Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Saqib Saleem, Abhilash Thapliyal, Srishti Srivastava, Nidhi Singh, Santosh Barmola
Direction: Aleya Sen
Taapse Pannu has taken a full circle to return to the arena of comedy with ‘Dil Juunglee’ where she for the first time pairs with Saqib Saleem. Directed by successful ad filmmaker Aleya Sen who’s made her debut, this film also stars actors like Abhilash Thapliyal, Srishti Srivastava, Nidhi Singh and Santosh Barmola. It has been produced by Jackky Bhagnani and Deepshikha Deshmukh.
Story: Koroli (Taapsee Pannu), a rich girl from London who teaches English at a British Council center and meets aspiring Bollywood actor and gym trainer from Delhi called Sumit (Saqib Saleem). The teacher falls for her student and the two plan to elope but fate has other plans.
They reunite seven years later in London and discover that Koroli aka Koro is engaged to business tycoon Jai Singh Rathore (Santhosh Barmola) and Sumit is in a relationship with a wannabe actress from Delhi. What transpires when their paths collide, forms the story.
Taapsee looks great in both her geeky and the more glamorous looks. The characterization is flawed, the girl who gave us ‘Pink’ would be playing a stereotypical girl whose agenda in life is having a life partner? Kudos to her for moulding in both the avatars but we expect more from an actress like her don’t we?
Saqib Saleem is playing a quintessential Delhi ke ‘Lajpat Nagar Ka Launda’ who is over confident and full of self love. He does great for the film and brings all the comical elements in the film along with his gang. His portrayal is realistic.
The supporting actors help in keeping the momentum of the film going.
Music and Dialogues: The romantic track ‘Dil Jaane Na’ captivates your heart. The picturisation of song bonds the story in one whole song. Taapse and Saqib have great chemistry and it shows. The jokes in the movie felt they were transcribed from a whatsapp group, they were immature and not something new. However, there were a few punches that would crack you up.
Direction: The film is full of Bollywood cliches and inspirations from classics like DDLJ. The audiences have seen enough of the Bollywood rom-com and this one comes with the differences in classes of the lead pair only with a touch of the youth element. Aleya Sen’s direction unfortunately goes for a toss, given her ad filmmaking lineage. In the first half, opposites attract and fall in love but the association is tarnished by either of their parents. Post interval and 7 years later Koro is seen doing what her father expected out of her in the first place and is engaged to her childhood friend. Sumit is shooting in London and the two meet. Now if that isn’t the usual Bollywood rom-com set up then what is? Despite its many flaws the film entertains you in places and can be watched for the performances. The camera work is great in the film too, you get to see the real Delhi and London in each of the halves of the film.
Cinespeaks Verdict: ‘Dil Juunglee’ is the typical Bollywood love story that you’ve been watching over the years but if that’s what entertains you everytime then this film is made for you. Cinespeaks gives ‘Dil Juunglee’ 2.5 out of 5 stars!