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Humko Deewana... is unbearable

This film is an eighties-style melodrama, fumes Udita Jhunjhunwala.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 19:31 IST

Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
Director: Raj Kanwar
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Anil Kapoor

It’s hard to recall how we sat through standard three-hour long Indian films. We did, till not so long ago. But sitting through over two-and-half hours of seven songs and several versions of the title track in a film that refuses to end, is unbearable.

I fidgeted and writhed in my seat every time Akshay Kumar cavorted with Katrina Kaif against snow-capped mountains. And I nearly choked on my chewing gum when Kaif was shown trapped in an overturned car, only to be rescued by Kumar before it exploded. That was a frame-to-frame copy of the Thandie Newton-Matt Dillon scene from the Oscar-winning Crash.

That’s just one example of a familiar lift, because Raj Kanwar’s (Andaaz, Ab Ke Baras) film appears to be a string of scenes we’ve seen somewhere before. It’s also an overindulgent effort where the makers have held onto every situation without knowing where to snip. In fact, one among several failings of Humko Deewana Kar Gaye is the sloppy editing. The film would need to be at least 15 minutes shorter (including cutting a couple of songs) to quicken its pace. 

 Akshay and Katrina lack chemistry, their film lacks sense and watchability

Aditya (Akshay) is engaged to the ambitious Sonia (Bipasha Basu). While she goes off to pursue her fashion design business, he is posted to Canada to work in what appears to be an automobile showroom (huh?). Several chance meetings with Jia (Kaif) lead to a bond between two lonely people in a far off land. She’s an idle rich kid shopping for her wedding trousseau, disappointed with the lack of affection from her fiancé (Anil Kapoor).

Jia and Aditya eventually fall in love and just as they are about to make a decision about their future together, a turn of events rips them apart.

The action shifts back to India, with the climax of the film taking place at Jia’s wedding. Will tradition win over love? Since this is a film trapped in eighties-style melodramatic hell, before love can triumph, lives must be saved, misunderstandings resolved, sacrifices made and Mangalsutras torn off necks.

Poor Akshay Kumar — he works hard to breathe life into the poorly etched out character of Aditya, unfortunately the absence of chemistry between him and his lead actresses dulls the film further. Kaif looks lovely but she needs to be reminded she is not shooting an ad campaign. As for the myriad-add on actors, less said the better. In fact too much has already been said about a film that will drive you mad if you watch it.