Awara Paagal Deewana

Awara Paagal Deewana (English: Wayward, Crazy, Insane) is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Vikram Bhatt. The film's music was composed by Anu Malik, and the lyrics by Sameer. It has a plot loosely inspired by The Whole Nine Yards,[1] and features action scenes choreograph by stunt director Dion Lam, who worked on The Matrix and Hong Kong action films.[2] It was notable for lavish and exotic song picturisations, stunts/action scenes by Akshay Kumar[3] and Paresh Rawal's popular comical chemistry with Johnny Lever, who played a funny character called Chhota Chhatri.[4] A sequel titled Deewane Huye Paagal was released in 2005.

Awaraa Paagal Deewana
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVikram Bhatt
Written byNeeraj Vora (dialogues)
Story byMangesh Kulkarni
Anand Vardhan
Produced byA. G. Nadiadwala
Firoz A. Nadiadwala
StarringAkshay Kumar
Sunil Shetty
Aftab Shivdasani
Paresh Rawal
Preeti Jhangiani
Aarti Chhabria
Amrita Arora
CinematographyPravin Bhatt
Edited byAmit Saxena
Music byAnu Malik
Franco Vaz(score)
Base Industries Group
Distributed byShemarooo Entertainment
Pen India Limited
Release date
  • 20 June 2002 (2002-06-20)
Running time
164 mins
Budget₹13 crore
Box office₹27.58 crore

Awara Paagal Deewana released worldwide on 20 June, 2002. It received mixed reviews from critics and was declared as an above average grosser at the box office, but is now considered a cult classic.


The story centres on the legacy of a dead Indian underworld don Baba Baldev Prasad, who dies of a heart attack. He leaves diamonds worth $200mn at the New York Bank, to be distributed equally between his son Vikrant, his daughter Preeti, and Preeti's husband Guru Gulab Khatri. To claim the diamonds, all three benefactors must be present at the bank or, if dead, their death certificates must be presented.

Shortly after Don's death, Vikrant attempts to eliminate Guru by assassinating the Indian home minister in full view of television cameras while disguised as him. Guru flees to the US disguised as someone else to escape prosecution. Guru moves to the street where Anmol and his family live. Anmol recognizes him from the news. His mother-in-law forces him to go to India, along with his father-in-law, Manilal to tell Vikrant about Guru and get the reward. But everything turns wrong when Vikrant doesn't give the reward and instead sends Anmol and Manilal back to the US with his hired men, Yeda Anna and Chota Chathri to kill Guru. Later, they find out that Yeda Anna was a double agent: He was working for Guru the whole time because he offered more money. The group receive Vikrant and Preeti at the airport and drive to the hotel. At the hotel, Vikrant is kidnapped by a mysterious group of Chinese goons. Yeda Anna receives a phone call and finds out that the kidnapped Vikrant was a duplicate of the real one and the real one was going to come later by plane. They kill the second Vikrant and put his body in a car by the Brooklyn Bridge.

With Vikrant's death, Preeti and Guru each get half of the diamonds. When they are outside the bank, a group of policemen arrest them and take them to an unknown desert area. It is revealed that Vikrant is still alive and the first Vikrant was kidnapped by Chinese goons. Vikrant gets the diamonds and tries to kill Guru. A fight occurs. At the end of the fight, Guru kills Vikrant. When it's all over, they ask each other to find out who has the diamonds. Anmol has them and says he will give them to Guru if he gives Preeti a divorce. Guru arrives at the location selected by Anmol and gets the diamonds while giving Anmol the divorce papers. Yeda Anna double crosses Guru and tries to steal the diamonds. Guru wins in a fight and Yeda gives the diamonds to Guru while hanging him to a bar and having him stand on Chota Chathri's shoulders. In the end, Anmol and his love, Preeti, are seen going to India. Anmol's ex-father-in-law gives him some diamonds that he received from Guru. Preeti comments that she didn't know that Guru was so nice.


  • Suniel Shetty as Yeda Anna
  • Akshay Kumar as Guru Gulab Khatri
  • Aftab Shivdasani as Dr. Anmol Acharya
  • Paresh Rawal as Manilal Patel, Anmol's ex-father-in-law, Paramjeet's husband, and Mona's father.
  • Johnny Lever as Chhota Chhatri, a stammering goon, who is working for Yeda Anna.
  • Aarti Chabria as Tina Chippa, Anmol's secretary, who later marries Guru Gulab Khatri.
  • Preeti Jhangiani as Preeti Acharya (earlier Khatri) (née Prasad), Baldev's daughter, Vikrant's sister, Guru Gulab's ex-wife, and Anmol's wife. She wants to end the fight between Guru Gulab and Vikrant but her efforts go in vain.
  • Amrita Arora as Mona Patel, Manilal and Paramjeet's daughter, Anmol's ex-wife, who constantly dominates him.
  • Rahul Dev as Vikrant Prasad, Baldev's son, Preeti's brother, Guru Gulab's ex-brother-in-law. He is trying to kill Guru Gulab to claim his inheritance.
  • Supriya Pilgaonkar as Paramjeet Patel, Manilal's wife, Anmol's ex-mother-in-law, Mona's mother. She constantly dominates Anmol and Manilal.
  • Om Puri as Don Baba Baldev Prasad. (cameo)
  • Asrani as Champaklal, Baldev's meek lawyer. (cameo)


The music of the album has been composed by Anu Malik.

All lyrics are written by Sameer.

1."Awara Paagal Deewana"Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan4:00
2."Jise Hasna Rona"Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sarika Kapoor7:30
3."Love" (Theme) – 1:10
4."Maine To Khai Kasam"Sunidhi Chauhan, Abhijeet5:02
5."More Sawariya"Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Anu Malik6:36
6."Ya Habibi"Adnan Sami, Shabbir Kumar, Sunidhi Chauhan7:19
7."Yeh Tune Kya Kiya (not used in the film)"Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Paudwal7:18


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 Paresh Rawal Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Won
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role Won
2004 Screen Award for Best Comedian Won
Johnny Lever Nominated


  1. ^ Jha, Shubhash K. (19 May 2003). "Whose movie is it anyway?". Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  2. ^ Renuka, Methil (16 July 2001). "Hong Kong-based stunt director Dion Lam to choreograph 'Aawara Paagal Deewana'". India Today. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Khakee (2004) - Akshay Kumar's successful action films | The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "15 weirdest character names in Bollywood films". Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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