Debutante director Arif Ali’s ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’ reeks, being the most unoriginal film this year and this is even after considering Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain. Remember those 70’s-80’s film that started off with Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia’s ‘Bobby’ where a girl and a boy ran away from their parents just because they didn’t agree to their terms and conditions. The same formula was done till death in the early 90’s and died then and there. But pretty much like every other cliches in Bollywood it comes back a full circle every now and then.
2008 saw Abbas Tyerwala reviving the cliched-girl-boy-falling-in-
Now, keeping these films in mind and adding a dash of brother Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Socha Na Tha’, Arif Ali makes a movie that does not have it’s heart at the right place. There is zero chemistry between the lead pair and to top it off overact in ever single scene in the first half just to make it look authentic. I had smile on my face when I saw my city ‘Raipur’ being in a full blended Bollywood film but then the protagonist dances on a peppy item number that talks about the Naxalite, that was where I drew a line of sanity. Of the various numerous reasons on which the film fails, the major one is Arif Ali’s poor scripted story-line. The characters are way too underdeveloped to feel for them.
The movie has a very simple message that a number of other films have already delivered to us, that doesn’t mean we are not ready to see it again. It’s always good to see a film which makes the youth think about the decisions they make relenting towards uncompromising and half-backed love. But the fact is not everyone can pull-off an Abbas Tyerwala stunt. The result is a garbled mess and to top it off it take 2 hour 20 minutes to arrive at a point which we can very well guess in the first 30 odd minutes.
The new actors in the film are a humourless shamble, especially Armaan Jain is awful. He would give the worst possible Imran Khan a huge complex. Deeksha Seth is actually pretty okay if compared to Armaan Jain but still has a lot of ground to cover if she is going to make it big in the Bollywood industry. The ‘Ala Hadda’ song is terrific but other than that A.R Rehman’s original is pretty forgettable.
Final Verdict: I have seen the rom-com drama ‘The Fault In Their Stars’ but if you are planning to watch a film with you better half at the cinemas this week, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil wouldn’t be a good option.