Eros International, Illuminati Films and Maddock Films’ Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (UA) is the story of Dino (Armaan Jain) and Karishma (Deeksha Seth). They are very friendly with one another. Dino is always at loggerheads with his father (Kumud Mishra) because he seems to be always rubbing him the wrong way. Karishma is quite a rebel and ensures that she does not conform to the traditional rules set by her orthodox South Indian family. Why, she doesn’t even want to marry the person of her parents’ choice as she is scared, she would then have to lead a boring life in an equally traditional South Indian family.

Dino and Karishma soon realise that they are so compatible that they could marry one another. This would ensure that Karishma does not have to get married into a South Indian family of her father’s choice. Dino and Karishma elope, much to the shock of their families. They hide in different cities and even get married but cracks soon develop in their relationship. The two return to their respective homes, convinced that they had erred in getting married.

They are soon in the family court, eager to divorce one another. The marriage counsellor (Gautami Kapoor) is at her wits’ end while trying to convince them to reconsider their decision to divorce. Meanwhile, Karishma’s strict father has already selected a boy, Mahesh (Akhil Iyer), for Karishma to marry, after the divorce comes through.

Does Karishma, the rebel, marry Mahesh? Do Dino and Karishma divorce one another before that?

Arif Ali’s story is about how frivolous today’s youngsters are. It is about a generation which acts first and thinks later, a generation which considers impulse as its biggest tool. The story, however, still does not ring very true because the way Dino and Karishma decide to marry and, again, the flimsy reasons for their breakup rob the drama of plausibility. Agreed, that’s how today’s generation behaves but the drama, which unfolds on the screen, still remains too frivolous to appeal to an audience fed on more substantive stuff down the years. Arif Ali’s screenplay lacks the intensity needed in a love story. Had there been truly intense moments in the film, even the frivolous actions and reactions may have worked big time. What is a bit too unpalatable is that both, Dino and Karishma, appear as giddy-headed as ever. And because their breakup is so stupid, the audience somewhere loses its sympathy for the two lovers when they walk out on one another and land up in the family court. Arif Ali’s dialogues are very good. For instance, the comment the family court judge (Rohini Hattangady) makes about Indian marriages is lovely.

Armaan Jain makes a fair debut as Dino. He looks alright. Deeksha Seth is very confident and acts with natural ease in her maiden Hindi film. She shows a lot of promise. She looks beautiful. Kumud Mishra is first-rate as Dino’s father. Anita Kulkarni is effective as Dino’s mother. In the role of Dino’s brother, Sudeep Sahir leaves a mark. Rahul Shetty does a fair job as Karishma’s father. As Karishma’s mother, Rinku Karmarkar has her moments. Akhil Iyer is splendid as Mahesh. Rohini Hattangady performs wonderfully as the family court judge. Gautami Kapoor goes a bit overboard as the marriage counsellor but she is, nevertheless, effective. Jaywant Wadkar (as Karishma’s lawyer) and Darius Shroff (as Dino’s lawyer) lend able support. Varun Badola (as Chacha), Neha Mahajan (as Seema), Chandraprabha Suvarna (as grandmother), Dhanusmati (as aunty), Prabuddha Dayama (as Uzair), Shravan Mehta (as Milind), Aayushi Lahiri (as Juhi), Nikita Dutta (as Rose), Dharmendra Jaiswal (as judge’s peon) and the others are adequate.

Arif Ali’s direction is good, and it doesn’t look like this is a debut attempt, but the drawbacks of the script are far too many to be camouflaged by decent direction. A.R. Rahman’s music does not have the hit quality. No doubt, the ‘Khalifa’ song is lovely and two more songs – ‘Alaahda’ and ‘Mawwali qawwali’ – are also quite good but absence of hit and chartbusting songs in a love story starring new and young faces is a big minus point. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are good. Choreography (Ashley Lobo, Ganesh Acharya, Ahmed Khan and Bosco-Caesar) is nice; special mention must be made of the picturisation of the ‘Khalifa’ song, which is excellent. A.R. Rahman’s background music is okay. Laxman Utekar’s camerawork is good. Sets (by Acropolis – Sumit Basu, Snigdha Basu and Rajnish Hedao) are nice. Shan Mohammed’s editing is effective.

On the whole, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is a dull love story which is so frivolous and implausible that it will fail to connect with the audience. Given its dull start, it will entail losses to all concerned.

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