The siblings of two estranged lovers fall for each other, unaware of the violent past that drove them apart.


Rohit Shetty


Yunus Sajawal (screenplay), Farhad Samji (dialogue) (as Farhad) | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Raj / Kaali
Kajol ... Meera Malik
Varun Dhawan ... Veer
Kriti Sanon ... Ishita Malik
Boman Irani ... King
Varun Sharma ... Sidhu
Johnny Lever ... Money Bhai
Mukesh Tiwari ... Shakti
Pankaj Tripathi ... Anwar (as Pankaj Tripathy)
Sanjay Mishra ... Oscar Bhai
Chetna Pande ... Jenny
Vinod Khanna ... Randheer Bakshi
Kabir Bedi ... Dev Malik
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naushaad Abbas ... King's Henchman
Kamal Adib Kamal Adib ... Uncle Joe

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Raj is a Mafia member. One day he meets a girl (Meera) while being chased by his rival gang and falls in love with her. Later he finds out that this girl is the daughter of the leader of his rival gang. Yet their love story continues until he was shot by his girlfriend upon a deep misunderstanding. After that incident these two lovers live separate until their siblings fall in love. With this new love story their paths intertwines again.

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Kriti Sanon appeared as the second female lead character in the movie. See more »


After the car flips over, SRK's character Raj/Kaali is suspended upside down in the driver's seat and his face is shown bleeding, yet these injuries defy basic gravity by bleeding up, rather than down. The blood should be shown descending down his face into his hairline, instead of ascending upward toward his neck and body. See more »


Raj: [to Randheer Bakshi] I'm the one who's been betrayed. So I'll do what needs to be done.
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to make cuts to remove moments of strong violence (bloodspurts, and a stabbing) in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


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Dilwale is Rohit Shetty's worst movie. It's painfully fake and hopelessly contrived; an assembly-line piece of garbage that mistakes the audience for a fool.
20 December 2015 | by aakash-vasaSee all my reviews

Here's the thing with Rohit Shetty movies: we know it's going to be the leave-your-brain-behind type. We know it's not going to make any sense. We know the internet trolls and the twitterati are going to bite into the movie even before it releases.

And yet we watch it. For the simple reason that he makes us laugh.

Somewhere in the middle of Chennai Express, the jokes had dried up, the quips and the crisp dialogue had thinned, and the monotony was there to be seen. Singham Returns exposed that even further.

But this one takes the cake.

Dilwale is Rohit Shetty's worst movie. It's painfully fake and hopelessly contrived; an assembly-line piece of garbage that mistakes the audience for a fool.

So we have Shah Rukh Khan playing Kaali (go figure!), a retired son of a mafia boss, who lives with his younger brother Veer (Varun Dhawan) in Goa, the setting of many of Shetty's films. Veer's love interest is Ishita (a lovely Kriti Sanon). And Kaali has a brief, turbulent love-hate past with Meera (Kajol) in Bulgaria, which catches up with him later in his life.

In the midst of all this there are mafia bosses, a local Goan don for the villain, a sidekick (Varun Sharma, aces it) and the usual Rohit Shetty comedians thrown in for good measure.

This is a movie laced with stereotypes. Be it the step brothers with one of them being an orphan, or the painfully obvious plot twists, ones which can be seen from a mile away.

In terms of performances, there's not much to do for Kriti Sanon except for looking really pretty. Varun Dhawan has done this kind of goofy man-child role in Main Tera Hero before; he's pretty much the same here.

Kajol looks simply stunning, she's aged beautifully. Her acting credentials were never in doubt, but she's saddled with such a hopeless role and cringeworthy dialogue.

Shah Rukh sleepwalks through this role, just like he's done in Happy New Year and Chennai Express. He's an absolute bore; his eyes grim and his face stoic.

What is most disappointing is that the hullabaloo surrounding this movie was about the coup that Shetty managed to pull off with SRK and Kajol, unquestionably Bollywood's most chemically potent pair, and yet their chemistry is almost non-existent in Dilwale. Not being able to capitalize on SRK-Kajol's pair just goes to show what a shoddy mess the movie is. Yes, there are the occasional sparks, like the silent nod to the 'palat' scene from DDLJ, but those are few and far between.

Almost all the lines fall flat, which is disappointing, especially coming from dialogue writers like Sajid-Farhad. The scenes look farcical, the acting extremely fake, and the jokes forced. Barely a couple of laughs are generated, mainly due to the ever-reliable Johnny Lever and another Priyadarshanesque montage leading to a hilariously confusing story.

Shetty has always been 'inspired' by various films, as evidenced by the Golmaal series, Bol Bachchan and even Singham. With Dilwale, not only has he taken bits and pieces from trashy potboilers of the 80s, but this time he's gone further and taken a page out of a TV show.

In the middle of the once-amazing CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, protagonist Ted Mosby meets a woman called Stella, and due to shortage of time, he takes her on a two-minute date, an extremely endearing montage, and one of the highlights of the show. Our man Shetty blatantly copies the concept, and it's neither impressive nor heartwarming.

It's a shame to see Rohit Shetty start taking the audience for granted to such an extent. It's even more shameful that Shah Rukh Khan agreed to not only act in this mess, but also produce it. Dilwale is a mistake that will be difficult to erase.

Somewhere in the middle of the movie, Varun Dhawan is proposing to Kriti Sanon. And in a bid to go all out, he plans to do the one thing that simply can't fail in Bollywood - SRK's arms-raised pose.

He prays, 'Bhaiya, sambhaal lena'. Sure, he gets the girl. But not even his bhaiya can save this atrocity of a movie.

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Release Date:

18 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Hearted See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, India See more »


Box Office


INR1,250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,920,402, 20 December 2015

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Dolby Surround 7.1 | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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