Movie Review This Week

Posted May 31st, 2002 by Deepa and filed in Reviews
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Each week when I write the Books, Movies section I do feel I should write more than the one liner comment like Good ,UGH etc. But somehow that never materialises. But sometimes there are films that inspire you to write their review . Pyar Diwana Hota Hai was once such film. I just have to write down the story for you guys.

To lead to the actual movie, Atha and I went to the local Indian store to pick up any film. I knew there were no new films that I wanted to see anyway. We reached the Indian store and starting look at the now familiar rows of movie titles. Atha gave me a choice between Pyar Diwana Hota Hai and another Chunkey Pandey Neelam starrer called Kasam. I chose the lesser of the two evils. I noramlly enjoy Govinda films. They are mindless timepass and also there are some foot tapping dance numbers which make me feel nostalgic for aamchi mumbai. But having seen Govinda’s latest film Aamdanni Athanni Kharcha Rupiah, which left me totally disgusted , I was almost prepared for another of his total flops. But Pyar… actually left me dumbstruck!

Name: Pyar Diwana Hota Hai
Starring :Govinda, Rani Mukherjee,Om Puri,Apoorva Agnihotri, Dipak Tijori,Laxmikant Berde.

The movie starts (as does numerous films) with a poor gaav ka bhola bhala ladka travelling to the big bad shaher in search of naukri. It starts with a funny (funny as in funny peculiar) interlude in the train where the hero enters the ladies compartment by mistake and some of the “shaher ki ladkis” rag him. Probably to get the point across that he is a bhola bhala gaav ka chora.
Ok this BBGKC ends up in a swanky flat in Delhi with a couple of his friends (Dipak Tijori, Laxmikant Berde and Dev Anand look alike chap) who have no business other than being roadside romeos. Sundar (Chichi) is an artist who goes jobhunting and mercifully gets a job at the first place he seeks employment ( a first for Hindi cinema as well???) His job is to paint billboards with Johnny Lever (this time a a dandiya loving Gujju). At the same time he tries different tricks to pataav (somebody please tell these directors that asking the girls for the time is as passe as Govinda himself!) and finally ends up in the hospital with broken bones. In the hospital he realises that his friends are having fun at his expense cos he is a BBGKC.
Its almost 45 miutes since the movie satrted and there is no heroine till now. Atha is getting impatient..Rani mukherjee kahan hai. Enter Paayal who is (not again!!) an NRI kid come to India to do research on classical dances. This scene is particulary notable for the fact that at the arport we catch a glimpse of Lilliput (remember the dwarf in Dekh bhai dekh who goes “DEKHA”) and surrounding him are a bevy of girls performing bharatnatyam (why why why) Again to emphasize indian culture…. It is a random throaway scene probably to emphasize Indian dance. Lilliput doesn’t appear again—- thanks to a kind editor.

Now the story gets dumb and dumber…….
Sundar sees Paayal asking for directions The girl she asks turns out to be mute and shows the direction in actions. Sundar thinks that Paayal is deaf mute and repeats the action in sign language. So now Paayal thinks that Sundar is mute….. (is anybody with me????)

Ofcourse Paayal falls for the BBGKC . She also has a passion for helping the handicapped and a hatred for liars. Sundar is a hero in the eyes of his friends so he can’t tell her that he can talk . Also by the time he can tell she has proven her hatred for liars so he again can’t reveal the truth. Payal takes Sundar to a doc ( Om Puri …..How much did they pay you for this absurd role???) who advises speech therapy. Ofocurse that is only an excuse to break into a song

She :  Main samjhi tumko dumroo
To nikla fata hua dhol ( honest! These are the lyrics)
He: Ba ba ba ba

There are also several other songs ( which ar not that bad) espceially when the hero and heroine pop off to agra for every small reason. No wonder the authorities built a mental hosoptal in the city of the Taj! And ofcourse the NRI parents are happy that their America educated daughter des not want to marry smart rich Apoorva agnihotri ( looking constipated in the 5 scenes that he has) but is ready to marry a dumb billboard painter. On second thoughts it doesn’t matter….in a land where poor painters live in a mansion sab chalta hai!

A few songs later….friends have come around, he has become a famous painter (akhbaar pe naam aaya), but he is still being dumb( note for mute people…every word=ba ba ba ba ).And the end is spectacular. Ofcourse Paayal comes to know of his deception and storms off to confront Sundar. Only Sundar is missing and his friends tell her the truth and for a girl who is so passionate about the truth she changes her tune easily for she wants to hear Sundar say “who labz jise sunne ke bad koi ladki kuch aur sunna nahi chaahti”. Where could Sundar be?? Where else other than near the Taj Mahal….Paayal pleads with Sundar to say those three little words but no he remains dumb. Paayal cries pleads and begs forgiveness ( why why why again..i thought it was Sundar’s fault??)

Then suddenly…….flashback!!
Sundar cannot bear to lie to his beloved to off he goes to the doc and pleads with him to do an operation to make him permenantly dumb( yeh kaunsa operation hai bhai??) and then when refused prompty picks up a scissor and snips off his tongue. So now he is permenantly dumb. Paayal is so impressed with this that she falls at Sundar’s feet. Yehi hai sacha pyaar…..

And I was so impressed with it that I had to write this review……..

Govinda is as exotic as ever …red yellow purple pants come and go…
Dipak Tijori has no role but he does get to say the title of the movie once….
Laxmikant Berde and Johny Lever (mercifully always on the scaffolding) irritate…..
OmPuri and Apoorva Agnihotri ….please don’t do this to us…
Rani Mukherjee……don’t you see a movie after acting in it??

I am sorry I really have nothing to write……

Books:
Lord of the Rings.
Movies:
Lord of the Rings ( No more reviews….)
Websites:
http://www.top-biography.com (interesting and inforamtive)
http://www.dumblaws.com/countries/index.html (intersting ,informative and funny!!)

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