REVIEW: Dil, Dosti etc.

Dil, Dosti Etc. is a snore-fest peppered with crude dialogues, and though the story may be very real, it cannot be called quality cinema, says Khalid Mohamed.

movie reviews Updated: Sep 29, 2007 13:40 IST
Khalid Mohamed
Khalid Mohamed
Hindustan Times

Dil, Dosti etc.
Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Imaad Shah, Nikita Anand
Direction: Manish Tiwary
Rating: **

Mr Talpade is Mr College Election Candidate (political type you know). Mr Shah is a rich man’s son who believes in sex, sex, sex, sex, sex with a bidi-smoking prostitute (see what Sharmila Tagore left to Indian cinema with Mausam!).. as well as a coquettish school girl called Kintu Mintu Parantu or some such.

Then there’s Miss Anand, a wanna-ramp supermodel who keeps going into shady hostel rooms to demonstrate that she is no danger of being considered an actress. By the way, mention must be made of Smriti Mishra, the aforecited bidiwalli who babbles about nothing worth babbling about.. And last as well as the least, there’s Feroze Gujral who is sure to win some award or the other for being the Worst Item Girl of the Millennium. Khallas! What was she thinking about?

And Dil Dosti Etc is also about first-time director Manish Tiwary who means well, but doesn’t do well. Contrived as a growing-up age low-budgeter, this one’s a snore fest littered with so much crude dialogue that your ears burn till you want to call a fire brigade.

Talpade is passable, Shah looks like a pomfret out of water and you, my dear friends, will be bored with a Capital B. So why the two stars then? Only for the storyline which is drawn from the seamier side of campus life. It may all be very real but quality cinema it isn’t.

First Published: Sep 28, 2007 18:02 IST