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“Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Dunki’ offers a mix of delight and drag in this dramatic tale.”

“Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Dunki’ offers a mix of delight and drag in this dramatic tale.”

Early in Dunki, a simplistic but endearing perspective on poor illegal immigrants from Punjab who make perilous voyages in quest of brighter pastures, a group of aspirants succeed in passing the English test. They memorize a paragraph and decide to recite it to the examiners by just altering the topic name.

The extended scenario with diminishing returns becomes a symbol for the sameness that surrounds Rajkumar Hirani’s storytelling inadvertently. He has engaged the audience with nearly the same tale framework over the years, but he has always managed to endow it with a beating heart and a smiling smile.

The aim and social concern in Dunki, Hirani’s first and long-awaited collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan, is again praiseworthy, but the story-line becomes simple and labored after a point, largely because Hirani is unwilling to experiment with innovative ways to convey his message. The spontaneity that we associate with his work is terribly lacking.

DUNKI HINDI MOVIE

Dunki, set in a tiny hamlet in Punjab, uses flashback to convey the story of four persons with little means who wish to travel to London to overcome their life issues. Hardy (Shah Rukh), an ex-armyman, enters their lives just as they are about to quit up, to make their goal a reality by taking a roundabout, illegal route. Along the way, he develops feelings for Manu (Taapsee Pannu), only to discover that her desire to cross into a distant place outweighs her love for the guy who gave her the belief.

So, while the goal and social concern in ‘Dunki,’ Rajkumar Hirani’s first and long-awaited collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan, are admirable, the storytelling becomes simple and labored after a while.up to you  whether watch or not this movie.Having said that, Hirani’s emphasis on how immigration regulations are skewed against the poor hits a chord, and his talent for infusing social criticism into the screenplay is evident. The remark about one of the candidates’ trousers-wearing mother reveals the underlying patriarchy in mofussil India, where the son is humiliated that his mother works as a security guard.

Once the dust settles, it’s very clear where the film is going. The story sags in the middle overs. Things improve in the second half, when the film finally moves away from the comic set pieces, the majority of which are shown in the trailer, to express the greater message of illegal migration. However, after a couple of stunning passages, it appears that the writers are straining to bring the picture to a satisfying end. The musical tapestry, especially the interaction between Javed Akhtar and Sonu Nigam in ‘Nikle The Kabhi Hum Ghar Se’ and Varun Grover and Javed Ali in ‘Chal Ve Vatna,’ brings chills.

Overall, not Hirani’s best work, but Dunki has just enough to make you chuckle and churn.

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