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Producer : Vijayata Films
Director:
Sunny Deol
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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
diwaliji@indolink.com


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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 Punjabi shoulders.

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.....!

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