is back with the latest edition of Retro Review. We bring to you
the movie which not only marked the debut of Bollywood's King Shah Rukh Khan
but is also one of the last few movies of the 80s heartthrob, Rishi Kapoor
, as a
lead before he moved on to play supporting character roles.
on 25th June 1992, Deewana
was the second highest grossing film of the
year and launched Khan as an action hero. It had Rishi Kapoor
in parallel lead,
who was one of the strongest actors of his time and Divya Bharti, the then
rising star with a bright future. The supporting cast of the movie consisted of
veteran actors like Sushma Seth, Amrish Puri
, Mohnish Behl
, Alok Nath
Tahil, while it was produced by Guddu Dhanoa and Lalit Kapoor. Along with Khan,
the movie also marks the directorial debut of Raj Kanwar
who later delivered
commercial hits like Jeet
(1997), Daag: The Fire
(1999) and Badal
The film Deewana
revolves around the love triangle of
Ravi (Kapoor), Kajal (Bharti) and Raja (Khan). Ravi, a wealthy singer,
meets and falls in love with Kajal, who happens to be a big fan. When
called back, Ravi marries Kajal and brings her home where
his happy mother (Sushma Seth) greets them along with his uncle (Amrish
and cousin (Mohnish Behl
). For a while, the happy couple enjoys marital
bliss, but soon things take a turn for the worse when Ravi throws out
his uncle and
his cousin for misbehaving with Kajal and is consequently murdered by
The duo throws out Kajal and her mother-in-law, who move to another city
and start a simple life. This is where they meet Raja, sole son of a
rich father. Raja falls for Kajal and soon gets married to
her. But before Kajal could move on, Ravi comes back bringing a storm of
for Kajal as she is torn between her two husbands. In between this
scenario, enter the Uncle and Cousin wanting the whole family dead. The
way in which the
whole tangled mess of relationships is solved becomes the crux of the
Deewana is not just a typical love
triangle story, it is also a story about relationships - about a mother's love
for her son, a father's inability to see past his status, about a girl who is
stuck between her past and her present. The movie has an immensely talented
cast with very well-written dialogues and beautiful songs.
movie may seem forgettable to most movie-goers except Khan's fans and cinema
buffs, it is quite memorable for its music.
Whether it be "Sochenge Tumhein Pyar" sung in Kumar Sanu
's voice, picturised
on Kapoor, or Khan jumping and dancing on his bike as Vinod Rathod
"Koi Na Koi Chaahiye", almost all songs of this movie went on to become
huge hits and are still enjoyed by music lovers. The love duets
"Paayaliya", "Teri Ummeed" and "Aisi Deewangi"
are still remembered for their melodious music and lovely rhythm. The other less famous songs in this album are
"Tere Dard Se Dil" and "Tere Isi Ada Pe Sanam". The soundtrack
was provided by the duo of Nadeem-Shravan who are famous for albums like Aashiqui
(1990) and Saajan
went on to win many Filmfare awards including the Best Debut for Khan, the Lux
New Face for Bharti, the Best Lyricist for Sameer for the song "Teri
Ummeed Tera Intezaar", the Best Music Director for Nadeem-Shravan and the Best
Male Playback for Kumar Sanu
for the song "Sochenge Tumhe Pyar".
Deol was the first choice for Raja's character.
Kohli was replaced by Khan after he dropped out of the movie.
- It was
Dharmendra Singh Deol who recommended Khan for Raja's role.
- It was
Deewana that brought true recognition
to Bharti as an actress with a great potential.
film is not well known among the current generations, the older generations and
movie buffs still remember it for Bharti's expressions,
Kapoor's performance and Khan's action sequences and bike dance! We, at
BollyCurry, recommend that you give the film a try and do let us know what you
think of it in the space below.
Writer: Kalpana K.C.
Editor: Pooja B. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Komal P.
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