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Deewane Huye Paagal September 6, 2006

Posted by Sai in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.

This movie is inspired from There’s Something About Mary which is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen. However, this one isn’t nearly as good (actually it doesn’t even come anywhere close). There is no scope for the raunchy humor from that movie, so there are less gags here and they are not very funny. There are more characters after the girl here. Some of the new additions generate humor while others do not. The villains added to the movie to allow for some action (most probably at producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s behest) add unbearable content to the movie that takes up a lot of screen time too. We have already seen the flying motorcycle routine in Awara Paagal Deewana, so there’s no freshness to that even as camp.

Vivek Oberoi (who hasn’t really been able to repeat his excellent work in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company) is terribly irritating as the narrator who keeps popping up from time to time (compare this to the idea of the singers who periodically sing about Mary that was highly likeable in the original). Anu Malik was originally supposed to do this job (imagine that!). Shahid Kapoor really got onto my nerves as the film progressed. The characterization is more to blame than his performance (which is nothing to rave about anyway except for his dancing). Paresh Rawal as always is dependable and so is Akshay Kumar. Sunil Shetty and Rimmi Sen are decent. Vikram Bhatt (who has never really impressed me) directs this one with what seems to be a lot of interference from Firoz Nadiadwala (Yes! The belly dancers show up in this one too). On its own, this is an average comedy that does not generate enough laughs considering its screen time. As a remake of There’s Something About Mary, this is horrible. You may find this funny if you haven’t seen the original. Awara Paagal Deewana (from the same team) was far better (humor + camp). Among the recent comedies, I would recommend Priyadarshan’s Garam Masala or Malamaal Weekly over this one.



1. Shujath - September 6, 2006

I’ve just seen bits of it here and there and found them pretty humorless…..and I too cannot tolerate those flying motorcycle stuff which Firoz Nadiadwala is crazy about. BTW, this was the final part Shahid Kapur’s flop trilogy (after Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi and Shikhar) which came out in consecutive weeks.

Skip this and watch the original Mary by the Farrelly brothers.

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