• The snappy back-and-forth between the guy and girl, the large Sardar family and the songs, the train journey (a leitmotif in Imtiaz’s films), remind you strongly of both ‘Hum Tum’, and ‘Jab We Met’. Saif playing the older Veer, in turban and beard and rashes of Punjabi, comes up with a few fresh flourishes; but his Jai is all too familiar.

  • Watch it for Irrfan who gets every shade in, from self-respect to bafflement to misery, in his portrayal of a poor man who’s got too much pride to remember himself to a friend who’s gone so far ahead of him in life’s sweepstakes. And for SRK playing SRK. Just don’t pay too much attention to the film.

  • …you cannot get more self-referential than having your hero say ‘yeh dilwala apni dulhaniya le hi jayega’: that’s seriously scraping the barrel.

    ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ has some sparkling moments, featuring Surinderji Sahni. The rest is done that, seen this. Are there any new ideas left in the Yashraj chest? Now is the time to delve deep.

  • Shootout At Wadala gives us a bunch of gangsters and cops, all trying very hard for coolth. It has action, some of it explosive, but not madly new. What stops it from becoming the film that it could have is an avalanche of dialogue, the sort of smart-alecky lines that sounded so right in the 70s. In 2013, they seem like a tired device to hang an entire film on.

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