Deewangee (Hindi: दीवानगी, English: Madness) is a 2002 Indian psychological thriller film directed by Anees Bazmee. This movie is loosely based on the 1996 Richard Gere movie Primal Fear. The film stars Ajay Devgan, Akshaye Khanna and Urmila Matondkar in lead roles. The film premiered on 25 October 2002. This was Devgan's first negative role.
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 Devgan), who is Sargam's childhood friend and current 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.
Raj finds out that Tarang suffers from split personality disorders and wins Tarang's case by proving the same. Immediately after Tarang is acquitted, Raj discovers that the split personality was an act put up by Tarang. Raj wants to put Tarang in prison by re-opening the case.He chases Tarang all around Mumbai.In the climax,Tarang falls from a height and supposedly dies.The police believe it as an accident. The interesting part is that the body is never to be found because Tarang falls in the water. The movie ends in a a very suspenseful manor; whether Tarang is alive or not is left to the audience's interpretation as Sargam and Raj are on vacation and hear someone singing a very famous song produced by Tarang himself before his death.
Ajay Devgn as Tarang/Ranjit Bharadwaj
Akshaye Khanna as Raj Goyal
Urmila Matondkar as Sargam
Farida Jalal as Mrs. Goyal (Raj's mother)
Tiku Talsania as Ratan (Raj's uncle)
Suhasini Mulay as a Judge
Seema Biswas as a Psychiatrist
Rana Jung Bahadur as Inspector Rana
Vijayendra Ghatge as DCP Ashwin Mehta
Nirmal Pandey as Abhijeet Mehta
Tanaz Currim as Yana
Suresh Oberoi as Mr. Bhullar
Filmfare Best Villain Award - Ajay Devgan
Star Screen Award Best Villain - Ajay Devgan
Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Negative Role - Ajay Devgan
Star Screen Award for Best Actor - Akshaye Khanna
The soundtrack of the film contains 9 songs. 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.
The film collected Rs.50 crore at the box office and was rated a super hit.