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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnees Bazmee
Written by
  • Anees Bazmee
  • Neeraj Pathak
  • Humayum Mirza
Produced byNitin Manmohan
StarringAjay Devgn
Akshaye Khanna
Urmila Matondkar
CinematographyPushan Kripalani
Edited byAshfaq-Sarvar
Music byIsmail Darbar
Neha Arts
Release date
  • 25 October 2002 (2002-10-25)
Running time
169 minutes
Budget 90 million[1]
Box office 220 million[1]

Deewangee (transl. Madness) is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language psychological thriller film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Nitin Manmohan. The film stars Akshaye Khanna, Ajay Devgn and Urmila Matondkar. The music was composed by Ismail Darbar, with lyrics by Salim Bijnori and Nusrat Badr. This was Devgn's first negative role for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain.[2][3][4][5][6]

It is inspired[7] and has its first half adapted from Primal Fear (1996) by Gregory Hoblit[8] which was itself based on William Diehl's novel of the same name.[9] Released on 25 October 2002, the film was a below-average performer at the box office.[10] It was remade in Tamil as Kadhal Kirukkan in 2003.


Raj Goyal (Akshaye Khanna), a young and successful criminal lawyer, famous for never having lost a case, is introduced to popular singer Sargam (Urmila Matondkar) by music magnate Ashwin Mehta (Vijayendra Ghatge). The following day, Ashwin is brutally murdered in his own house. The murderer, Tarang Bharadwaj (Ajay Devgn), who is Sargam's childhood friend and music mentor, is caught red-handed at the crime scene. He claims he is innocent and Sargam, who believes in Tarang's innocence, approaches Raj to defend him, which he accepts after meeting Tarang.

Realising Tarang has a mental illness, Raj hires a psychiatrist (Seema Biswas) to study his case. The psychiatrist finds out that Tarang has Dissociative identity disorder and his other personality goes by the name of Ranjeet. Meanwhile, Raj and Sargam grow closer due to their frequent meetings and eventually fall in love.

Raj speaks to Ranjeet, who is the complete opposite of the innocent and simple Tarang. Ranjeet admits to killing Ashwin who had tried to molest Sargam at the party. Ranjeet sees Tarang as his younger brother who in turn considers Sargam his wife. Bringing his split personality in front of the court, Raj is able to win the case and free Tarang.

But right after he is acquitted, Raj finds out that the split personality disorder was an act put up by Tarang to get out of jail. Tarang then tells him to stay away from Sargam. Raj tries to reopen the case in order to protect Sargam but fails, and Tarang is moved to mental hospital for treatment. Raj extends Tarang's stay in the mental hospital by proving that he is sick and needs more treatment but Tarang wriggles out of Raj's attempt and is released. Raj appoints personal security for Sargam to ensure her safety, while Tarang relentlessly tries to reach her, during which he seriously injures Yana, Sargam's assistant.

Raj says that they can trap Tarang with Sargam performing a show and Tarang coming there. But Tarang kidnaps Sargam and takes her to an old fort where he has booked a vehicle to go abroad. Sargam secretly gives her location to Raj. Sargam while trying to escape tells Tarang that she loves Raj to which Tarang responds saying that then he has to kill Raj. Soon Raj arrives and a fight ensues which ends with Sargam overpowering Tarang and pushing him into a nearby river.

The next morning the police are unsuccessful in finding his body. The movie ends with Sargam and Raj now married enjoying a vacation and they hear someone sing one of Tarang's songs. Raj believes it cannot be Tarang and because the song is so popular, anyone can sing it.






Studio album by
Released14 September 2002
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerIsmail Darbar
Ismail Darbar chronology
Shakti - The Power

The soundtrack of the film contains 11 songs and was released on 14 September 2002.[11] The music is conducted by composer Ismail Darbar. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 12,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's ninth highest-selling.[12][13]

1."Pyar Se Pyare Tum Ho"Salim BijnoriSonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy6:27
2."Yeh Taazgi Yeh Saadgi"Nusrat BadrSunidhi Chauhan3:19
3."Saasein Saasein Hain"Salim BijnoriSonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy5:49
4."Saat Suron Ka"Salim BijnoriUdit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy5:56
5."Pyar Se Pyare Tum Ho" Instrumental4:00
6."Ai Ajnabi"Salim BijnoriSunidhi Chauhan6:02
7."Dholi O Dholi"Salim BijnoriKavita Krishnamurthy, Babul Supriyo7:00
8."Saat Suron Ka"Salim BijnoriKavita Krishnamurthy5:56
9."Yeh Taazgi Yeh Saadgi"Nusrat BadrKK, Mahalaxmi Iyer7:10
10."Pyar Se Pyare Tum Ho (Sad)"Salim BijnoriSonu Nigam5:22
11."Hai Ishq Khata"Nusrat BadrJaspinder Narula5:55


Deewangee received mixed reviews from critics. Bollywood Hungama rated the film 2.5/5, stating, "In an enterprise that boasts of two powerful performers-Ajay and Akshaye, comparisons are inevitable. But, to be honest, it's difficult to gauge who's better. Ajay Devgan essays a complex role with utmost ease, alternating between a simpleton and the shrewd (as part of the split personality!). Akshaye Khanna enacts a suave character with terrific understanding, proving yet again that he's amongst the best in the business today. Urmila Matondkar makes her presence felt in a male-dominated film. Her performance towards the end is praiseworthy. Amongst character artistes, Seema Biswas, Suresh Oberoi and Tanaz Currim are adequate. On the whole, DEEWANGEE has a novel story with several poignant moments as its USP. A well-made film with a few loose ends nonetheless, it has much to offer as compared to the vendetta fares and mushy love stories being dished out in the garb of entertainment. At the box-office, the impressive cast and the aggressive promotion have resulted in tremendous hype for the film, which in turn should translate into good business, keeping its investors smiling."

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  1. ^ a b "Deewangee - Movie - Box Office India".
  2. ^ "Bollywood review: Deewangee". The Times of India. 26 October 2002.
  3. ^ "Deewangee - movie review by Mandeep Bahra - Planet Bollywood".
  4. ^ "Deewangee Review 2.5/5 | Deewangee Movie Review | Deewangee 2002 Public Review | Film Review". Bollywood Hungama. 25 October 2002.
  5. ^ " Movies: The Rediff Review: Deewangee".
  6. ^ "Deewangee review: Deewangee (Hindi) Movie Review -".
  7. ^ "Movies: The Anees Bazmee Interview". Retrieved 21 October 2002. Is Deewangee adapted from Primal Fear? No, it is not. I was inspired by Primal Fear.
  8. ^ "Movies: Hollywood's Hindi Clones". The first half of Deewangee was a frame-by-frame remake of Primal Fear featuring Devgan as a schizophrenic murder suspect and Akshaye Khanna as his shrewd lawyer.
  9. ^ "India Today". India Today International. Vol. 1, no. 26–34. Living Media International Limited. 2002. p. 42.
  10. ^ "Deewangee - Movie". Box Office India.
  11. ^ "Deewangee (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Ismail Darbar". Apple Music. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  12. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  13. ^ "Planet-Bollywood - Music Review - Deewangee".

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