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Review: Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji

Dil Toh Bachcha Hai JiAfter repeatedly attempting realistic portrayals, Madhur Bhandarkar tries his hand at comedy. However, the moral of 'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji' is - when in love, men are emotional fools and women are manipulative. Bhandarkar's weakness remains the same -blatant stereotyping, the fact that the graph of all the three stories follows the same trajectory just shows lack of imagination.

Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgn) is going through a divorce and falls for a young intern, June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee). Pinto seems quite interested in her new boss but Naren decides to wait till his divorce is through to broach the topic with her. But he might just be a little late in disclosing his true feelings.

Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya) works for a marriage bureau and romantic poetry is his passion. He falls for a radio jockey, Gungun (Shradha Das) who is an aspiring actress. She uses Milind to bail her out when she needs a script for her radio show after a late night party and sometimes to fund her social networking outings.

Abhay (Emraan Hashmi) is a fitness trainer but loses his job when he flirts with an underworld don's wife. Jobless and homeless, he decides to become a socialite wife's toy boy to finance his flamboyant lifestyle. The convenient set-up becomes a problem when he falls for her daughter.

The first half of the film looks promising and does have some genuinely funny moments but it drags on for too long without much development. The second half is the real let down with much less fun and the outcome becomes repetitively predictable.

The three male protagonists approach their brief with complete sincerity but even that is sadly not enough to hook the audience. Bhandarkar tries to trivialize the whole notion of love but the plot lacks humour and punch that a story like this needs. The end-result is a half-baked comedy that has potential but suffers on account of sloppy writing and Bhandarkar's tendency to stereotype his subjects.