Awara Paagal Deewana (2002)

VIKRAM BHATT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

India, 2002.  Base Industries Group.  Story by , , Screenplay by Anand S. Vardhan, Mangesh Kulkarni, dialogue by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Bubbly, silly Bollywood action musical about a trio of inheritors who come into possession of billions of dollars in diamonds when their crime boss father dies. Leaving the loot in equal part to all three, the boss’s will also specifies that, should any of the three turn up dead, their death certificate in the hands of either of the other two will be enough to claim the diamonds in New York where they are safely kept.

This pits brother against brother-in-law, while helpless sister has to bear the enmity and hope to save her family. Enter a dentist, married to a shamefully misogynistic portrayal of a wife, who is forced to get involved in order for his wife to get her share of the loot.

There’s shouting, shooting and singing, all in typical Bollywood style, and though it’s sometimes fun, it’s also laboured and far too fluffy for its own three-hour good.

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