Deewane Huye Paagal
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Producer: Firoz Nadiadwala
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Shahid Kapoor, Rimmi Sen, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal
Music: Anu Malik
From the makers of Hera Pheri, Awara Paagal Deewana and Aan - Men At Work, Deewane Hue Pagal ia a complete let down. The film is everything but an entertainment film. There is absolutely no story, no logic, no fun - the jokes are stale and dont make you laugh at all. By interval you are completely bored and towards the end of the film you feel like tearing your hair in despair hoping that the film will come to an end and you will be out of this terrible nightmare.
Deewane Huye Paagal is the story of geeky Karan (Shahid Kapoor), who secretly lusts after Tanya (Rimi Sen). Whilst their love story is beginning, Tanya witnesses a murder and quickly migrates to Dubai to start life again with a new identity, leaving Karan clueless about her whereabouts. Three years later, Karan finds a clue about Tanya's new location and hires Rocky (Akshay Kumar) to trace the girl. Although Rocky wastes no time in finding Tanya, he happens to fall in love with the beautiful girl ? coming between Karan and his true love. In fact, it seems Tanya is attracting every male in the vicinity ? even a couple of disabled guys (Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal) are head over heels in love with her! With so many guys trying to win the heart of one girl, things get very complicated, very fast! Which one will Tanya choose? And what happens when the murderer she is avoiding lands in Dubai to finish her off?
Deewane Hue Pagal is heavily inspired by Hollywood smash-hit 'There's Something About Mary'. Infact some of the scenes are exact copies (the plagiarism does not stop there either, even Kevin Lyttle song 'Turn Me On' is lifted in the movie, but that's another story!). Despite copying the Hollywood film, what the director forgot failed to do is copy the scene that were funny and enjoyable. What was done in the film was that the scenes that were not so funny were copied in toto adding to the misery of the audience. Even if you leave your brains at home, yet there has to be some logic to the film that will make it interesting. This film is completely devoid of logic and sensibility. First half drags on with all men trying to woo Rimmi Sen. Second half makes you hope that you stayed at home watching television. There are a few jokes that make you laugh, the rest are as old as the hills.
Performance-wise Shahid Kapur looks cute and is okay. He doesn't get much scope. Akshay Kumar is loud and over acts a lot. Rimmi Sen looks ok and does a good job. However she lacks in sex appeal and should seriously do something about her styling. Paresh Rawal is wasted. Sunil Shetty gives a good performances. Johnny Level is good. Vijay Raaz is truly funny as Akshay's sidekick. Music is a complete letdown too. Anu Malik seriously should quit lifting songs from the west.
Overall, Deewane Hue Pagal fails to entertain and make the audience laugh.