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Dil Sala Sanki review: Triangular love story gone horribly wrong

Release Date: 23 Sep 2016 / Rated: U/A / 01hr 50min

Keyur Seta

The film is strikingly similar to last year's multi-starrer flop, Tevar.

Film: Dil Sala Sanki (U/A)
Rating: 1.5/5

Imagine a story about a hero, heroine and villain. How many films can you recall? The number must be in the hundreds, if not in thousands. And what happens when such an age-old story is narrated in a poor manner? Well, debutant director Sushikailash’s Dil Sala Sanki tries to find out.

The film is based in a small town in Uttar Pradesh. Badal (Yogesh Kumar) is a huge 'fan' of politician-cum-mafioso Bachcha Babu (Jimmy Shergill). On growing up, he joins Bachcha Babu's gang after impressing the honcho. While working for his idol, Badal falls for the beautiful Megha (Madalsa Sharma), whose family has just shifted to the town. He gets the shock of his life when he realises that Bachcha is also deeply in love with her. Will Badal sacrifice his love for his demigod?

Boney Kapoor’s Tevar (2015), which starred Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, was the official remake of the Telugu hit Okkadu (2003). Dil Sala Sanki is like an unofficial remake of the 2015 movie, not only in terms of the storyline but also the three lead characters. The Sushikailash-directed film doesn’t match up to Tevar. The problem here is that the Kapoor-starrer didn’t turn out to be a good film by any means.

But even if you leave aside the similarities with any earlier film, Dil Sala Sanki doesn’t impress by any means. The narration lacks conviction of any sort. For instance, watching the lead actress get drenched in rain for a few seconds, on two different occasions, makes both men fall for her to such an extent that they instantly decide to marry her. Obviously, it really doesn’t matter whether the woman likes either of them, leave alone having any feelings for them.

The list is long. What works further against the film is that it is not the type that induces unintentional laughter, except during a scene in the climax. It’s a sequence in which a character gets burnt alive. One can easily see a body double wearing a fire suit. And the shot goes on for more than 30 seconds. Maybe it’s a creative way of warning, “Don’t try this at home.” After all, those disclaimers and statutory warnings on the screen are so distracting. 

Shergill is the only positive in this painful saga. Though he is nowhere near his best, his act is still good enough to make the proceedings bearable. Debutant Kumar does possess talent. Maybe with a better script and director, he could be more impressive. Sharma struggles, more so due to her character being so shallow. It is surprising to see some publications mentioning this film as her debut when she had appeared in Samrat & Co (2014) by Rajshri. Shakti Kapoor and Avatar Gill are average. In a cameo, Hrishita Bhatt goes unnoticed. 

On the whole, Dil Sala Sanki is one of those films made just for the heck of it. 

Director: Sushikailash 
Producers: SK Pictures
Writers: Rajan Agarwal, Adesh K Arjun and Rajeev Agarwal 
Cast: Yogesh Kumar, Jimmy Shergill, Madalsa Sharma
Music: Pramod Panth
Genre: Action
Runtime: 130 minutes