Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Humko Deewana Kar Gaye

Unless the writer-director is hugely imaginative – which Raj Kanwar is not—there can be hardly any variation to the typical Indian love triangle.

Humko Deewana Kar Gaye shot in Canada on pretty locations, moves over well-worn ruts too. Right from the Bebe-puttar kind of stereotyped Punjabi family (what’s Helen doing here?) to the scenes of boy and girl slowly falling love, everything has a déjà vu feel. Then Kanwar has the gumption to lift scenes from Hollywood films—including the famous burning car rescue from Crash.

Aditya (Akshay Kumar) is engaged to Sonia (Bipasha Basu), who is career-oriented, so it makes it easier for him to ditch her later. Jia (Katrina Kaif) is a lonely rich girl, about to get into a marriage of ‘company mergers’ with Karan (Anil Kapoor), who looks and behaves more like a Mafia don than an industrialist.

Both neglected by their respective partners, both away from home in distant Canada, the accidental bumping turns into friendship and then into love. To make it easier for Jia to forget all about her betrothed, Aditya does the usual heroic things like saving her from muggers and winning cross country car races, along with cute stuff like dancing to Shammi Kapoor songs with her. All Karan does is glare menacingly with his stubbled mug (busy businessmen don’t shave or what?). There is no contest really, Aditya is a clear winner, and he does not even have a pang of conscience for dumping Sonia. In Raj Kanwar’s world, women who fly off to Paris for work and dislike howling babies ought to be dumped!

In most love stories of this kind, there is a last minute sorting out of couples, using dogs, pigeons, diaries, eavesdroppers or other deus ex machina, here the inevitable happens a little after the Jia-Karan wedding. Which extends the already overlong (and stuffed with extra songs) film for another 20 minutes, making the restless audience beg for mercy.

Except Yeh dil hua fanaa there is no hummable song in the film. The only point of interest here is the fresh Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif pairing—she has a charming presence, which covers up for lack of acting talent.


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