Naturally, Yash Raj banner redounds your expectations to a greater degree, patently with the top-notching teasers and promos. But naturally, the film's result would rarely exceed your expectations and 'Dil Bole Hadippa' doesn't seem to be an elision.
Oops! 'Dil Bole Hadippa' carries nothing exceptional other than usual traits of what a Yash Raj banner would offer: colorful costumes, grandiloquently rich locations in backdrops. Apart from this, you do have an extra delight and that's about Shahid Kapoor. Regrettably, the 'Kaminey' boy doesn't get such a substantial role as he goes overshadowed by Rani Mukherji.
The problem with 'Dil Bole Hadippa' isn't about including 'Cricket' factors, but the very clichéd way of narration. It would've been a spellbinding show, perhaps, if Anurag had conceptualized interesting and innovative ideas. On the pars, the screenplay fails to be riveting in many parts letting you easily predict what's gonna happen next.
Fine! Let's first take a glimpse over the tale of Dil Bole Hadippa followed by critical analysis of plus and minuses.
Veera (Rani Mukherjee) is a fire-cracker of a girl who lives in a small village but dreams in 70mm. She works in a local theatre group but dreams of playing cricket in the big league. Yes, believe it or not, she wants to play with Tendulkar and Dhoni for India.
While Veera dreams on in India, Rohan (Shahid Kapoor) is an accomplished captain of a county cricket team in England. Rohan returns to India to captain his father's cricket team which has been losing consecutively for the last 8 years.
In a village where girls don't play cricket, Veera has to put on a turban and beard and become a man to fulfill her dreams. Her brilliance on the field earns her a place in Rohan's team and Veera Kaur becomes Veer Pratap Singh.
And then begins a journey of Veera, Rohan and Veer filled with music, romance and comedy through Punjab and beyond.
First things first! Aparajita deserves special mention for penning an interesting plot. But Anurag stumbles down on the process of turning the words into pictures. Well, the initial portions of the film go along with fun-filled moments that engross the mass audiences blissfully. But things go astray in the latter part that looks out to be 'beating the same bush'.
Soon as you start predicting the proceedings, you become restless yearning for the final credits. But Anurag saves the ship from sinking with an attention-grabbing match between India Vs Pakistan. By nature, India must win and that's the rule. But the mere applications of certain poring moments just keep you intact in space.
Barring special concern for beautiful locales of Punjab, Anurag Singh doesn't spell anything special for the audiences.
On the performance, Rani Mukherji scores brownie points for her earnest efforts. It's worth mentioning that she doesn't strain herself to emote on various occasions as Veer and Veera as well. But then, ardent buffs of Shahid have nothing but plain letdowns. Anupam Kher does his part well while Poonam Dhillon is okay. Rakhi Sawant and Sherlyn Chopra haven't got anything to perform other than exposing their bootylicious bodies.
Technically, Pritam disappoints us heavily as none of the songs have been laudable. Thanks to Sudeep Chatterjee for a spellbinding cinematography.
Finally, 'Dil Bole Hadippa' isn't an appreciable piece of work from Yash Raj Banner. Sparing the exotic locations and performance by Rani Mukherji, the film hasn't got anything special to watch out for.
Verdict: Average in all parts
Rating: ** ½