I’ve been taking a long break from this, partly because Fan came out and it was time to move on to other things, partly because the streaming version I bought on Amazon didn’t have the next scene included. But now I am back! By popular demand, and also because there is another movie with Shahrukh (not a “Shahrukh movie”, but at least he’s in it for a bit) coming out in a few months.
(part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, part 6 here, part 7 here, part 8 here, part 9 here, part 10 here, part 11 here, part 12 here, part 13 here, part 14 here, part 15 here, part 16 here)
I’ve seen Sultan twice now, and looking at a possible 3rd time sometime this week, but for those of you who can’t see it, or can only see it once, or saw it and are trying to remember everything that happened, I am going to try my best to remember everything I saw and write it all down for you.
I posted the first half, up to intermission, already. The second half is a little harder for me to remember in detail, some pieces kind of blurred together, or were purposefully repetitive. But I will do the best I can. And if I missed something important or put it in the wrong order, say something in the comments.
So, I did part 1 yesterday, and boy was that cathartic! I thought I would hate spending so much time with a movie I disliked, turns out I was able to get all the venom out of my system. Well, most of it, there are still 2 parts to go. So really, just a 3rd of the venom. If you also feel venomous towards this film, or if you really really loved it and want to know why I didn’t, read on! If you loved it and don’t want it ruined, don’t! I am quite nasty.
So, I have a strange ability to remember every detail of a movie after I have seen it once. And I’ve seen Dilwale 4 times (so far). So I am sharing my gift with the world, and going through the WHOLE THING in exhaustive detail for anyone who cannot see it in theaters for any reason. But if you can see it in theaters, don’t read this! Or at least, don’t read it until you’ve already seen it once! Or, read it and then see it anyway! It’s a good movie, and if you watch it in theaters with a full audience, it can become a great movie!
So, I left off at the song, right? So, song ends, and Varun gets a bucket of water in his face. Because he was sleeping leaning against the car in the garage instead of working or even being awake to prevent the theft of a car radio! Shahrukh chides him gently, Varun is very apologetic, but again, not that scared. (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, part 6 here, and part 7 here)
And then cut to the first comedy sequence! Oh boy! In one of my earlier reviews I mentioned how these feel like a whole different movie that had been forced on to the original, better, film. And I am standing by that!
Anyway, here we are in another garage with even more eccentric decorating (a bedazzled skull phone, for instance). And here is Sanjay Mishra, with unusual hair and an American pop culture t-shirt (I don’t remember what it is in this scene, but I know later it is a very accurate picture of Heath Ledger’s version of the joker. That kind of thing). And here is Sidhu! Varun’s best friend/honorary brother! He is also the thief that is tormenting their garage!
He and Sanjay Mishra (character name, Oscar Bhai. Ooo, Christian! We really are in Goa!) have a conversation about how much money he will pay for the car radio. I am briefly interested in his comic dialogue stylings. He uses the sort of rhyming, alliterative style of talk that is part of classical Indian poetry. Think Jackie Shroff in SLB’s Devdas. And the last two words of every line are a matching pair of brand names, like “nokia-blackberry.” So it is kind of a cool combination of classical Indian literature rules, and modern India’s brand obsession. But after about 2 minutes, the novelty wears off and I am done with this character.
So, I’ve been trying and trying to avoid spoilers, or warn people off spoilers, but turns out, you all want spoilers! My spoiler-full posts are getting a lot more readers than my spoiler-free posts. So I will bow to the wishes of the majority and proceed to spoil the WHOLE THING. If you want to know, in analytical and descriptive detail, every single thing about Dilwale (up to the first song, at least, the rest to be posted as time allows), continue reading below! (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, part 6 here, and part 7 here)