Debutant director Anil Senior’s story though ripped off from a Hollywood flick is a novel idea for Bollywood. Taking cameras straight into the bedrooms, two couples discuss whether or not they’ve hit the slump, satisfy their spouse, are still attractive, and other questions plaguing the not-so-newly weds. But though the questions are honestly asked, the answers somehow don’t give a coherent picture, relying instead on what the script demands- a confusing tale of two confused couples.
Samit (Irfan Khan) and Mita (Soha Ali) hit monotony in their marriage. While they can’t seem to sort out their issues, their concerns spark off a debate between their best friends (Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen), who are simultaneously checking the prospects of their own relationship. The sexual and emotional compatibility strain gets the better of all characters who are looking out for a way of escape, proving, without doubt, that the grass is greener than you think when it’s not your lawn.
Dil Kabaddi holds your attention for most of the time. Irfan’s character as a frustrated, lust-driven husband is comical and engaging, a complete contrast to his theatre-loving, arty wife, who shows more interest in palette shades for the apartment than in her husband. Konkona Sen radiates as the sweet insecure wife of a professor who tries to get back to his ‘wild days’ by trying to court his 20-something students. Other characters (Rahul Khanna, Saba Azad and Payal Rohatgi) bounce in and out of scenes, adding the necessary angle to the plot.
To sum it, Dil Kabaddi’s script is pretty loose for its topic. But the fine performances of the cast not only cover but totally redeem it of any deficiency.