Rishi (Rahul Bose) and Simi (Konkona Sen Sharma) are married to each other. Samit (Irrfan Khan) and Mita (Soha Ali Khan) decides to split after two years of marriage. Rishi and Simi are upset that their best buddies are breaking up. Samit goes along with his sexy aerobic instructor. Mita being a sensitive lady finds it difficult to bond with any other guy because she still longs for Samit. The rest of the story is all about the rapid changes taking place in the lives of these two couples.
This film belongs to the actors. Irrfan Khan steals the show with his impeccable timing in comedy. You would see Konkona Sen Sharma in a different light all together. She is fabulous. So is Soha Ali Khan. Rahul Bose is good as the professor who falls for his student. Saba is convincing as the student. The tonsured guy who did the role of Rajat is extremely good.
Story - screenplay - direction: Story, screenplay and narrative structure of this film is heavily inspired by Woody Allen’s ‘Husbands and Wives (1992)’. Like all Woody Allen films, this one too is a conversational film. Since it is an inspirational stuff, the director Anil Senior does not get much credit for his work. However, he should be appreciated for getting the soul right. This film is a pretty good entertainer if you did not watch the original. The following scenes are hilarious -
1. Irrfan ending up doing Shirshasan after going to his lady secretary’s house.
2. Irrfan conversation with salesgirl about lingerie.
3. The scene in which Rahul Bose discusses about his size hurting Konkana.
4. The scene in which Irrfan returns to the house of Soha to make-up.
Other technical departments: Dialogues in the film are witty. Background score and rerecording of the film is excellent. Cinematography is superb couple with slick DI (color grading). Editing is alright.
Analysis: The plus points of the film are excellent performance by the lead actors and the niche script. The negative point is that it is a blatant copy of Woody Allen’s flick. Dil Kabaddi is a conversational film with adult content. You would thoroughly enjoy it if you hadn’t watched ‘Husbands and Wives’. It will be a decent film for multiplexes.
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