Dunki review

THE Overview

The Dunki movie is about a soldier, Hardayal Singh Dhillon (Shah Rukh Khan) who takes up a mission which is very difficult and bold to help his friends achieve their dream of going to England. This seems impossible since they do not have visas or money to buy tickets for the trip. It’s an initiation into life that assures them this journey will change their lives forever.

When Manu (Taapsee Pannu) gets sick and wants to return home. She realizes that Hardayal Singh Dhillon aka Hardy is her only hope of making it back to the country where she had left years ago in search of greener pastures

Twenty five years ago on his way to a remote village called Laltu in Punjab, Hardy was looking for someone who saved his life. But instead he finds some friends such as Manu (Taapsee Pannu), Buggu (Vikram Kochchar) and Balli (Anil Grover). All these people want to go UK because they think that there are more opportunities for them there. The three determined individuals try anything possible including learning wrestling; engaging in fake marriages. And obtaining fake degrees among others hence become victims of fraud at some point along the way. Finally, they take up English lessons with hopes of acquiring student visas. They meet Sukhi (Vicky Kaushal) here whose own reasons drive him crazy for London. “Birmingham here I come” becomes their motto.

However, despite all efforts on getting visa they are being denied one by one things go terribly wrong for them. Broken hearted by this turn of events, Hardy decides he has no option. But create a passage for his newly found friends to reach the foreign lands where they were so eager to reach. They decide to take ‘donkey’ route- an illegal means through which most immigrants make their way across borders. It’s a journey full of tumult with hardships and challenges.

The story of ‘Dunki’ is an emotional one where a mix of friendship, love, sad and happy moments happen simultaneously. Manu and Hardy’s sweet love story unfolds beginning from Laltu to London then back again.. There are also passages filled with situational humor, typical to Hirani style designed to both entertain the viewer while delivering the film’s strong message. Nevertheless, the approach is simplistic on some level while at times it tends to be funny. The expansive narrative (Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, Kanika Dhillon) not only crosses borders and landscapes but also has a 25-year time leap.

‘Dunki’ is a movie about unfulfilled aspirations and reaching out for dreams beyond means and boundaries. The belief that first world countries offer bright future by themselves. And therefore people want to get there by any means possible. “London jana hain, pound mein kamana hai” says Manu at one point.

Across continents in changing landscapes they dodge bullets, risk their lives among other risks just to find out. In the end that their dream destination doesn’t have the shine they thought it did. They were naïve about the reality of being an illegal immigrant that can only live in their dreams. However, as we get prepared for some really tear jerking scenes. Because there are several emotional wallops put into this screen play. Also there are moments when it seems like meandering; perhaps too many holes considering even its old-world charm may not impress everyone all through.

Riding on a great wave of expectation after two back-to-back blockbusters Pathaan and Jawan, Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Dunki’ is finally out. Rajkumar Hirani and Khan team up in this film for the first time. After his first two films in action hero mode earlier this year, Hirani steps out with “Dunki,”. Where we get a full-bodied Shah Rukh Khan – charming, romantic, funny and still capable of pulling off some mean action sequences. There are meta references and a hat-tip to some of Khan’s iconic cinematic moments.

Shah Rukh Khan as the younger dashing Harday is absolutely breathtaking; he sweeps you off your feet without any effort with just how charismatic he is. And as the salt-and-pepper Hardayal 25 years later, he is just lovely. Vicky Kaushal in a special appearance impresses as Sukhi. Who has to hold on to raw emotions needed by his character all through his performance. Taapsee Pannu shines with her spirited acting. Both Anil Grover and Vikram Kochchar also gave excellent performances.

The cinematography (Muraleedharan C.K., Manush Nandan, Amit Roy) and background music are top notch. It is difficult not to rank Pritam’s score for “Dunki” above others when it comes to matching every mood; probably that makes him the best Hindi film music composer of 2012. Whether it’s the naughtiness and cuteness of “Lutt Putt Gaya” (Arijit Singh, Swanand Kirkire, IP Singh), the introspective Nikle The Kabhi (Sonu Nigam, Javed Akhtar), the deeply romantic Oh Maahi (Arijit Singh, Irshad Kamil) or the catchy Banda (Diljit Dosanjh,Amitabh Bhattacharya) or the powerful numbers Main tera rasta dekhunga (Shadab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Amitabh Bhattacharya) and Chal Ve Watna (Javed Ali, Varun Grover), it is a soundtrack that lingers on.

In conclusion ‘Dunki’ is an all-rounder that is uplifting, socially relevant, romantic and about returning to one’s roots.

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