A rom-com sans romance and comedy

Producer: Kumar Mangat, Madhur Bhandarkar
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shazhan Padamsee, Shradha Das, Shruti Haasan, Tisca Chopra, Mukesh Tiwari

MUMBAI: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a romantic comedy about three guys in different situations and with a different take on love. It is also about four women with different traits, though all are totally contemporary.

Ajay Devgn is going through a divorce and already on the lookout for a new love when he spots a new intern in his office, the cute and pert Shazhan Padamsee.

Emraan Hashmi is a Casanova, almost a gigolo, who finds his ATM card in oft married Tisca Chopra but finally true love hits him in the form of her stepdaughter, Shruti Haasan.

The third of the trio is Omi Vaidya, a Maharashtrian with old values who considers being virgin at thirty a virtue; he is in a one-sided love affair with a DJ, Shradha Das.

Ajay Devgn’s intern is 17 years his junior but her playfulness and proximity lead him to believe she loves him too. Emraan Hashmi, using girls to finance his lifestyle, comes across rich Tisca Chopra who wants him for keeps. He is happy with this arrangement till his eyes fall on Shruti. Omi Vaidya’s girl, Shradha Das aspires to be a film actor and just when she gives up all hopes and falls in the arms of Omi, she gets her break in a film. And, there end three love stories which were never there. 

The more than 4000 meters of length of the film is all about how the trio woos and coos with their respective lovers. Where the film suffers is there is nothing much happening on the screen; as the film meanders around the romances of the three, there are no great gags, there is no movement and distractions are few; in that this being a urban multiplex fare, the faces on screen are almost all uninspiring, the music is weak and funny moments scarce.

Direction is okay but a tighter script would have helped the cause better. Dialogue is day to day, bereft of punches and one-liners. Music is a let down. Editing is weak.

Performances wise, Ajay Devgan does well as a man all at sea nursing a notion of love with a girl 17 years younger. Emraan Hashmi is his usual self; no histrionics. Omi Vaidya is passable but will soon have to show some range in his acting and expressions. Of the girls, Shazhan Padamsee acts well and is watchable, Shruti Hassan is not. Shradha Das is average. Tiscsa Chopra does well.

Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is an average entertainer with very limited box office prospects - perhaps confined to a few metro multiplexes.

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