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Dil Dimag Aur Batti

Dil Dimag Aur Batti Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 2.0 / 5

Dil Dimag Aur Batti Movie Review : An overkill of Manmohan Desai’s cliched formula

Dil Dimag Aur Batti is an interesting name for a Marathi film, isn’t it? It makes you wonder whether the film has all three elements mentioned in its name, or is it a play of words on the genre? Turns out, it’s neither. So, what is it? Well, let’s not spoil the fun for the brave ones who want to watch the film. Instead, let us take a look at the plot.

The film opens with Manmohan Desai coming out of a court. What? Did you think a tribute to the 70s and 80s Bollywood would be complete without Manmohan Desai? Anyway, it so happens that Desai (Dilip Prabhavalkar) is looking for his lost son-in-law (don’t tell us you didn’t see that coming!). Why the court then? Shouldn’t he be at the police station? Well, he’s been there, and then to his trusted astrologer who suggest he change his name because it carries a baggage of being associated with the ‘lost and found’ formula. Wait. Bear with us. In flashback, we also learn that Desai’s son-in-law Amitabh (Pushkar Shrotri) goes missing post losing his memory after slipping and hitting his head on the ground. We are introduced to Amitabh’s wife Jaya (Sonali Kulkarni), who is the mother of triplets – Amar, Dilip and Jyoti – who too are separated during another incident, with only Dilip remaining with her. Now, we have Desai looking for Amitabh, Jaya looking for Amitabh and her two lost kids, and the kids living their lives, thinking the women who raised them as their mothers. Why? That’s another story. But that is not all. There are parallel plots involving lost lovers, kidnappings, making of a film and what not too. To cut the long story short, this film is overflowing with every cliché from the retro era of Hindi cinema.

The project boasts of big names in the acting department, with the likes of Prabhavalkar, Kulkarni, Vandana Gupte, Kadam and more. But no matter how many VIPs are on board, it’s difficult to save a rudderless ship from going astray. The actors do what’s expected of them, but the film lacks a good script, making their efforts futile.

At one point in the film, Pushkar Shrotri claims to have a potion that he claims can teach anyone acting. Some of it could have been sprayed on the supporting actors, maybe? In another instance, Anand Ingale’s character is exasperated with the chaos around him. This pretty much sums up the viewer’s experience while watching Dil Dimag Aur Batti. Is there nothing worth watching here then, you may ask? If a few stray laughs is what you are looking for, and if you want to watch the effort put into the film by the actors, then you can watch this one at your own risk.

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