ⓘ Deewana (1992 film)


ⓘ Deewana (1992 film)

Deewana is a 1992 Indian Hindi-language action romantic drama film directed by Raj Kanwar in his directorial debut and produced by Guddu Dhanoa and Lalit Kapoor. The film stars Divya Bharti, Rishi Kapoor and newcomer Shah Rukh Khan, with Amrish Puri and Sushma Seth in supporting roles. Initially, Khans debut film was to be Dil Aashna Hai, but Deewana was released first. It was released worldwide on 26 June 1992. Budgeted at ₹ 28 million, Deewana went on to become the second highest-grossing film of 1992 behind Beta, earning over ₹ 162.1 million worldwide. The film was a major box-office success and launched Khans Bollywood career. It was later dubbed into Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali languages. Additionally, Deewana won a five leading accolades at the 38th Filmfare Awards.


1. Plot

Kajal Divya Bharti, a beautiful young girl falls in love with and marries a famous and wealthy singer named Ravi Rishi Kapoor. They live happily until tragedy strikes: Ravis greedy uncle Pratap Amrish Puri and cousin Narender Mohnish Behl, are determined to lay their hands on Ravis wealth. Narender first tries to rape Kajal but fails when he is caught. Pratap then hires hoodlums to murder Ravi, who is thrown off a cliff along with Prataps son, Narender who was killed by Ravi prior to the latter seemingly dying.

Kajals mother-in-law Sushma Seth takes Kajal away to another city to start a new life. In a new city, the widowed and depressed Kajal tries to get over her pain. One day a young man, Raja Shah Rukh Khan, accidentally hits Kajals mother-in-law, meets Kajal and falls in love with her. When he confesses his love to Kajal, she reveals that she is a widow. Rajas rich father tells thugs to get rid of Kajal and Raja severs ties with his father after finding out. He begs Kajals mother-in-law to have Kajal get married to him. As her mother-in-law feels that Kajal should marry again, she persuades her.

Raja and Kajal get married, but Raja tells her that he will not touch her until she accepts him. He looks for a job and his friends open a garage with him. One day, Raja goes to check out a jeep but has an accident when the brakes fail. Kajal becomes shocked when she hears this and runs to see him. After returning from the hospital, Kajal accepts him and falls in love with him, and the two are finally happy together. Things are well until one day, Raja rescues a man from hoodlums. He gets him treated and befriends the man, who turns out to be a very much alive Ravi.

When Raja brings Ravi home, Kajal is shocked to see that her husbands new friend is none other than her first husband, who apparently survived his uncles attempt to murder him. When the truth is revealed, however, Kajal stays with Raja, and Ravis mother lives with Ravi. Ravis uncle learns that Ravi is alive and has Raja and Kajal kidnapped, saying that he will let them go if Ravi signs over his property to him. Raja escapes and he and Ravi beat Pratap, after which they find Kajal, tied up with a bomb strapped around her. Ravi manages to switch off the bomb and take it off her, but Pratap appears and says he will kill Raja and make Kajal a widow again. Ravi protects Raja and he and Pratap fall. Ravi sets the bomb off, causing a large explosion, killing Pratap and him once and for all. Kajal and Raja stay together, honoring Ravis memory.


2. Cast

  • Divya Bharti as Kajal
  • Asha Sachdev as Chandramukhi Sabrangi
  • Amrish Puri as Dhirendra Pratap
  • Sushma Seth as Laxmi Devi, Ravis mother
  • Dalip Tahil as Ramakant Sahay, Rajas father
  • Rishi Kapoor as Ravi, Kajals first husband
  • Alok Nath as Mr Sharma
  • Shahrukh Khan as Raja Sahay, Kajals second husband
  • Deven Verma as Devdas Sabrangi
  • Mohnish Behl as Narendra Pratap special appearance Dhirendras son

3. Production

Madhuri Dixit was offered Kajals role but she declined it due to her busy schedule. Divya Bharti was later finalized to play Kajal. Originally, Armaan Kohli was signed to play the role of Raja, but later walked out of the film during the first shooting schedule due to creative differences. The role then went to Shah Rukh Khan, who was shooting for his debut film Dil Aashna Hai at the time, which also co-starred Bharti. However, as Dil Aashna Hai got delayed to late-1992, Deewana released in June 1992 and became Khans debut film.

After Kohli walked out of the film, Sunny Deol was approached. Raza Murad was the initial choice for Dhirendras role.


4. Reception

Deewana was the second highest grossing Indian film of 1992 after Beta, grossing ₹ 140 million. It was the highest sold music album of the year 1992.It became the only Bengali as well as Kannada film of actress Divya Bharti, although they were dubbed versions.

The performance of senior actor Rishi Kapoor and newcomers Shah Rukh Khan & Divya Bharti were highly appreciated. Divyas portrayal first as a young girl & later as a widow was even applauded, which led her to achieve the Lux New Face of the Year Award.


5. Soundtrack

The soundtrack and background score was composed by Nadeem-Shravan and all the lyrics were penned by Sameer. Nadeem-Shravans soundtrack won them their third Filmfare Award and Kumar Sanu won Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer in a row after Aashiqui 1990 and Saajan 1991. Shah Rukhs silver screen career began with the song "Koi Na Koi Chahiye" along with singer Vinod Rathod.

The films soundtrack album sold between 7 million and 8 million units, making it the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack album of 1992.

The song Aisi Deewangi was the re-used version of the Kannada song Kanasalu Neene Manasalu Neene from the 1976 Kannada movie Bayalu Daari.


6. Sequel

A sequel to the film was planned by the producers and directors of the movie and is reported to be different from the original film. Casting is on for the film and it has been announced that Nadeem-Shravan may return to compose for the sequel.