Fun 90's Bollywood
The uninhibited romance, the great music, the talented actors, the fine stories, the simplicity and the larger-than-life depictions. Yeh Dillagi has all of it. It's not a very original film, not a fantastically made one, but very memorable, thanks to its own style, its music and its main star cast.
The story of two brothers falling for the same girl without being aware of each other's feelings is extremely typical, but here, it's more than just about that. It's a very fresh story filled with a lot of energy and many exciting, funny and memorable moments. The music of the film is outstanding, and maybe the main reason the film is somehow remembered today. All the songs, without exception, are great. "Lagi Lagi", "Hothon Pe Bas", "Dekho Zara Dekho Barsaat" are my favourite. And yes, how can I forget the famous “Ole Ole” song. Still it’s fun to hear. The comedy was nice, the romance was charming. I liked the script, I liked the direction. I liked the way the relationship of two brothers was portrayed, and I appreciated the writers for not going to the extent of creating an unnecessary rivalry between the two.
Akshay Kumar and Kajol form a fantastic pair and look very good together. Akshay is one of my favourite actors, and he is very impressive in this role, which is very different from the roles people thought he best suited when he entered films (action). I don't know why Yash Raj never made any other films with him after this successful performance. He was restrained, good-looking, charismatic, and during the song "Dekho Zara" I noticed how superb he was as a dancer, all the qualities needed for this kind of films.
Kajol is fantastic and extremely charming as Sapna. She was appealing, natural and convincing throughout the film, very funny at some scenes, very likable at others. I think she never looked as hot and as attractive as she looked in this film. Her attitude, charisma and crazy personality can make anyone fall for her, so no surprises that she is the centre of attention here.
Saif Ali Khan is good, but not as good as his costars were there in this film. His character is very difficult to like at the beginning, and his comic sense did not work as it usually does. But he was quite good overall.
Anyway, Yeh Dillagi is very memorable for me. 4 / 5