Two students – Dino (Armaan Jain) and ‘K’ aka Karishma (Deeksha Seth) – from the same circle of college friends are special buddies. Their friendship moves to romance when Dino helps her escape from her wedding. They roam the country, even get married at a registrar’s, adopt a puppy and have multiple (mis)adventures and begin hating each other. By which time they are brought back. Now the marriage has to be annulled. But are they really not in love?

On this thin premise, a road movie (in the first half) that seems interminable is brought out. The second half has its amusing moments but the film, as a whole, is a drag. The ‘frank’ and ‘bold’ sequences (like asking for a contraceptive from an uncle!) fail to help give the film either a fresh or a spicy tang, and the climax and post-climax, frankly, are ridiculous and retarded.

It is a sign of today’s pathetic times that writer-directors sans caliber or any knowledge of storytelling or characterization and what people want as ‘entertainment’ are afloat – a dime a dozen – in showbiz. The writing at all levels is pathetic, except at the point where the two ex-lovers meet and try to be civil to each other. The elder brother’s mushy angle is contrived and quarter-baked and we wonder where the money came from to stay in the best resorts when the young couple was traveling like tourists without a purpose!

In short, this could be termed a warped version of “2 States”-meets-“Hasee Toh Phasee,” two of the best movies so far this year. And since this film must have been almost complete when both these films released, we must conclude that great minds and grated minds do think – if not alike - on similar lines!

A.R. Rahman’s music has little purpose and is devoid of melody, meaning or substance, and Amitabh Bhattacharya is at his worst in his lyrics as well – sample meaningless words, especially the offensive “Mawwali Qawwali,” which is an item song on an almost naked dancer when the word “Qawwali” actually stands for devotional Muslim music!

The technical values are average, when the scenic locales needed more. The film is lifted a bit by the lead performers, though without exception most of the supporting cast is ridiculous. Varun Badola and Rohini Hattangadi, the exceptions, are wasted in inane cameos.

Deeksha Seth, who is spontaneous, lively and clearly deserving of better setups, impresses for a first-timer, considering the handicaps she faces in her script and director. Armaan Jain, with his fleeting resemblance to cousin Rajiv Kapoor, needed a better vehicle too. And more than for ourselves, we feel sorry for these two talents who needed better starts, and sincerely hope that they will be able to live this movie down.

Rating: *1/2

Eros International & Illuminati Films present “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”

Produced by: DINESH VIJAN, SAIF ALI KHAN & SUNIL LULLA

Written and directed by: ARIF ALI

Music: A.R. RAHMAN

Starring: ARMAAN JAIN, DEEKSHA SETH, MRINAL KULKARNI, ROHINI HATTANGADI, SUDEEP SAHIR, JAYWANT WADKAR, GAUTAMI KAPOOR, VARUN BADOLA, AKHIL KUMAR, NIKITA DUTTA, RAHUL DEV SHETTY & others

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