A young, super-excited fan of Bollywood Hungama.com, Anita couldn't help sharing her review of Dil Bole Hadippa with us after she caught a sneak peek of the highly anticipated film at the Toronro International Film Festival (TIFF). Read on to find out if the movie lived up to her expectations.
For all of you who have been waiting to see Dil Bole Hadippa (DBH) and Rani Mukherjee's triumphant return, you will not be disappointed. DBH was what Ta Ra Rum Pum and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic should have been, a light-hearted Indian-flavoured family entertainer from Yash Raj Films. It's good to see that both Rani and YRF have returned to the formula that we all know and love.
The film starts out with Veera Kaur (Rani Mukherjee), a hardcore typical Punjabi kudi who is completely obsessed with cricket. She's so confident of her abilities that she boldly claims that she can hit six sixes in a row, even when a pro pitcher takes her up on the bet. Veera also works alongside Shanno (Rakhi Sawant) and others in a dance troupe that performs regularly. Of course, while they perform, she's backstage playing cricket with the kids, which is extremely endearing.
Enter into the story Rohan Kapoor (Shahid Kapoor) and his father Vikram Kapoor (Anupam Kher). Rohan is an accomplished cricket player in England who has lived there for many many years. Vikram somehow convinces Rohan to come to India and be by his side.
Dil Bole Hadippa! Vikram's close childhood friend, Liyaqat Ali Khan (Dilip Tahil) is from Lahore, Pakistan. To foster peace between the two nations, the friends have set up an annual Peace Cup. Vikram asks Rohan to captain the Amritsar team and lead them to victory.
When Rohan comes across Veera for the first time, her adorably bad English and her defensive patriotism catch him completely off guard. She's most definitely like no one he's met before. Veera finds out that the Amritsar cricket team is holding tryouts for selection. She gets extremely excited and runs off to become the town's new batting star. Unfortunately, when she goes to the tryout, the security guards and the rest of the men in line scoff at the notion that a woman could play cricket with them. Rani is heartbroken.
Rani realizes that she can dress up as a man and possibly fool the cricketers into letting her onto the team! Rani freaks out when she sees that the same foreign jerk who annoyed her, Rohan, is the captain. She stumbles and lies and tells him her name is Veer Pratap Singh. Veer succeeds in impressing Rohan and is accepted into the team.
After a lot of fun-filled moments between Rohan, Veera and Veer Pratap Singh, its time for the final cricket match.
Dil Bole Hadippa! Overall, I would definitely recommend Dil Bole Hadippa. It's been a while since I've seen a movie that doesn't take itself so seriously. I really liked that aspect of DBH. Plus, if you're a Rani fan, this is most definitely the movie for you. She is beyond amazing and she is back like she's never been before. Shahid is pretty much the most adorable thing ever and also a good reason to check out the film.
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