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Dil Bole Hadippa

Rani Mukerjee in Dil Bole Hadippa

Dil Bole Hadippa

'A good Punjabi flavoured comedy' BBC Shropshire Bollywood

Director: Anurag Singh
Starring: Rani Mukerji, Shahid Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Poonam Dhillon, Rakhi Sawant, Sheryln Chopra
Information: Contains mild language and sex references
Running time: 147mins
BBFC cert: PG
Release date: 18 September by Yash Raj FIlms
Rating: 3/5

Amritsar-based Vikramjit Singh (Anupam) meets up with best friend Liyaaqat Ali Khan (Dilip) from Lahore to organise the yearly cricket tournament. Unfortunately, the Pakistani team has always been the winner each year.

So a defeated Vikramjit decides to call in London-based cricketer, Rohan for help. He will coach the Indian team for next year’s tournament.

But onto the scene enters local village lass, Veera (Rani). Cricket-crazy by nature, Veera  hopes to join the men’s cricket team helping them win the next game. She succeeds in doing so by masquerading as a boy - Veer Pratap Singh.

So whilst Rohan coaches Veer on the cricket field, he is unaware that the girl, Veera, he is romancing outside cricket play-time hours is none other than Veer.

It is only at the crucial point in the game that Rohan discovers Veera and Veer are the same in this romantic drama.

Debut director Anurag Singh has made a decent flick showing the struggles of a woman to prove she is good at playing cricket as any man. Singh also executes a good climax full of impact.

However, too many familiar scenes already seen in past Yash Raj Films acts as a downside for the movie. It gives you a feeling of déjà vu.

Rani Mukerjee is the soul of this Punjabi-style melodrama. How she plays the two diverse roles without anybody finding out makes an interesting watch.

Whilst her loud character as Veera appears straight from Bunty Aur Babli, she does give an endearing performance as Veer.

Shahid Kapoor provides able support throughout. Unlike his author-back role in Kaminey, he is mostly relegated to the sidelines in Dil Bole Hadippa.

Dil Bole Hadippa is an average fare with good comedy with a feel-good sport theme full of Punjabi flavour - a hit with the Sikh audience!

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent

last updated: 02/10/2009 at 18:34
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