Dilwale (transl. The big hearted) is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language romantic action comedy film produced by Gauri Khan and directed by Rohit Shetty. The film is distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment. The film’s dialogue was written by Sajid-Farhad and the soundtrack was composed by Pritam. It stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in their seventh film together; Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles.
The film also features Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Varun Sharma, Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi and Sanjay Mishra in prominent roles. Released on 18 December 2015, it marked the last screen appearance of Khanna.
Dilwale is also the highest-grossing film starring Shah Rukh Khan in overseas markets. The song “Gerua” also performed well in the charts. While the film’s domestic box office performance in India was below expectations, it was an overseas success, the sixth-highest-grossing Indian film overseas. On 16 January 2016, the film was nominated for six categories at the 61st Filmfare Awards including Best Actor for Shah Rukh Khan and Best Actress for Kajol.
Present day: One day in Goa, a boy named Veer Bakshi (Varun Dhawan) works as a car modifier with his elder brother Raj Bakshi (Shah Rukh Khan). He meets a passer-by Ishita (Kriti Sanon), a beautiful and educated young girl and befriends her by helping her, damaging the car of his customer in the process. For penance, Raj makes him fix it during which Veer sleeps and awakes to find that the car’s music system has been stolen.
The men of a local gang leader, King (Boman Irani), try to sell drugs at a crab shack. Veer beats them up after they threaten Ishita. They then come back later to exact revenge on Veer, but Raj breaks up the fight. Raj visits him in hospital and learns King’s hideout. He goes there, incapacitates the gang members, and burns their drug stash. Raj, his face shrouded by a hood, tells King’s men his original name, Kaali. The next day, King suspecting Raj as Kaali as he is Veer’s older brother, stops by Raj’s shop to present to assess if Raj is Kaali. Raj appears humble and unthreatening, which leads to King thinking that Raj cannot be the tough Kaali. King makes a deal where Raj will fix all of King’s cars in exchange for King’s protection.
Bulgaria, 2000: Raj accidentally runs over a woman named Meera Dev Malik (Kajol) while in a car chase. When he gets out to help her, the rival gang catches up with him, and he has to leave. After the car crash, Raj reveals that he and Veer are the sons of a mafia boss (don), Randhir Bakshi (Vinod Khanna). After the date with Meera, Raj has to leave the next day, to deliver a shipment for his father. Meera asks to come as it’s her birthday and she wants Raj( Kaali) to spend her birthday with her, but he says it’s too dangerous.
Raj and his team are driving on a roadway when a series of vehicles come out of nowhere. Gun and car fights occur leading to all of Raj’s(Kaali’s) vehicles scattering on the roadway and Raj’s (Kaali’s)car flipping upside down. Out of one of the vehicles a female foot is shown stepping out, who turns out to be Meera. She walks over to Raj(Kaali) with a gun in hand, leans down and tells him she is actually the daughter of the rival gang’s leader, Dev Malik (Kabir Bedi). Meera reveals that she betrayed Raj on Malik’s advice though she is sparing his life, as it’s her birthday.
When they follow each other in their cars, Raj saves Meera from dying promising to kill if he sees her again. She declares her love for him and he forgives her. They make plans to tell their parents about their relationship.
Present day: The film flashes back to Goa, where Veer discovers that his friend, Siddharth Segal aka Sidhu (Varun Sharma), drugged his coffee with sleeping pills and stole the sound system amongst other parts. Veer is upset, but Sidhu explains it is for his girlfriend, Jenny (Chetna Pande). Both agree to help each other secure girlfriends. As a consequence, Veer reveals his feelings to Ishita. Upon finding out about their relationship, Raj wants to meet Ishita’s family. When Raj goes there, he discovers that Ishita is Malik’s younger daughter and Meera’s younger sister.
Bulgaria, 2000: After talks, Malik agrees to meet Randhir, but secretly, Malik plans to kill Randhir. The meeting breaks into a shootout, during which Malik and Randhir shoot each other. Meera finds Raj with the gun, for which she shoots him; however, he survives the gunshot. Meera decides to move far away from Bulgaria and start a new life. Raj must forget as well and moves to start a new life.
Present day: Now in Goa, Veer and Ishita try to figure out why their older siblings dislike each other.
They are told a wildly inaccurate story by Raj’s lieutenants as they scramble to make up a story, taking inspiration from flashes of shows they see on the restaurant TV as a customer flips channels. After this, they come up with several plots to bring Meera and Raj together. Mani (Johnny Lever) steals King’s car and brings it to the shop, where Veer discovers drugs in the back and burns them. King sees them burning something and asks to fix his white car, as he grows increasingly suspicious based on the drunk rantings of Mani. King’s men come to Meera’s house one night, but Raj shows up as Kaali and stops them from causing her any harm. Later in front of the church, King asks Meera about Kaali which she refuses sparing Raj’s life. Meera issues an ultimatum that in order to marry Ishita, Veer must move in with Meera, leaving his brother in the process. As an angered Veer proceeds to storm out, it is revealed to him by Meera that Raj was actually Randhir’s adopted son and is not Veer’s older brother. After a confrontation where Raj reveals that he indeed is not Veer’s full brother, Raj goes and tells Meera the truth, telling him that he didn’t kill her father. Raghav (Nawab Shah), Malik’s right hand, confirms when talking to Meera that Raj indeed did not kill Malik, but that Randhir had shot Malik in return to his bullet. Upon learning this, Meera is distraught with regret and remorse and takes Ishita to Raj’s house, declaring that Veer can take Ishita home after marriage.
At Sidhu and Jenny’s wedding, King shows up and sees a car and confirms that it’s his stolen car after close examination. King starts to cause a disturbance, bringing Mani, Oscar(the bride’s brother) and then Veer out. A fight ensues with Veer holding his own well until one blow sends him falling back and rolling when he stops at Meera’s deer as she walks outside, she calls for Kaali, and Raj comes out and takes out everyone in his path, beating King up. King stands up as Raj walks away to check in on Veer, and seizing the opportunity tries to shoot Raj, but Meera seeing this pushes Raj away, stepping in front of him and is instead shot as she tried to save Raj. Consequentially, King gets beaten by Raj’s men as they rush him after he shoots Meera. Meera survives and both Raj and Meera reunite in a hospital.
Shah Rukh Khan as Raj Bakshi / Kaali / Ramlal: Randhir’s adopted son, Veer’s adoptive brother, Shakti and Anwar’s friend, Meera’s love interest
Kajol as Meera Malik / Pogo: Dev’s daughter, Ishita’s sister, Raj’s love interest
Varun Dhawan as Veer Bakshi: Randhir’s biological son, Raj’s adoptive brother, Sidhu’s friend, Ishita’s love interest
Kriti Sanon as Ishita “Ishu” Malik: Dev’s daughter, Meera’s sister, Veer’s love interest
Boman Irani as King: Local Gang Leader
Johnny Lever as Mani Chabbra: Raj and Veer’s neighbour
Sanjay Mishra as Oscar D’Costa: Jenny’s brother
Varun Sharma as Siddhanth “Sidhu” Saigal: Shakti’s brother, Veer’s friend and buddy, Jenny’s boyfriend
Chetna Pande as Jenny D’Costa: Oscar’s sister, Sidhu’s girlfriend
Mukesh Tiwari as Shakti Saigal: Sidhu’s brother, Raj and Anwar’s friend, Raj’s closest ally
Pankaj Tripathi as Anwar Ansari: Raj and Shakti’s friend, Raj’s closest ally
Vinod Khanna as Randhir Bakshi: Raj’s adoptive father, Veer’s father
Kabir Bedi as Dev Malik: Meera and Ishita’s father
Nawab Shah as Raghav: Dev’s right hand