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Detective Dullard

Saturday, November 03, 2018
By Deepa Gahlot

Jack And Dil
Sachin P. Karande
Cast: Arbaaz Khan, Amit Sadh, Sonal Chauhan and others
Rating: * 1/2

There was that magical Carol Reed film, 'Follow Me' (1972), in which Topol was hired by the wealthy businessman, Michael Jayston, to follow his wife, Mia Farrow, who, he suspects is cheating on him. She becomes aware of the detective following her, and leads him through a fun chase, bringing to her life the romance and adventure lacking in her marriage.

'Jack And Dil' (somebody thought it was a clever title) has an “unemployed by choice” Jack (Amit Sadh), who lives in a trendily messy Goa pad, and is obsessed with detective stories. He is struggling to write one, but is getting nowhere. He “falls in love at first sight” with a Pug on TV and wants one for himself. Rich guy, no-first-name Walia (Arbaaz Khan) has one to sell for a lakh, which Jack does not have. So Walia strikes a deal. If Jack follows his wife Shilpa (Sonal Chauhan) and produces proof of her infidelity, he will give the amateur detective the money.

Shilpa spots Jack in no time, and he starts hanging out with her, to save time and effort, realising that she is lonely, because Walia is too busy making strange deals with a Japanese team. He no longer does the “idiotic” things he used to when they were dating, so she spends her time painting or wandering around scenic Goa. Jack, who has broken up with his girlfriend, model Lara (Evelyn Sharma), is attracted to Shilpa, but prods Walia into wooing his wife again.

Since Sachin P. Karande was borrowing the idea anyway, why not take the best of the Peter Shaffer script, instead of mangling it beyond recognition? Not one of the actors has the charm or talent to make this romcom work. The little Pug is adorable, but not worth the price of a ticket.

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