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Direction is quite good, Music by Ismail Darbar is hardly impactful, considering the film is based on music there could be better songs, also their placement ruins the impact
Ajay Devgan in his first negative role, does a superb job in a complex role, he is simply brilliant in this film and also won several awards for his work, he kept doing several negative roles like Khakee,Shikhar.etc Akshaye Khanna except his bad wig, does a superb job in a complex role, those days Akshaye's career was on a high after DCH and Humraaz he does a superb job as the lawyer and also won a nomination for best actor.I wish his career could go on the same length sadly he signed bad films. urmila Matondkar gets less to do and she is alright except in scenes of anxiety she tends to overdo Vijayendra Ghatge is good in a small role, Farida Jalal, Tiku Talsania are typical, Tanaaz Currim is alright, rest are okay
First of all, let's start with the actors. Although Ajay is no Edward Norton, he was simply brilliant switching between sweet, charming Tarang and his wicked alter ego Ranjit. His facial expressions actually nicely displayed his inner feelings. He loves the girl. He wants to marry the girl. And in his deluded head she loves and wants to marry him. So he is willing to do anything to protect that. Ofcourse sane people wouldn't take anything as far as he does, cos as the movie progresses the body count rises. And what about Akshaye... he's actually quite good, but unfortunately indulges in sulking and overacting which is a real shame. But not all is his fault, because Ajay has a way of stealing every scene they are in together. On a personal note, I liked Akshaye better in Dil Chahta Hai playing the sensitive artsy guy. And finally the leading lady Urmila who has no charisma whatsoever. How two guys end up trying to kill eachother over her is beyond me. She can't do scared out of her wits, she can't do shocked and she can't do empowered woman. She should take a page out of Neve Campbell's Scream days and learn to kick butt.
Just like most Bollywood movies this one had scenes so inconsistent and illogical I wanted to dive into the tv and whack someone. The worst scene was however the looney bin. *SPOILER* Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't psychiatrists trained professionals with experience in dealing with schizophrenic psycho's? So, how on earth does Tarang manage to convince them that he didn't attack his lawyer, but that his lawyer injured himself? Granted, he was telling the truth. But as a psychiatrist treating a murderer, I think I would give the lawyer the benefit of the doubt instead of swallowing some sob story by the psycho like a caramel cake. And I surely wouldn't be ready to let the patient leave having seen him headlock the lawyer. The second worst scene involves fifty policemen failing to catch the psycho who manages to flee them, knock out a driver, change into his clothes and get behind the wheel of a car in the span of three minutes. Give me a break!!! I could go on, but I'll run out of space.
But it's not all bad. Because, let's face it, it's not like Hollywood thrillers are always that consistent and logical. And many times I have found myself calling Hollywood actors and actresses stupid dizzy cows. So, all in all, Deewangee is OK and it is made better by Ajay's performance. It would have been better if they had given the leading lady a kick butt role, but then Akshaye wouldn't have been able to rescue the damsel in distress. And as far as endings go, it was a pretty predictable one... let's see if you can guess it before the end of the first half of the movie like I did.
However in 2002 starting with Company Devgan went on a all time high.His carrier graph is still on a high almost 2 years later.While Company and The Legend Of Bhagat Singh both him immense critical acclaim yet while Company was an average grosser Bhagat Singh had flopped.So Devgan needed a hit in the year to prove that he still had star power besides being an ace actor.Deewangee provided him with that and he was universally accepted as one of the finest actors.
Tarang Bhardawaj(Ajay Devgan) is caught red-handed with the body of a music company tycoon Ashwin Mehta(Vijendra Ghatge).Although his clothes are blood stained yet he pleads innocence.His body language suggests that he has been framed in the murder. His childhood friend Sargam (Urmila Matondkar) believes him as she knows that Tarang cant even kill an animal. She asks her fiancée Raj Goyal (Akshaye Khanna) to fight the case.
The young lawyer takes up the challenge and fights for Tarang.With the aid of a psychatarist(Seema Biswas) he comes to know that Tarang is a victim of multiple personality disorder.He succeeds in proving Tarang innocent.
However he does not know what is about to follow. This in a nut-shell is the story of Deewangee.The script written by director and writer Anees Bazmee has its first half borrowed from the Hollywood thriller ''Primal Fear''.The second half has shades of Darr but it is the N.Chandra directed-Wajood which is clearly visible in the second half of Deewangee.
The item program towards the climax,the plot to trap the obsessed lover by a dance from the heroine is straight from Wajood. The difference being that Wajood was a bit too dark and a flop and Deewangee was thrilling and a Hit. To be fair to Bazmee the script is rather good and the movie is well paced. Although the second half has a slow pace and it even drags at time yet the movie overall is kept interesting. Bazmee who had earlier directed Ajay Devgan in the flop Hulchul and the hit Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha was not really a big name before Deewangee.However his direction of the movie is good within commercial parameters.
Deewangee was released just few weeks after Abbas Mustan thriller Humraaz was declared a hit.In that movie Akshaye Khanna had played a mean character effortlessly. In that sense his role in Deewangee was very challenging.Moreover it is generally seen that when there are 2 heroes and one has a strong negative role the positive guy usually gets the brickbats.Examples are Sunny Deol in Darr,Jackie Shroff in AgniSaakshi and to an extent even Bobby Deol in Humraaz.But I must say that Akshaye Khanna bravely breaks this recent tradition and proves that if the role is well defined even the postiver character can act well and match the negative role.His performance is really good and it shows his maturity as an actor. Full points for the writer and director for having given him a well written role. His changed look with a different crop of hair than that of Humraaz makes him look damn smart as well.He excels in the court scenes as well as the scenes with Ajay Devgan.
This was a hit Urmila desperately needed for a long time.This was her third film with Ajay and surprisingly both the earlier movies Kanoon and Bedardi were duds.She looks OK and gives a decent performance in a role which has strong shades of Juhi Chawla's role of Darr and madhuri Dikshit's role in Wajood.
Needless to say the show belongs to Ajay Devgan. From an anti-hero in Company, Ajay transforms himself to a complex negative role. His character is an obsessive lover,a psycho killer,a plotter,a vulnerable man, a simple musician all rolled in one.His performance has the polish which even his earlier great performance in Zakhm lacked.The way he transforms from a stammering guilty man to a devil is amazing. During the awards function Ajay Devgan had 2 nominations for the Best Actor-Company and The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and one best villain-Deewangee. He created a record of sorts when he won the critics award Filmfare for the best actor. The award was shared by Ajay Devgan for Company and Ajay Devgan for Bhagat Singh!!!!He further created a stir when he won the best villain award as well for Deewangee.
Ajay did not accept Darr and the offer fell on Shahrukh's lap.Now with Deewangee Devgan kind of had a sweet revenge by playing a negative role and getting acclaim as well as box office success for it.
The movie also is the first popular Hindi movie to have dealt with Multiple Presonality Disorder. Conventional mentally disturbed heroes have been part of Bollywood since ages and even Ajay did one in the huge hit Dilwale (it was a much bigger hit than Deewangee).
But i give it 7.5 out of 10.
let me, as i often do when writing reviews, be brutally honest.....i went in to watch deewangee with no expectations....none, zippo, zilch, nada.....the sole reason i decided to waste 3 hrs. of my time on the film was coz of the actors......two of hindi cinema's most under-rated leading men who on any given day can act the pants off most of the so-called superstars and heartthrobs.....so imagine my complete and utter shock when i found out that deewangee was actually worth watching for reasons other than it's lead actors......i'm still picking my jaw off the floor as i write.......
the story of deewangee (and i'm being generous with the terminology) is a convoluted mix of primal fear (richard gere and the very yummy ed norton), darr (srkkkkkiran) and every other lop-sided love triangle you can think of with real-life references to the late music czar gulshan kumar who before he was brutally killed was the baby-faced genius who turned t-series into a big player in the music industry....
hotshot lawyer raj goyal stakes his name on the line when he successfully defends a young music teacher for a charge of murder...only to find that his naive client isn't what he thought he was.......and of course coz this is a hindi movie.....there's a pretty young lady involved......
but what deewangee lacks in originality it makes for in style and surprisingly even substance.....the director anees bazmee....is no genius but he does know that the key to a pulling off a film like this is to keep it moving...and try to surprise your audience while you're at it.......which is something he does manage to do consistently......i was also surprised at the look of the film.....it was not ground-breaking or even different....but it was smooth and polished and managed to walk the blurry line between tackiness (see humraaz sets for tackiness galore) and lavish displays of "elegance" (k3g)........not an easy thing to do in bollywood.......
bazmee also peoples his script with some tremendous actors who with their mere presence add a weight and a credibility that was missing from the similarly themed humraaz......seema biswas, farida jalal, suhasini mulay, suresh oberoi and to a lesser extent tanaz currim and tiku talsania....all belong to that rare category of bollywood supporting actors who can actually......dare i say it......act......and none of them disappoint in the film.....each takes their brief roles and makes them more meaningful and multi-dimensional than the script ever intended for them to be.....on a side note.....am i the only one who thought that seema biswas given half a chance can be one heck of a pretty lady?
but deewangee really gets it's gold star rating for it's lead performers and their performances......
urmila matondkar will never be mistaken for a shabana azmi or even a tabu......but she can do what bollywood has increasingly reduced it's female leads to in the 90s.....look really pretty, dance really well, generate chemistry with a telephone pole if she has to and occasionally flail her arms and play damsel in distress while waiting for hunky hero to save her.......all of which she does satisfactorily.......
akshaye khanna seems to be finally living upto all the promise he showed in border......the actor who took a self-imposed hiatus for almost three years coz of the sheer stupidity of the scripts being offered to him.......has now with deewangee, in the last year and a half three fairly intelligent films (one - dch - was downright brilliant) to his credit in all of which he has turned in an excellent even award-worthy performance.......he's an ideal pick for a multi-hero film like this coz he is one of the few actors in bollywood who is a giving actor.....by which i mean he has enough acting chops to both share the screen with another powerful actor or command the screen on his own.....khanna has the more conventional knight in shining armour role in the film.....but he gives it his all and is equally convincing while being empathetic to a naive client, testing his psychopathic foe's limits and romancing urmila in the alps......on another side note - i have half a mind to personally go and burn down those bloody mountains - the way indian filmmakers have embraced switzerland - it's like they all have dual citizenship or something - either that or they all have yash chopra alter egos...which is a very scary thought
this is my third review in succession of a film with ajay devgan as it's lead .....and i'm fast running out of words that aptly describe the level of his skill and subtlety as an actor......but he is shaping up to be one of those actors who are a genuine pleasure to watch regardless of the film they are in or the role they are portraying.....devgan gets the more showy role and as is his wont - embraces the role with a vengeance....he's excellent as the shrewd now i have a split personality-now i don't tarang.......his transformation from one personality to the other is genuinely chilling and yet he manages to be likable enough so much so that in his final scenes......i actually felt sorry for the brute......it's nowhere near the virtuosity of company or tlobs.......but it's miles ahead of the normal nonsense we get served up as acting on a regular basis.......
on every other level deewangee inhabits the kind of mediocrity i initially expected from the film......it's songs, choreography, dialogue, cinematograhpy even it's direction are all just about okay.....not bad but not great either.....but deewangee never aimed to be a masterpiece.....it was meant to be a commercial who-dunnit......the kind that bollywood can and does churn out on a regular basis but not the kind that will rewrite cinematic history......it does achieve it's modest goal and in devgan and khanna.......actually comes close to being something even better.......but not quite........
final rating - 5/10 - a smart reworking of a been-there done that plot with some fine acting.....that's about it