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Ekk Deewana Tha review: Headache over heartache

Ekk Deewana Tha review: Headache over heartache

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 17 February 2012

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Movie Title

Ekk Deewana Tha

Director

Gautham Menon

Star Cast

Prateik Babbar, Amy Jackson

You don?t need glossy visuals, heavyweight production, or an extraordinary plot to make a love story tick. What you do need are solid characters, a palpable chemistry, and the story in steady hands.

The film shows promise in the beginning. Sachin (Prateik) falls for his landlord?s daughter Jesse (Amy Jackson) pretty much at first sight. That they belong to different religions doesn?t bother him. He doesn?t feel the need to know anything more about the girl other than the fact that she?s pretty and looks smashing in a saree. Hardly on talking terms, he confesses his ?love? to her, as he stalks her on the way to work.

If this character seems improbable and stuck in a time-warp, wait till you meet the heroine. Her behavior is constantly off-course. On hearing the besotted hero?s proposition, she flees?right out of the city. He follows. She offers friendship but then says she wants time to start liking him back. They kiss.

She?s angry about that. Breaks up. He?s depressed. Suddenly, she asks him out for a date, as she?s missing him. The rate at which she pops in and out of love with him throughout the film is completely mental. The fact that he puts up with this, is even more so. Is this the couple we?re supposed to be rooting for?

After she?s through treating the boy like a yo-yo, she announces she?s getting married.

The film is about to break for interval. More than half of the film still remains, which translates into the viewer being subjected to more of this make-up, break-up vicious cycle.

Prateik is charming in this role, but it?s hardly a likeable character. The less said about the utterly charmless heroine?s character the better. Amy Jackson is pretty but the acting is uniformly staid. The film goes a step and introduces us to a character, Sachin?s mentor, a ?very big cameraman?, who drops all work to help him follow Jesse around.

Dialogue has gems like Sachin telling the already offended Jesse, ?I want to make love to you all the time.? Or super-cheesy lines like, ?I?ll wait forever.? At no point, do the characters talk like contemporary young people of this generation.

Conversations meander on and on, making one feel they?re watching the unedited cut. Ramesh Sippy chips in an embarrassingly fake cameo of a director who encourages his assistant (Prateik) to dump the film?s shooting and chase his love.

Unexplained developments leave the viewer searching for answers. For example, why didn?t they just call and clear a misunderstanding about one of them getting married.

But there are moments where the film comes alive. Their romance, when they are romancing is sweet and real, with dreams of the future being woven over stolen terrace visits, bike-rides, in grocery stores, and by the beach. AR Rahman?s music is melodious and soulful.

Director Gautham Menon earlier made the film in Tamil and Telugu, and retains the South Indian flavour with the Hindi film. But in remaking the film in Hindi, Menon also stands precariously and awkwardly on a culturally ambiguous film that?s neither this nor that. (His last Hindi film Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main in 2001 was an adorable and unpretentious love story starring Dia Mirza and Madhavan.)

Perhaps with believable characters, Ekk Deewana Tha could?ve been a sweet romance-next-door. This one, however, reeks of characters who you reckon need therapy other than love. Avoidable.

Rating: One and a half stars

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