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Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai
Producer: R. B. Choudry
Director: Kirti Kumar
Starring: Govinda, Rani Mukherji, Apoorva Agnihotri
Music: Uttam-Singh
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Genre: Romantic
Recommended Audience: General
Approximate Running Time: 3 hrs
Film Released on: 26 April 2002
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu  - Rating: 5.0 / 10
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Govinda’s first venture into more serious cinema in a while and the audience ends up laughing. A tale of irony? More of predictability in this film titled Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai, which has its characters and actors in the most ridiculous of roles.

The most humorous thing is that the film took over a year to release after its soundtrack hit the market and that time has done nothing to make this film a viable watch let alone a trip to the theatre.

The film leaves a viewer with nothing much to talk about. It doesn’t even cater to a person who is looking for time pass entertainment.

This romance film features an age-old story of the romancer Sunder (Govinda) trying to be something that he isn’t so that he can acquire his one true love Payal (Rani Mukherji). Only this time Sunder is pretending to be a mute in hopes to acquire empathy from the teacher of the mute, Payal. The film in essence is a romance story, a genre that has officially become a no-no in the industry unless directors plan to make it worth our while. Sunder is a painter who tries his best to make himself successful and make himself known, quiet at heart; he is chummy amongst his friends. His chumminess soon leaves him with a broken leg and an even more silent heart. He soon tries to make himself happier by trying to woo the teacher of the mute Payal.

Thanks to a series of misunderstanding, those that aren’t properly rectified, Payal believes Sunder is mute and thus takes the task of teaching him. Sunder gladly goes along since he believes that this is the only way that Payal will give him a chance. Payal fooled by his excellent acting, tries her best to help him regain his speech. Her journey through learning the truth and Sunder’s journey through finally telling her the truth describes the rest of the film. Trust me, the ending is anything but pleasingly romantic, surprising, or worth your time.

In fact the climax is simply weird. Not a twist one expected or not a twist that would make one applaud the film for being different. The screenplay by S.M. Ahale is terribly uninspiring leaving the film with a pale dull look. The script is simple and tries to remain in one piece and keep the goings on loop less, and succeeds for the most part but its just that the script itself is just lackluster. Typical romance fare.

G ovinda tries to make the film work and is not really successful. After all. How many times will we see Govinda and Bad Film in the same sentence? It’s not even that he doesn’t have a comedic role in this film that he fails, but more because the film is just a mis mash of stupid occurrences. His next film, Khullam Khullam Pyar Karen (which will probably release this October, a year after its soundtrack has released) doesn’t seem like it will be much different either.

Rani Mukherji should NOT have chosen this role. The rumor mill was at a high regarding her supposed relationship with Govinda and how the two would set the big screen ablaze and the pair has failed to do anything to show us their magic (both in this film and Hadh Kar Di Aapne). Nevertheless she is a plus factor in the film, her weight still fluctuating, she saves the film with her talent.

The typical supporting cast of Om Puri, Johnny Lever and Apoorva Agnihotri – the actor not meant for lead roles it seems, are typical. Johnny Lever gets annoying here and there (but isn’t that usual?)

Uttam Singh’s music is not bad at all, but how much can a decent soundtrack stay on the charts, certainly not a year, and this one released over a year ago. The title track is definitely a decent listen and is picturized decently as well. Peter Pereira has done an overall average job with the cinematography.

The director, coincidentally a member of Govinda´s family, Kirti Kumar, fails completely. One would have thought that the time it took this film to release would have enabled him to patch it up and make it something at least worth our while.

Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai is a bad film in many other senses than what I’ve mentioned. It leaves implications for all of the other [many] delayed releases Bollywood will see. Most of them turn out to be horrible, but some of them, just some of them do manage to be better than what we expect. Maybe we will wait for that long delayed film that manages to be at the very least entertaining.

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