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Ekk Deewana Tha  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • The Deewangi does reflect but….

    Ekk Deewana Tha rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 17 Feb 2012)

    “Ek Deewana Tha” is released with two version, one for mass audience and another directors cut. This whole trend of Directors cut started in Hollywood in the 80’s. We too had some films like Raj Kapoor’s “Aah” or Mani Ratnam’s “Dalapati” where an alternate ending was made, but they were released later depending upon the negative box office reports. Then there were films like “Sholay” whose directors cut version was released in foreign DVD’s and similarly Vipul Shah’s “Aakhen” had different ending for its international audience. Ram Gopal Verma wanted to experiment the Directors cut with his Anil Kapoor starrer “My Wife’s Murder” having two ending on the release date but developed cold feet. But now finally we have a official Directors Cut version in form of “Ek Deewana Tha” and thus I preferred to opt for it, whether it was worth or not? Let’s find out.

    “Ek Deewana Tha” is story of Sachin {Prateik} an aspiring director and his landlord’s daughter Jessi {Amy Jackson}. Sachin loves her from the day he first saw her, but after some time proposes her. This upsets Jessi and thus she goes to her granny’s place in Kerala. Sachin along with his mentor Anay {Manu Rishi} reaches Kerala in search of Jessi. With issue like Hindu- Christian family, Sachins job profile, Jessi being elder to Sachin and most important Jessi’s reaction to Sachins love, the movies moves ahead.

    Story is nice and one can see plenty of real life stuff in it, it might remind you slight about Kamal Hassan-Rati Agnihotri’s ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’. Before you start raising your expectations, the movie does not even come anywhere near that classic film. Screenplay is sweet and romantic in the first half of the film, sadly it starts to shake in the second half. Still it has its moments in the second half too, but due to the length the movie starts to lose its charm and goes bit hay way. Scenes like Manu Rishi – Prateik talk over Amy, Prateik – Amy first chat, Prateik proposing Amy, Church scene followed by Lunch at Amy’s uncle place, Prateik meeting Amy at her Kerala house and few more are quite interesting and refreshing. But on the sad part the narration in second half starts to drag at a point and few sudden jumps {Especially Amy’s decision does not go well with the film}. The climax is different but not great, one does wonder what was the need for directors cut in this film. It could have been a simple love story between two people with different background and taste having either a sad or happy ending. Camera work is fresh and peppy. The beautiful locations of Kerala add the magic in this film. You don’t need expensive foreign locations to prove you point. Editing is bit loose and film needs to be trimmed at many places.

    Music by A.R.Rahman is very good, but lacks on the popularity level. Rahman’s ‘Jane Tu Ya Jane Na’ has similar types of songs, but thanks to well promotion, they got noticed. But out here besides one or two songs people don’t know any other songs. This might not work in favor of the film as songs are very important in this film and you need time to enjoy Rahman’s songs. ‘Hossana’ is the most popular track and one of the best from the film. ‘Phoolon Jaisi Ladki’, ‘Sharmina’, ‘Kya Hai Mohabbat’ and ‘Ahista’ are also very nice and go well with the film mood. ‘Dost Hai’ was bit out of place. Background music was nice.

    Gautam Menon comes back to Hindi cinema after almost a decade. His last work ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’ had some magical songs and some beautiful moments. Sadly the film dint work, but the songs are still carved in ones heart. Out here too he manages to impress us with his dash of romance, but goes hay way at times. The reasons given by Amy were confusing and does not go well with the audience. People need solid reason for such stuff and we have seen the result when such reasons are not given {Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna – Rani’s Reasons..}. We appreciate Gautam Menon’s hard work and it does show on screen, but a film has to be entertaining or in case of Romantic film – Touching. It does touch you romantic side at many times, but misses too. It’s been a long time we saw such Romantic Drama with fresh pair and simple style {with no hangover of Hollywood films or foreign locations}.

    Prateik does a decent job in this film and yes we can say that he can act at times. But again I wonder if the film had someone else doing the lead protagonists role, the end result could have been wonders. Amy Jackson looks beautiful and pretty. She does her part very well, her body mannerisms goes very well with her character. Manu Rishi, Sachin Khedekar and others give a decent support. Ramesh Sippy’s cameo might please his fans and movie lovers.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum ?
    Dum hai, if you like simple romantic films {Please forget the Candy Floss / Hollywoodish Romantic films made recently by Karan Johar & Co}, A .R.Rahmans songs and Romantic films with Family Drama then go for this decent film. If not then you might find the film quite dragging and boring at times. The deewangi does reflect in the first half, but slowly starts to fade out badly as the movie goes ahead. So if you are planning to watch this film i would recommend the mass version and not the lengthy directors cut version.

    Ratings : 2.5/5

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