What is love? How is it defined? Want filmy answers? Deewane should
be your best bet then. This film, a take off on any number of Madhuri Dixit
superhits, especially Dil To Pagal Hai, Ham Apke Hain Kaun and
Saajan, will tell you that the person with whom you dance the tackiest
bare-dare sexy numbers that leave precious little to imagination, should be
your life partner.
The story proves that knotty is the lovers' path when naughty are the lovers'
ways. The film deals with a case of mistaken identity. Ajay Devgan, whose father,
as is the case in Hindi films, was killed by goondas, sees rowdy-sheeters everywhere,
and as a result is a much wanted police officer, both for the department and
for the mischief-mongers. His childhood sweetheart Goodiya (Urmila Matondkar)
dotes on him. Life is all hunky-dory. He goes to Simla for a conference where
he catches a thief who, as it can happen only in Bollywood, is his exact look-alike.
He returns to Bombay, and while he is telling the Police Commissioner about
this chance encounter, he is shot by the criminals and goes in to a deep coma.
Being the great police officer that he is, mayhem is let loose in Mumbai. To
check that, the Police Commissioner thinks of a plan that could shame Sidney
Sheldon. The thief, loved by a small time singer whose devotion he does not
understand, is brought to the city to fob off the baddies. Voila! There,
in his avatar as the honest police officer, he meets his Sapna, that is the
honest chap's Gudiya. Though she is supposed to be madly idolizing the
honest chappy, she apparently cannot make out intuitively that all is not well
on the love front.
Ajay, the police officer, soon gets well. His sharp eyes can see that something
is missing. Both do a Devdas in their own ways, both continue with the impersonation
to get to know whom she loves and whom she does not. A knotty problem indeed,
more complicated than the traditional love knot. So finally who gets whom? Who
performs the sacrifice so essential to Hindi films? What happens to Mahima Choudhary?
And why are chachas such a curse? Watch Deewane to get your answers.
And you might actually enjoy the way the film unravels the knots, because the
songs are good, the narration is brisk enough to hold your attention, the comedy
is enjoyable, the locales are lovely, and the acting is tolerable.
In short, the film is sure to have a good run. Be sure, though, that all this
gloss, with no substance whatsoever, does not blind you to the way girls are
depicted. To begin with, the heroine in this film can easily overshadow the
baddies' vamp, who is less skimpily dressed and whose contribution to the fun
is crazy one-liners. Our heroine can shame Helen when it comes to come-hither
dances. Moreover, she confirms the status-quoist hardline that girls,
brought up supposedly on a sta(p)le diet of Mills-n-Boons, may be winners in
the real world, but in the reel world, they sadly lack any emotional intelligence.
In brief, escapist fare requires Eve-ly scapegoats!