`Dil Kabaddi`: funny, but incoherent (IANS Film Review)
This happens in many urban homes. But to
say that extra-marital affair is only an urban phenomenon is wrong.
Anyway, "Dil Kabaddi" is about two young urban couples whose conjugal
lives have gone a bit awry and they begin to look out to have some flings on the
side to keep the flame burning.
Samit (Irrfan Khan) finds his wife Mita (Soha Ali Khan) has got too absorbed in
the concept of conventional marriage and their married life has become a routine
of sort, a life where there is no scope for thrill and passion, but one which is
fraught with marital discord and acrimony.
So, Samit falls for Kaya (Payal Rohatgi), an aerobics instructor.
Rishi and Simi (Rahul Bose and Konkana Sen Sharma) are another disenchanted
couple. But, unlike Mita, Simi is too passionately aggressive and possessive for
Rishi`s penchant for a carefree life. To Rishi, marriage means togetherness, not
bondage. So, he unintentionally gets drawn to a free-spirited student of his
(debutante Saba Azad), but succumbs to her passion nonetheless.
Well, Simi, too, is not bound by the marital vow either. She has a crush on
young journalist Veer (Rahul Khanna) even as she thinks he would make a perfect
husband to her friend, Mita.
The plot however begins to meander, leaving the audience confused and in the
maze of relationships everything gets blurred and it is difficult to ascertain
who is loyal to whom.
Perhaps, that is what director Anil Senior has intended the movie to be: funny
and puzzling. After all, even though marriages are believed to be made in
heaven, the gods do not ensure happiness in marriage.
The movie is funny, but much of the fun-filled incidents are borrowed from Woody
Allen`s rib-tickling mature movie "Husbands and Wives". It is
incoherent as there is no definite storyline. The fun emanates only from the
forays of the characters and that is all about there is in the movie.
The only good thing about the movie is that it has a perfect cast, as all the
lead actors fit the respective roles they play.
Irrfan Khan acts out his dalliance with his usual straight-faced style. Soha Ali
Khan plays the role of a cantankerous wife without going overboard, Rahul Bose`s
sensitivity comes across right in keeping with his role, but one only wishes
Payal Rohtagi could have done with screaming in lower decibel.