No spoilers! Unless you count generalized comments about narrative structure as spoilers. If you are that one person who goes to a movie thinking “oo, oo! I wonder if it will have multiple storylines with subsets of character types, or all be one cohesive plot!”, then don’t read this.
So, having now seen it twice, in theaters, I think I figured out how it was put together. So, back in like June, Shahrukh announces he and Kajol are going to be releasing a movie with Rohit Shetty at Christmas. And then poor Rohit Shetty had to actually figure out a way to write a script, film a movie, promote it, edit it, and release it in 6 months.
He could take the schedules Kajol and Shahrukh could give, enough to film maybe a 90 minute movie, and make a really really short, but also really pretty good film.
Or he could have said “No! I can’t make a movie in 5 months, that’s INSANE!!!! I’m changing the release schedule, bumping it to next year, and making a good 2 hour plus film with a full plot!”
But instead, he chose the 3rd option, saying “well, I’ll make that 90 minute love story film, and then over here, I’ll make another 90 minute film with a bunch of comedians who basically just show up and riff off each other in funky costumes. And then I will take a week before the scheduled release and real quick just violently shove them together!”
So, I’m still going to highly recommend Dilwale (if nothing else, a vote for Dilwale is a vote for free speech!), but I want to clarify that I am recommending it for the 90 minute action-love story movie buried within it, not that other movie that is weirdly slapped on top.