Stupid Saturday – Humko Deewana Kar Gaye

We’ve already got Song Sunday and Friday Favorites, so why not give all the days of the week catchy little titles? Okay, or not. But I think Stupid Saturday is a good idea. We spend the rest of the week reviewing movies we think you should watch. There ought to be a time for us to tell you about the movies you probably shouldn’t watch.

It’s no secret that there are a lot of really bad Bollywood films– the Hindi film industry is one of the largest in the world, so it would follow that along with awesome films, some not-so-awesome ones get made. And we have seen many of those not-so-awesome films.

These aren’t the same as films we don’t enjoy that much (Taxi 9211) or films that don’t live up to their potential (Chup Chup Ke). There’s room for tastes and various levels of quality. But Stupid Saturday films are just stupid. Why do we watch them, then? Availability. The dumber a movie is, the more likely it is it will be easily available, apparently. Nobody cares if you upload Dosti: Friends Forever to Youtube, because who was going to buy it anyway?

I thought we should start off with a truly bland and awful one– Humko Deewana Kar GayeHDKG was released in 2006, and stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. I have a high tolerance for Akki. I think his voice and laugh are really cute, and no one does naively sincere like him. But, man, he’s in some terrible movies.

Katrina Kaif has been criticized a lot for various things, but I’ll leave her alone. Even if she was a marvelous actress, this script wouldn’t have given her anything to work with.

Also in the movie is Anil Kapoor, as Katrina’s creepy fiance, and wow, what a weird performance he turns in. Vivek Shaq manages to outweird him, however, as Akshay’s Pakistani roommate. And this leads me to ask– why is it that the guys playing Pakistanis always have blonde highlights? I’ve met people from Pakistan. None of them had blonde hair (or appeared to harbor any desire to have blonde hair).  But every Pakistani guy in Bollywood films gets blonde hair.

Bipasha Basu is also in this movie– but barely. She shows up at the beginning and end. I’d never seen her in anything, so I was hoping to get an idea of what she’s like, but quickly figured out this is not the movie for that.

I almost don’t want to describe the plot, it’s so stupid. Aditya (Akshay) is engaged to Sonia (Bipasha), but she’s obsessed with her career. He moves to Canada, where he meets Jia (Katrina). Jia is already engaged to Karan (Anil) but of course immediately falls in love with Aditya. They keep running into each other and spending time together, and, surprise surprise, end up together at the end of the movie. There are a few silly problems they have to overcome (a newspaper scandal created by Aditya’s roommate Nawab (Vivek) and Karan’s scary temper) but nothing actually ever happens.

The songs were truly forgettable, and none of the dances worth a rewatch.

So… what positive things can we take away from this? There are always positive things in Bollywood, right? Right? Please tell me I’m right? Well, I liked the bit where Sonia’s sister came out and told Aditya to stop leaning on the intercom. That’s right at the beginning! You could watch until that point and turn it off, and you would have seen all the good parts.
Other good things…

  • It was in Hindi, and I have a hard time turning off anything in Hindi.
  • Akshay’s silly voice and ridiculous laugh

I guess two good things aren’t so bad. And if you count Akshay’s voice and laugh as two, that’s three good things!

But my advice is to steer clear of this one– Mujhe tumhari fikar hai! (I care about you. I think. I mean, I think that’s what it means).

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4 Comments

  1. Hannah H. said,

    March 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Oh my…! Should I see it or not? You’ve piqued my curiosity! :D

    • Han said,

      March 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      This is one I would really recommend leaving alone. There are some others, like Dosti and Tumko Na Bool Paayenge that have good dances, or are so bad they’re good (the fighting in TNBP, oh, man) but this one is just totally worthless!

  2. March 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

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  3. March 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    […] don’t even know where to begin on this one. Dus (Ten) has more redeeming qualities to it than Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (namely, Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan, and Sunil Shetty. I’ll watch anything with Sunil in […]


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