Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Cast: Armaan Jain  (Dinesh “Dino” Nigam), Deeksha Seth (Karishma Sethi), Sudeep Sahir (Dev, Dino’s elder brother), Rohini Hattangadi (Judge), Varun Badola (Dino’s relative), Gautami Kapoor (Psychiatrist), Nishikant Dixit, Nikita Dutta, Akhil Iyer, Kumud Mishra (Dino’s father), Rahul Dev Shetty, Anita Kulkarni, Rinku Karmakar, Prabuddha Dayama, Darius Shroff, Jaywant Wadkar, Shravan Mehta, Zuber K Khan
Genre: Romance
Direction: Arif Ali
Production: Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan, Eros International, Maddock Films, Illuminati Films
Written by: Arif Ali
Music: AR Rahman
Cinematography: Laxman Utekar
Editor: Shan Mohammed
Release Date: 4th July, 2014
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, a film by Arif Ali (Imtiaaz Ali’s brother), turns out to be a juvenile movie. Movies viz. Bobby, Love Story, Betaab, Kayamat se Kayamat Taq, Saathiyan and many more in the yesteryears had the concept of elopement and getting married but were so sensibly handled that these movies turned out to be the blockbusters. Lekar Hum Deewana Dil fails to touch your heart with childish scenes. It has no elements of Romance. Rather, for major parts of the movie, the protagonists are shown to be fighting in a silly manner. Probably the director’s attempt was to show that in love also, one has to be logical and practical. Arif also wanted to discuss whether the love can survive the challenges and the hard-core reality of life. Definitely, the movie could have been another great romantic movie, but somewhere the script, actors, performances …everything falls apart. I just wish, the movie was given a different and treatment so as to make this movie a good one to watch.

The movie begins with Rahman’s Khaleefa song as part of wedding celebration of “K” aka Karishma Sethi (debutant Deekhsa Seth). Dino aka Dinesh Nigam (Armaan Jain, another debutant and the latest entry from Kapoor clan) is there in the wedding house to elope with Karishma. Dino helps Karishma to elope with him and he is happy that he could save his good friend from an arranged marriage and Karishma is happy to get the support of Dino to escape from parental pressure of marriage. Both of them figure out, while they are drunk, that they are very good friends and so only perfect for each other. They feel that their match is decided in heaven and they decide to tie knot with each other. Dino and Karishma assumed that they would be able to retain their happiness forever and their lives would be rollercoaster for them, but they were far away from the reality.

They had to run from one location to another, Mumbai to Goa to Nagpur to Raipur to save themselves from being caught. Ultimately they land up amongst Maoists in Dantwada. Blame-game begins between the two, when the harsh realities hit them.

What happens thereafter? Do their families accept them back? Do they realize that they are happy together? How do the events unfold? Everything is very much predictable.

The dialogues are very very mediocre. There is no warmth in the dialogues. Forced acronyms viz. atah.com (Apni Taqdeer Apne Haath), DMC (Dekho Magar Chuo Mat), Blunder.com (for some unexpected bad situations), AP (Aagyakari Putra) are used which does not seem to be funny at all.

Let us not judge Armaan and Deeksha and write them off. Armaan takes efforts to be cool and Deeksha tries to look spontaneous / chirpy. But the plot, dialogues, music, dance moves…nothing has worked in their favour. Dev, elder brother of Dino (Sudeep Sahir) is noticeable. Rohini Hattangidi as judge and Gautami Kapoor as psychiatrist have justified their characters, rest of the cast is almost forgettable.   

AR Rahman’s music fails to create any impact. An item song (rather a cabaret number) in Maoist camp seems so unreal and leaves you disgruntled.

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is a disappointing story of ‘Glorified Elopement’ followed by separation and reconciliation. It won’t touch your hearts for sure.  

Rating: 1.75 / 5 (Below Average)