Cricket, like Bollywood, is an addiction for a wide majority of Indians. Dil Bole Hadippa tries to capture the spirit of the game and the aspirations of a sportsperson, who's keen to play for her pind. On paper, the concept, which bears an uncanny resemblance to She's the Man, sounds interesting, but the problem is its writing, which is tame and mediocre.
Let's elaborate. The plusses, first...
It's mandatory for cricket-based films like Lagaan and Victory, which conclude with a cricket match, to have a thrilling finish. Dil Bole Hadippa too has a awe-inspiring end. Also, the story of an ordinary girl who aspires to play cricket for the national team is motivating, with Rani Mukherjee handling her part with complete understanding.
But there's a flipside too. The romantic moments between Rani and Shahid Kapoor lack fizz. Even the assorted characters in the film, like Sherlyn Chopra, Vrajesh Hirjee and Rakhi Sawant, contribute nothing to the film. They're mere props.