Dil Toh Bacha Hai Ji is a most recent (2011) Hindi romantic comedy film directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. It is a simple story of three men, living different lifestyles, each looking for love and happiness in his own way. The cast comprises Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shruti Hassan, Tisca Chopra and Shraddha Das.

This film has absolutely nothing to do with the weather and so does not qualify for a review in this blog under the series “Filmy Weather”. The only reason why it is featured here is that one of three main characters, played by Omi Vaidya, has the name (Milind) Kelkar, my namesake.

This is the first time that I have come across a character in a Hindi movie with my name, or surname to be precise. This I thought was a rarest of rare cases and it deserved a mention in my blog. Kelkars have traditionally been intellectuals and teachers. Although they have now diversified into other professions, one or two Kelkars can still be found as teachers in any school or college in Maharashtra. Generally, Kelkars speak shuddha Marathi, and tend to speak English or Hindi in a similar style. Their sentences are grammatically correct, every syllable is given an equal stress, and there is no modulation in the voice across the sentence. Even when they are not speaking in their mother tongue, it sounds as if they are mentally translating from it.

In the film DTBHJ, Milind Kelkar has obviously to speak Hindi, but he has some English and occasionally Marathi dialogues. But the viewer cannot easily identify him with a traditional Kelkar. Milind works in a matrimonial firm, composes poetry, and is willing to spend lavishly on his girl friend. He speaks Hindi in a somewhat foreign accent, and Marathi as a non-Marathi person would try to speak. Marathi does not come naturally to this character as one would expect. However, this is understandable as the actor Omi Vaidya has in fact been brought up in the US and lives there. We have seen him before as Chatur Ramalingam in the Aamir Khan Hindi film, “3 Idiots”.

DTBHJ is an entertaining film with some lively music and it is certainly worth watching.

– R R Kelkar

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