A National Award winning film maker, a fantastic star-cast and mesmerising music definitely increases your expectations. You know that you can expect a good film from the maker of Fashion, Page 3 and Corporate but Madhur Bhandarkar's first attempt at a rom-com disappoints. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a romantic comedy but lacks both the elements and we hope that in future Madhur sticks to what he is good at, hard hitting and realistic cinema.
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is about Naren (Ajay Devgn), Milind (Omi Vaidya) and Abhay (Emraan Hashmi) and their search for love. Naren is a 39 sorry 38 year old divorcee, to be reasonable, who looks for love in his 21 year old colleague June (Shazahn Padamsee). Milind is in love with a radio jockey GunGun (Shraddha Das) who is also an aspiring actress that faces rejection from every audition and uses Milind as a guinea pig. For Abhay a.k.a Abby life is a one night stand. His motto is to sleep and let sleep. Abby catches a big fish, a model and socialite Anushka Narang (Tisca Chopra) who is married to a rich business tycoon Harsh Narang but falls in love with Nikki Narang (Shruti Hassan), Harsh's New York returned social activist daughter that dumps the Casanova.
The movie starts at a very slow pace with the introduction of each character and we keep waiting that now the film will finally start only to be dismayed. Unfortunately, even an actor of Ajay Devgn's calibre could not add life to the film. Emraan, Shraddha and Tisca do complete justice to their characters while Shruti, Omi and Shazahn still have a long way to go. Madhur's direction is average and the man should definitely not give another shot to a rom-com. The music of the film is soothing. Madhur has tried to be realistic by showing how the gen-next uses love only to fulfil their own dreams and ambitions and by portraying that boys will be boys and will continue to woo girls despite heart breaks. Some dialogues are entertaining and manage to create a giggle here and there. The film is average with mediocre performances, so we'll go with two stars for this one.