Film: Dil Kabaddi
Starcast: Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Rahul Bose, Konkana Sen Sharma
Direction: Anil Senior
Quirky titles, forbidden turning familiar, this has been the year of experiments with morality. As the last month begins, Anil Senior, yet another debutant director, attempts ‘touch and go’ with evolving marital realities in urban India. Once it was akin to the longer version of the gentleman’s game, today in the breathless lanes of metros expression of love is quite close to the national sport.
With economic freedom comes the liberty to make your wishes come true. Couples no longer put effort to make marriages work. Very much like jobs, life partners have become easy to shift, difficult to sift. Morality pangs no longer strike them, society is never an issue. Let it go! is emerging as the new mantra. It is this irony that Anil weaves in with a comic touch. Early into the film, Irrfan Khan declares romance is not for married couples. This sets the pace. The man wants unbridled action but the wife is too concerned about the creases of the sheet to let it happen. The man refuses to realise that a dish can’t be sweet and spicy at the same time.
Anil is brazen at times, but precise all the way through. There are situations which appear a little outlandish, but in your heart of hearts you know we are reaching there. Plus he has got the casting spot on. In Irrfan and Soha Ali Khan and Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen Sharma he has got actors who love to get into the proverbial skin of the character. And the joy lies in the way he has cleverly poked fun at the media-generated images of his actors without losing touch with the job at hand.
Be it Soha’s cold image or Rahul Bose’s intellectual façade, Anil hasn’t spared anybody. Not even Konkona, who plays the passive aggressor to the hilt.
The girl wants to be in somebody else’s shoes, doesn’t show the desire still works towards it! The show stopper is undeniably unrestricted Irrfan. His synergy with Payal Rohatagi, who fits the role of a dumb damsel to the T, could have been the highlight of the film had Anil not allowed the element of profanity seeping into it.
Overall, “Dil Kabaddi” is good fun, except for those who carry probity to theatres.