Romeo-Julietesque love stories. Watch Dilwale, you won’t regret!
Dilwale Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
These kids are on call to look cute and lovable, and Dhawan does a good job of being Mr adorable, while Sanon is prettiness personified. Dhawan’s comic timing isn’t shabby either. However, the jokes don’t flow easy like Shetty’s previous works such as Bol Bachchan and Chennai Express. Dilwale is more drama than comedy. However, the director has remained faithful to his love of car chases, vehicle explosions and car swivels. For every romantic song shot in picturesque locales, there was a car explosion that blew your mind away. Watch this only if you have a thing for watching Kajol and Khan on the silver screen.
Dilwale Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Shetty has slyly borrowed from films like Hum and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and we would have overlooked the fact, had he put in some efforts to make it entertaining enough. The way too many clichés and the coincidences in the plot make us feel that Shetty got too lazy to try his best with this film. The humour is decent enough (with Sanjay Mishra getting some of the best lines) and the action is impressive, but what Dilwale lacks is a soul.
Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
Rohit Shetty raises the roof with the production values. Dilwale is a good looking film. Despite the pre conceived notion that comes attached with his films, Rohit manages to create characters that retain your interest. The film works because of Shah Rukh Khan and his never ageing charm. Taking full advantage the two diverse time periods and characters, he goes for the kill. Between the two, it’s his portrayal of the subdued and understated Raj that stays with you. He not only looks like a million bucks with that beard and scruff but also flexes some serious muscle in a scene. Kajol steals the show in a very important scene in the first half that exposes her real intent. That fire in her eyes and that laugh we have come to love is back. Doesn’t make sense in talking about her chemistry with SRK cause that has withstood the test of time. Varun Dhawan’s comic timing is impeccable. He gets to showcase his funny side ample time in Dilwale and his co-star Kriti Sanon compliments him through the film. Geri and Manma Emotion look stunning on the big screen.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
Kajol, as expected, is excellent in emotional parts but her chirpiness when playing the younger self borders on being annoying. Shah Rukh Khan is fabulous as the earnest lover boy and as the older and mellower man 15 years later. His eyes belie many emotions as he plays the angst-ridden lover waiting to clear the misunderstanding with the woman he loves, to perfection and to the gallery. Varun Dhawan is endearing and sincere as ever. Kriti gives good support. But then the younger couple, or for that matter everything else, fades into the background when SRK and Kajol look into each other’s eyes. Even if you are not a Rohit Shetty fan, watch this for the chemistry between SRK and Kajol which refuses to simmer down even after all these years.
Review by Raja Sen on Rediff
Hamming, of course, is the sensible option in a film this badly written. No actor in the world could have lifted this material, and Khan cleverly chooses to play his part — lips q-q-q-quivering, eyes ‘intense’ — with such showiness that it looks like he’s in on the joke. Thank God. Kajol is more earnest, and both actors occasionally conjure up some fire when their eyes lock or when their grins match, but there is too little of this amid the increasingly loud tomfoolery. It is this tomfoolery, to be fair, that somewhat makes the second half bearable — in relative terms, I must stress, but there is only so much Sanjay Mishra is allowed to do in a film of this sort.
Review by Sushmita Murthy on Deccan Chronicle
The thing about Dilwale is that it over promises and under delivers. In a bid to chase the Bollywood success formula of a masala flick, which Rohit Shetty undisputedly has cracked over the years, this film tried to pack too many punches in one. As a result, none are strong enough.
Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify
This is one of those films where the central draw is the lead pair. In short, the hollowness of the film is to be compensated by the sheer prowess of the stars, and the film piggy-banks on them.
Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
Rohit Shetty’s films are big-ticket adventures; a genre unto themselves. Low on content — plot lines borrowed (in this case Hum and Kasme Vaade), incohesive screenplay and lowbrow dialogues (Sajid-Farhad) — the film leans heavily on Shah Rukh’s mega-stardom, Varun’s effervescence, breathtaking locales (Iceland and Bulgaria), orchestrated car chases and over-the-top situations, which have you chuckling.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
This time around Shah Rukh shares space with Varun Dhawan who, in turn has a romantic track with Kriti Sanon, and a bumbling best friend track with Varun Sharma: SRK’s track with old flame Kajol, which is meant to be the film’s mainstay, keeps coming and going. And the other bit parts come and go, too, pretty much on a whim. It’s almost as if someone says, now let’s bung in a comic track, and out tumble Johnny Lever as a car thief, and Sanjay Misra as a pony-tailed receiver of stolen cars, and Boman Irani as a pink-jacketed mobster with a love of vintage cars.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
While the first is action-packed and expectedly allows director Rohit Shetty to pull off a couple of exciting chase sequences, the second is a pedestrian mish-mash of multiple and incompatible elements.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Dilwale is immensely enjoyable despite an oh-my-god-this-is-so-predictable story. Keep your brains out of the picture, and you have an out-and-out entertainer. Dilwale fits perfectly in the mould of a guilty pleasure. Go indulge!
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
Dilwale is a love story that relies heavily on the chemistry between Kajol and Shah Rukh and that works. They still have the magic and you can’t help but sway to the music that plays in the background every time they cross paths. Shah Rukh Khan plays the adopted older brother rather well. Remember Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham with Hrithik? In Dilwale too the scenes between him and Varun bring warmth to the heart and smile on the lips. Whether he is romancing Meera, playing the big brother or bashing skulls as Kali, it all comes to easily to SRK. The film works because of him and Kajol, who delivers an utterly moving and believable performance whether she is spewing fire or ice from her eyes. The films has many funny moments (when Vir confessed his love story to Raj) but there aren’t as many as in Rohit’s Golmaals and All The Best. The funniest scene of the film comes from Pankaj Tripathi and Mukesh Tiwari when they reveal the Raj’s past to Vir and Ishita. The action scenes are very well shot, no one does that better than Rohit. Kriti Sanon looks pretty and does her best with the role she has.
Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews
Rohit Shetty is known for his brand of cinema—where stars meet amidst colourful modified cars and they do the talking. Here, in ‘Dilwale’ when you have superstar Shah Rukh Khan and the beautiful Kajol with you—even Rohit’s cars are actually used as just ‘cars’ (hope you get what I mean)!
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
All the typical Shetty characters assemble very early in the film and their confidence suggests that they have already assumed Dilwale a box office winner, which it could be. But then, emotional scenes start to fall flat and the story begins to lose track. Am I suggesting Golmaal and Chennai Express had good stories?
Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham
The character of Raj offers no challenge to Shah Rukh Khan. This is a role he has done umpteen times in his career. He needs to do justice to his talent immersing himself in roles that challenge him. Ditto Kajol. Though, I must say that it is good to see her on screen. That leaves us with Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon two actual beneficiaries of the film. Varun can do no wrong. Give him even a half-baked role and he will sincerely pull out his best act. This is his talent. Kriti keeps her own, walking tall (pun intended) in every scene. There was not much she could do, but like Varun, she immerses herself into every scene to give it her best shot.
Dilwale Review by Indiaglitz
Shah Rukh Khan is capable of portraying any given part well and same goes the case with this. The actor is promising in his role and wonderful in action scenes. Also the emotional scene with Varun Dhawan is top-notch. Kajol is looking exceptionally beautiful and plays her part with confidence. Varun Dhawan overplays a few times, but is otherwise fun to watch. Kriti Sanon is pretty and throws a fine performance. Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra and Mukesh Tiwari are hilarious. Boman Irani too is amazing in his part and gives good support to the film. The abrupt flashbacks and the weird editing, makes the movie score less marks in the technical department. Also the screenplay, which is quite predictable, is unnecessarily stretched. On a whole, ‘Dilwale’ is just another masala entertainer, which only expects you to enjoy and not think much. Giving it a shot wouldn’t harm anyone.
Review by meeta on Wogma
In more than one way, the story comes a full circle from where things started in 1995 with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, it does a double take too. Certainly, Dilwale has a lot more story than you’d expect in a Rohit Shetty film. Doesn’t mean the details are any less predictable. Oh, I am exaggerating, the unpredictability lies in the fact that when you expect a song a fight sequence is thrown in. Also, having a story doesn’t mean it isn’t ridiculous either. It is and it makes you roll your eyes over and over. And when the story doesn’t do that it is taken over by most of the dialogue. That or you snort or snore. The only relief then comes from a few lines that make you laugh. A few of those are just at the plain silliness of it all, a few because of the way Johnny Lever delivers them and a couple from Varun Dhawan’s dialogue delivery.
Review by Rajeev Masand on IBNLive
The real problem with Dilwale is the sheer artificiality of the enterprise. From the rainbow-hued sets and the touched-up landscapes in the Gerua song, to many moments of comedic and emotional payoff, so much of it just feels fake. Doesn’t help either that the film clocks in at a butt-numbing 155 minutes. I got up to leave at three different points that I imagined were the climax, only to discover that there was still more to come. Never a good sign when you’re looking at your watch instead of the screen.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Given the frenzy and fandom that SRK and Kajol bring to the table, the job cut out for the rest of the unit becomes a supporting one. SRK spreads his arms wide and Kajol’s eyes acquire a mischievous glint as she heads for a warm embrace and the world doesn’t seem like a bad place to exist in. But to take them for granted and expect that their mere presence would negate the need for a story, screenplay or any other element that makes a film, scripts Dilwale’s doom.
Review by Shishir Gautam on Nowrunning
In essence hence Diwale is basically about a group of people doing what they have been doing for years. Shah Rukh Khan spreads his arms, romances his woman… his almost enviable in his consistency. Unfortunately the consistency could start hurting his hardcore fan base soon. How often do you see the same thing after all? Especially when you have newcomers like Ranveer Singh treading unchartered territory. And then Varun Dhawan also does what he aimed at in Main Tera Hero. Aiming at the slot that Salman Khan might soon have to vacate due to his age [If age affects him that is, and tells him it’s time]. Strange hence is the fact that Diwale still managed to entertain and make me laugh at regular interval. You should enjoy it too, if you find hilarity in the familiar.
Review by Caitlin E. O’Conner on Bollyspice
Dilwale is not all bad — it has its moments when it tugs at the heartstrings or tickles the funnybone, but those shining moments are mostly buried under mundane bakwas, and I’m not entirely sure it’s worth wading through it to get to the good.