Deewane Huye Paagal Film Review (2005)

So a few days back, I went ahead and finally returned two of my Netflix dvds that have been hanging around forever, (I think it was Trimurti and a old Salman Khan film), needless to say, I could not finish them for the life of me…maybe it’s something about Jackie Shroff being a main ‘hero’ character disturbed me…and partially the insane similarities to both Shahruhk’s Karan and Arjun, and Jackie’s Heros. Anyways, it’s been months since I’ve updated my queue, so I was really surprised to see this one at my doorstep. I don’t think I’ve even seen a film with Akshay, and Shahid, I was equally surprised to see Suniel Shetty pop up, along with Johnny Lever and ….

So begins the review: 

Deewane Huye Paagal stars Shahid Kapoor, Rimi Sen, Akshay Kumar, Johnny Lever, Suniel Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, and Om Puri.

The story begins with young Karan, a college student working at the local canteen. When all of a sudden, the narrator interrupts that Karan, like most every other male at City Center College has the hots for sexy Tanya (Rimi Sen), a dancing and singing diva. One of his rivals is the son of a local Don, and is named Sunny.

Sunny’s Uncle is a mad scientist who has discovered the secret to youth, and developed a liquid that makes whoever drinks a drop, twenty years younger. Apparently this crazy uncle locks up the serum and records the combination on a robotic parrot. The uncle dies, as well as his secretary, so the code is lost to all, except to the holder of the parrot, which is now Tanya.

Tanya has no idea she owns the Parrot, but somehow the scientist left it in her car, in a little bag addressed to Karan. Karan, thinking that Tanya would come to his birthday party, discovers that Tanya has fled the country overnight and only finds a gift bag addressed to him instead of Tanya.

Three years later, Karan is still love-sick for Tanya and hires a man to find her whereabouts in Dubai. The detective that Karan hires (played by Akshay Kumar) falls in love with the beautiful Tanya–now known as the new and upcoming singer for T-zones, Natasha. The detective lies to Karan and tries to convince him to return to India, so he can pursue his love. Through thick and thin and with a bit of luck Karan discovers Tanya’s surrounded by a plethora of liars, and tries to make things right for her, while fending off plus five other suitors.

Our rating:  5.5/10

The film was a bit slapstick comedy meets melo-drama. It was mostly a romantic comedy of sorts, and was bundled up with a presentation expected of Bollywood films of the early 2000s.

The plot was a little rushed, and the narration, confusing. To be frank, I feel that their plot execution could have been re-worked and a little less confusing. The songs were few and sparse, with probably the best being the risque little dance by Kumar: “Chakle Chakle.”

Overall, it’s very light, and somewhat similar to a early 90’s Bollywood film mixed with Mujhse Shaadi Karogi film style.

Don’t expect an amazing film film here, but rest assured by knowing there is at least a somewhat coherent plot.

Images credit: screenshots from the actual film.

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