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This flick is not a bad bargain at all

Deewane Huye Paagal (Hindi)

Cast: Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever, Akhay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Shahid Kapoor, Rimii Sen

Director: Vikram Bhatt

Some day they will gather by the bonfire and have a good laugh. Some day, Sangeet Sivan, Anees Bazmi and Priyadarshan shall slap one another's back, and tell those tales successful men do when they shed inhibitions, and modesty becomes an obsolete virtue.

A glass in hand, salt and pepper beard in place... and that whiff of nostalgia. Some day, Vikram Bhatt would like to join them. But if they were to select a gallery of pranksters of 2005, the guys who gave us the laughs and smiled their way to the bank, he may just miss out on admission.

No, his "Deewane Huye Paagal" is not a bad bargain, not very bad in any case. But it is no worthy sequel to "Aawara Paagal Deewana", and comes across as a film that gives us moments of sunshine, moments of camaraderie, yet the moments don't add up to three hours of unadulterated entertainment.

Galaxy of stars

The film falls short. May be by an inch or two for some, more likely a yard or two.

Bhatt, though takes, no chances. He gathers a galaxy of popular, mainstream comedians, the guys who are acknowledged masters of the gags department. There is the good old Paresh Rawal, the ever-reliable Johnny Lever, the up and coming Vijay Raaz, and the duo of Akhay Kumar and Suniel Shetty. So, it is scarcely a surprise when the jokes start to flow, the problem arises when they ebb.

We have Shetty limping his way and being called "lungda" by all. We have another man faking blindness, just to embrace the girl. Yes, all of them lose out in this uninvited swayamvar of sorts. But by the time the director restores sanity and parity, too much damage has been done. And many in the audience are left cringing at the utter insensitivity to people with special ability. Still game to join this group of loud pranksters? All the best. You will enjoy the action, you are likely to love Kapoor in a dance sequence. You won't mind a few comic touches. But be warned: Let not a moment decide an hour's fate.

ZIYA US SALAM

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