All three men have something to prove to themselves and to the women they love. And their quest for success brings them to a prestigious music competition, which offers each of them the opportunity they are looking for. But only one man can win and so the suspense builds up to a rocking climax.
The beauty of the story lies in its telling. It is the manner in which the filmmaker has infused these ordinary stories with passion and poignancy that sets Dil Vil Pyar Vyar apart from every other Hindi movie. The complexity of Krish and Raksha's relationship is treated with unusual tenderness. Equally heart-warming is Hrithik's wooing of Jojo and their playful romance. The other two couples are a few shades paler, largely because their characters havent been worked on as meticulously.
Dil Vil Pyar Vyar is sprinkled with several stirring moments. The dialogues exude the honesty of everyday life and ensure that the characters on screen connect with their audience.
Perhaps the weakest links in this innovative effort are the performances. Bhavna Pani and Rakesh Bapat are totally insipid and should definitely stop trying to act. Sanjay Suri looks good. Obviously, that is not good enough. Sonali Kulkarni tries so desperately to look good that she forgets her natural talent for acting. Hence she neither looks good nor performs with conviction.
Hrishita Bhatt is okay and Jimmy Shergill is a lot better than okay. He executes the rich playboy part with flair.
Madhavan has the most difficult role in the film and sometimes seems weighed down by it, going over-the-top in a few scenes.
Namrata Shirodkar being the most experienced member of the cast comes up with the best performance. She also carries herself with dignity, unlike the other heroines. Perhaps this film will pave the way for better roles coming her way.
The real star of the show, however, is R D Burman's music, 'recreated' by Bablu Chakraborty (isn't he the same man who was R D's assistant for several years?). Most of the songs used in the film are over 30 years old, yet their beauty defies the vagaries of time.
One cannot quite imagine any Jimmy Shergill trying to duplicate Shammi Kapoor's wild frenzy in O haseena zulfonwali nor is it easy to digest Alka Yagnik's rendition of Lata Mangeshkar's melancholic Tere bina zindagi se or even Hariharan getting over enthusiastic with Kishore Kumar's Tum bin jaaon kahan.
But for a generation that has heard nothing except cheap imitations, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar is a pleasant introduction to the brilliance of R D Burman.
A word of caution here (because Hindi cinema has an irritating knack for producing me-toos): while Mahadevan has come up trumps with his novel idea of making a retro musical, he might have set a terrible precedent. Just like Bally Sagoo remixed Chura liya and opened the floodgates for three million R D Burman clones, there is a danger that this film might prompt filmmakers and music directors to start pilfering old hits at random.
Hopefully, good sense will prevail and Dil Vil Pyar Vyar remains a one-of-its-kind flick. Meanwhile, do check it out.
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