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Ekk Deewana Tha review: A perfect romance more or less

Ekk Deewana Tha review: A perfect romance more or less

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By: fenil_seta | Mouthshut.com member

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 20 February 2012

Movie Title

Ekk Deewana Tha review: A perfect romance more or less

Director

Gautham Menon

Star Cast

Prateik Babbar, Amy Jackson

Off late, the remakes of Southern films are doing a great job at the box office. The latest instances being Ready, Singham and Bodyguard. Ekk Deewana Tha too is a Southern remake but stands out from the rest as it doesn?t belong to the action/comedy genre. In fact, after a hiatus, viewers get a dose of saccha pyaar as the guy is projected to be totally and crazily in love with the girl and if need arises, was ready to sacrifice his life as well. And that is the strength of Ekk Deewana Tha besides the fact that it?s been beautifully executed by Gautham Vasudev Menon!

Sachin (Prateik) has studied engineering but aspires to be a filmmaker. He falls for his neighbor Jessie (Amy Jackson) the moment he sees her. However, Sachin realizes that wooing Jessie won?t be easy. After all, Jessie is a Malayali Catholic and he is a Hindu . Sachin is passionate about films while Jessie has barely seen five films in her life since stuff like movies and dating is considered taboo by her father (Babu Antony). Also, Jessie is a year older than Sachin. But as they say, love is blind. Sachin is unable to control his feelings for Jessie and one day it leads to a physical fight and a full-brown family drama. In desperation, Jessie is told to get married. From the alleys of elite Mumbai , the action shifts to the backwaters of Kerala followed by Karnataka's beaches and finally the Taj Mahal , the symbol of love.

Ekk Deewana Tha begins with an innovative title sequence. But immediately, the film goes a bit off-track and it takes a while for viewers to get accustomed to the director?s vision. This is especially the case when the song Hosanna suddenly commences when Sachin had just seen Jessie for the first time! But soon enough, the viewers get drawn into Sachin and Amy?s world. It?s really a treat to witness deewana Sachin going to great lengths for the sake of his love! Moreover, this is a musical film and hence the beautiful songs of A R Rahman compliment the proceedings very well. Hence, even though a song like Dost Hai Hum To is unwanted, viewers won?t mind as it is quite peppy and most importantly, well shot and styled.

However, the best part of the film is when Sachin visits Kerala the second time . From the scene in the church to the fight on the street and finally Jessie making an honest confession to Sachin, this part of the film which was an unpredictable roller-coaster ride that instantly brought smile to viewer?s faces! But sadly from here, the film went a bit downhill. The conflict between Sachin & Jessie seemed too unbelievable in this otherwise convincing film. And this really takes a toll on the overall film. Hence, even though the sequence thereafter (the last 20 minutes) is lovely, one doesn?t exit the theatre with utmost satisfaction.

Prateik ?s persona, body language and personality were tailor-made for the role of Sachin and he indeed gives his best shot. However, somehow it fell short of that outstanding kind of performance expected from him and which he had delivered in films such as Jaane Tu?Ya Jaane Na and Dhobi Ghat . But overall, a great job and hoping to see him more in solo-hero films.

As for Amy Jackson, she's a surprise! While everyone expected her to be just another Western import with immense beauty but little talent, she proves that she has it in her to handle a complex role like Jessie?s. In real life, she?s younger than Prateik but that doesn?t show up even ionce on the screen. And all the scenes where she had to wear a saree seemed convincing. However, it seemed that an attempt was made to darken her skintone in several scene. That's something that didn?t work.

Manu Rishi (as Sachin?s friend Anay ) was terrific and he indeed has a significant role to play in the film. Sachin Khedekar (Sachin?s father) was alright. Babu Antony and Ashwin Kakumanu (Jessie?s bro) were excellent and so was the one who played Jessie?s uncle. Samantha Ruth Prabhu (Sachin?s assistant buddy) was nice in the cameo. Ramesh Sippy is extremely likeable. Others do a fine job.

A R Rahman ?s music is one of the strong points of the film and one of the chief reasons why the film created excitement. Almost all the songs of the films are a pleasure to listen. Ekk Deewana Tha will surely be remembered for the songs if not for the content.

M S Prabhu ?s cinematography was quite exciting, especially the manner in which the locales of Kerela were shot. Manu Rishi?s dialogues were damn effective although at places the dialogues mouthed by Anay were slightly over the top.

Finally, Gautham Vasudev Menon ?s direction brings a lot of freshness, especially for Bollywood moviegoers. The director ensured that inspite of countless number of songs and a beaten-to-death story, the viewer remained engrossed in the film.

Some of the best scenes:
The songs Hosanna, Phoolon Jaisi, Dost Hai, Aromale and Sharminda Hoon
Sachin meets Jessie at McDonald?s
Sachin proposes to Jessie
Sachin in Kerala
Sachin fights with Jessie?s brother
Sachin in Kerala again
The last 20 minutes of the film

On the whole, Ekk Deewana Tha is a sweet feel-good love story that works despite the minuses. Go for it and experience true love!

Rating: Three and a half stars

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