Can the love of a good woman reform a hitman? That is the central and exceedingly predictable premise of Bollywood’s latest slice of escapist entertainment.
Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar) are the adopted sons of ruthless gangster Bhaiyya (Govinda), under whose eye they perform various bloody executions in Delhi. When Dev meets gorgeous Disha (Parineeti Chopra) in a nightclub, they fall head over heels. Hitman Dev decides to atone for his sins by becoming an honest hardworking insurance salesman. Trouble is his nemesis Bhaiyya will not let him leave the killing business so easily.
As big Bollywood masala movies go, there is much to enjoy in this vibrant action romcom. The solid performances of the lead actors ground the fantasy, while there are lots of elaborate set-pieces and witty one-liners to sustain interest. Lovers of lavish song and dance sequences are in for a treat: this relatively short film is stuffed with catchy colourful and at times sexy numbers that show Bollywood camp excess at its best. Borrowing its plot and visual style from various sources, this handsome film loses fizz by the end but by then your ‘dil’ (heart) will be warmed by these good-natured guys. Forgettable but boisterous and breezy fun.