Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is a romantic drama starring Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth. It is the directorial debut of Imtiaz Ali’s brother Arif Ali.
It’s about Dino (Armaan) and Karishma (Deeksha) who are good friends in college. Karishma is South Indian and there is a tradition in her family that girls must marry before they’re 21. So it’s time for Karishma to get married but she doesn’t want to. Dino also doesn’t want to see his friend’s life ruined with this arranged marriage. So one day over a few beers and nuts, they decide that they will run away together because they would make a great couple. The rest of the film is about what happens after they run away.
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is a pleasant surprise. I watched the film without having read anything about it. I didn’t even know who the actors were. I found the film entertaining. I wasn’t very impressed in the first half, but the second half improved my opinion of it.
I was actually a bit disturbed with how these two young people made the decision to run away. After they finally managed to leave the city on a motorcycle with a million bags hanging off, including a basket with a puppy, Dino stopped the bike for a minute, gave Karishma a kiss and said I love you. It all felt so fake. It was as though they were forcing themselves to love one another. They obviously care for each other, at least they care enough that they can’t imagine each other with a random stranger. But it doesn’t seem like love. Attraction maybe.
In another scene in Goa when they are alone under the roof for the first time, Dino comes on to Karishma and she is outright offended. So in the first part of the film, it seems like these two got together for not so much the right reasons. Dino seems to just want to get laid and Karishma just wants to avoid the arranged marriage.
In the second half of the film however, we get to see a different side to these people and their feelings for one another. Now, it starts looking like love. When they come together again, repeating the mistake which they were repenting for just a few weeks ago, the love feels sincere this time around.
Armaan Jain is like a younger version of Saif Ali Khan with thicker eyebrows. I actually thought that he must be a relative of Saif and Saif did co-produce this movie under his production house. But it turned out that Armaan is a relative of his wife instead. Yes, Armaan Jain is the grandson of Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor has five children. One is Reema Kapoor who became Reema Jain after marrying Manoj Jain. Armaan is their son. Armaan is only 1990 born. He is the youngest of Raj Kapoor’s grandchildren who are in the film industry as of now.
Armaan doesn’t only look like Saif, he acts a bit like him as well. His dialogue delivery and mannerisms are quite similar. I especially felt that way in the scene where he said “jaan-e-mann.” For a debut, I think he was okay. I found his character portrayal irritating in the beginning. He seemed to be trying too hard but he improved in the second half of the film. I could see that he found a comfortable zone in terms of acting in the second half. He was more natural. I hope he works on finding his own talents and strengths as an actor and works to improve those. Let’s see how Armaan does in the next few years. By the way, my mom found him to be very cute and handsome! I think that he does have that energy a star ought to have. He just needs to be chiseled a little bit as an actor.
Deeksha Seth reminds me a little bit of Deepika. She’s very beautiful. Upon reading her wikipedia page, I realized that she’s the girl in the Allu Arjun starrer Telugu film Vedam. I could not recognize her because she has lost some weight. She had a very small role in Vedam, so that’s another reason. My mom also found her gorgeous and she too was reminded of Deepika.
Deeksha Seth is the star of this film. She’s lovely, charming and has done a great job. She has that star quality to her, much like Deepika. Apparently, she’s continuing to make films in the South but I think that she has a brighter future in Bollywood. I can see her giving competition to some of the lead Bollywood actresses in a few years.
The music of the film is average. It suits the film but there is nothing extraordinary about it. That’s kind of sad considering that it was made by A. R. Rahman. *** I was wrong about the music. The songs grew on me. I suggest taking the time to listen to the music separately after watching the film. The music is different for an A.R. Rahman album, so it’s easy to be judgmental about it without listening to it properly. After listening to them again, I like all the songs and they’re all in my playlist. Beqasoor, Ala Hada and Maaloom really stand out, although I enjoy the easy-going Tu Shining as well. The part sung by Nakash Aziz in Beqasoor is fantastic. Amitabh Bhattacharya has gone a great job with the lyrics. They’re very apt for the story.
As for the director Arif Ali, he did well. As a writer, he is different from his brother. This film doesn’t have the intensity we are used to seeing in his brother’s more recent films. But that’s okay. We can’t watch a Highway every day. Some days, we need an easier-going film. Every genre has its own place and value. And Imtiaz Ali too started out with more easy-going films like Socha Na Tha.
The film’s topic is similar to films like Saathiya and Chalte Chalte. It shows that after running away and getting married, it’s not all fun and games as one would hope. But at the end, the film strangely changes the theme on us and leaves us with the message that, despite all the difficulties, most couples would run away together all over again. I guess.
At the end of the film, they show real life couples who ran away and got married and asked them whether they would do it all over again. It was supposed to convince us that yes, it was all worth it. But the things people said weren’t really convincing. One complained about his wife’s cooking. Another man used the words “super existence” to describe his marriage. 😀 Is that even a term?!
Anyone considering running away and getting married should probably not watch this film because it will just confuse you more. The film doesn’t manage to leave a message. It leaves confusion. So, is it good to run away? The answer this film seems to give is – Yes, but No, but Yes. So perhaps the true answer is “Maybe.”
I recommend Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. It has an interesting and relevant topic but it delivers that without lecturing. So it’s an easy-going, feel good film. I personally enjoyed myself, in fact I enjoyed myself enough to see the film twice.