Directed by Anurag Singh. Starring Shahid Kapur, Rani Mukherjee, Anupam Kher, Poonam Dhillon and Dalip Tahil.

A feel-good film, Dil Bole Hadippa succeeds in its earnest effort to entertain without stooping low. The performances are superb, especially Rani Mukherjee’s. She essays her roles, that of a village belle and of a wannabe sardar cricketer, with much élan. Shahid Kapur looks more like a star with every film. He plays the tough cricketer, who takes a liking to the desi sardarni, with some verve. Kher and Tahil are their efficient and authentic selves.

The love story is quite simple as is the overall theme. The cricketing episodes are quite believable except for the last-ball all-run four!

The Punjab based scenes are well presented and the Punjabi touch is fun. Mukherjee’s Hindi-Punjabi diction strikes a chord too.

Where the film slips up is in its inability to move from the smooth to the exciting, except when the climax arrives. Overall it lacks some zing. Sherlyn Chopra and Rakhi Sawant are better off in E-grade films than in quality fare like this.

All in all its family-fun and you can take your brains along with you to watch it.