Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Producers: Gautam Menon and Reshma Ghatala
Director: Gautam Menon
Cast: Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson
Music: A R Rahman
Bollywood is celebrating the Valentine Season these days. Yes, that’s it. Last week, we saw ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ and now another romantic saga ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ hits the space. The film is the remake of Guatam Menon’s Tamil hit flick ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’. Gautam is a man who is considered to be a good filmmaker and his previous works prove it even the original Tamil version of Ek Deewana Tha’ too proves the same. But with the remake in Hindi, the filmmaker fails badly.
The film lacks the magic and the story and screenplay are mundane having no novelty and alluring factor for the audiences. The time and tested formula has been used in creating the screenplay that looks poor on screen. Besides the length of the movie is also stretched without any reason – when the viewer begins thinking that the film is concluding, it takes new turn. Gautam’s direction is not the only thing that makes the film weak rather it is the story and script which make the movie fall flat. Gautam does fine at his part but he is not supported at all by the writer.
Sachin (Prateik Babbar) is an engineering student and lives in Mumbai. A middle class guy, he is much fond of movies. When he sees Jessie (Amy Jackson), he loses his heart to her. It is the love at first sight. Jessie is from a Malayali Christian orthodox family who does not approve of watching films. Sachin is much deep in love with her but Jessie likes to develop only friendship.
Gautam’s movie has drama and emotions in plenty but they have no potential to attract the viewers. One the film starts unzipping the scenes, you begin to get bored. The leading characters of the film too do not have any oomph factor to attract the audiences.
Script’s top notch weakness is that it makes Jessie confused on her relationship with Sachin. She is unable to understand her relationship with Sachin. She too is confused and makes the audiences confused as well. When she drifts apart from Sachin, there is no valid justification for the action at all.
Direction looks good with some scenes but in totality it is weak. Story is old and the script has many holes. A R Rahman’s music is melodious. Cinematography is classy. Editing is great.
Prateik Babbar entices with his acting. Jessie is beautiful but needs to work on her acting. Rest of the cast is fine.
On the whole, Ekk Deewana Tha is a weak product that is better to be left behind.
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