Producer : Vijayata Films
Director: Sunny Deol
*ing: Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Urmila Matondkar, Dara Singh
Music: Jatin Lalit, Shankar
Ehsaan, Loy, Sukhwindara Singh, Anand Milind
Released on : November 19, 1999
Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol
If you've seen Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin and hated it, MAKE SURE to
watch Dillagi. Why? Sounds strange,
considering that both stories are very, veryyy similar. In addition, the love triangle is
nothing new, and even more important, in both flicks, Sunny
Deol plays the exact same role. But what was wrong with PKKN? Well, take,
for one, the (mis)casting. Apoorva and Mahima are hardly quality actors, they are just
pretty faces. Two, the songs were average and dances/clothes were hopeless. Three, the
dramatic pregnancy and Apoorva's 'death' was sick. Basically, it was a mistake from the
start. The strength? Sunny Deol and his jatt-powerful performance (not to mention
his good attire), though even he got weary of trying to carry the entire movie on his
So why watch Dillagi? Well, take the superb cast (an almost sure guarantee
for good acting!)...Sunny, Bobby Deol, Urmila,
not to mention Dara Singh as Sunny and
Bobby's father and Zohra Sehgal as their
grandmother. Second, the songs, overall, are quite good and catchy (the Punjabi flavor is
so right for the Deol team!). The clothes are good, the dances, nice (take, for example,
Urmila's mehendi song...), and makeup, well, not too garish. And the story....
Again, there's the two brothers, Ranvir (Sunny Deol) and Rajvir aka Rocky (Bobby Deol)
Singh, the former who has taken the family restaurant business to great heights, the older
bhai, responsible, serious, caring, passionate, and adored by all. The latter is a
free bird, a loverboy who lives to dance, party, and for women...in essence, a spoiled
little brat. (Did you expect anything otherwise?) Their father is Bir Singh, owner of
Kiran Continental, whose wife passed away years ago. To complete their family is their
sweet grandmother, Biji, played by Zohra Sehgal. Ranvir fulfills every wish and desire of
Rajvir's (he is definitely taken advantage of that, hence, the spoiled brat image is
complete!) with ease, a promise he made to his mother on her deathbed....too bad promises
can also cause much conflict...Along comes Shalini (Urmila), a simple, sweet college girl
who becomes the object of affection (and in this case, affection is aka conflict) for both
Ranvir and Rajvir. Ranvir, the serious one, falls in love with her, and naturally, Rajvir
becomes infatuated with her (the same college chase girl/girl shy away sort of theme).
Shalini, on the other hand, is fascinated with Rajvir's showy ways and sweet talk and
falls for him--hard. Like PKKN, Ranvir goes to a wedding and boom! That mehendi song
did it all, and...and...? Yes, it is love! (You know, the PKKN 24 hour love disease). The
ecstatic Biji goes and does all of the shaadi ki baatein, and well, it's all set!
Except one minor detail...
Shalini is still pinning away for Rajvir, who's having his fun. Shalini
and Ranvir have a talk, Shalini tells him her dil ki baatein and that she is
already someone else's, etc etc etc, and nobleman Ranbir lets her go on her way...she
moves forward with her plans to marry her Rajkumar, and it's all set! Except one minor
detail....Rajvir could care less to settle down, he's a Salman, I mean, playboy, remember?
So why watch Dillagi? Well, if I haven't convinced you yet, I can't do much more....watch
it for the first 2.5 hours, because the last half hour just ruins it, to a degree.
Ah, and to comment on the directing, well, considering it's the Deol boy's
debut, he did an excellent job...and really took out the acting skills in Bobby and put
them to work! Overall, it's a good entertainer, fun and nice....still not convinced? Just
watch Pyar Koi Khel Nahin first.....!