We have had “Deewana” and “Ek Haseena Thi” and it is time to brace up for Ek Deewana Tha in this season of Valentines. Prateik Babbar is back and this time not fighting against reservation or playing a coy guy but as a guy next door who is head over heels for the beautiful Amy Jackson.
Now, people who have seen the Tamil film “Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa” do not need any introduction to Ek Deewana Tha. Gautham Menon has decided to make his film in different languages as the film has always been remade in Telugu a year back. Do we expect a director to make a movie in one regional language and go on making the same movie in all other Indian languages? Well, it sounds like a nice strategy but it makes very little sense from the cinematic perspective.
Anyway, for those who are not aware of what we are talking about here – it is a love story, well more or less (as per the poster and the theatrical trailer). It runs on the same old treaded territory of a guy next door trying to woo a new girl next door, completely opposite in their respective nature and characteristics. The girl does what girls do best and eventually romance blossoms. Now no romance is worth watching if there are no troubles brewing around the love birds hence we have some problems coming up and whether or not the couple manages to toil through their hardships, make the rest of the story.
After the debacle of My Friend Pinto, Prateik is perhaps jittery about his next solo release and Amy Jackson has a lot to prove. Not every import from the United Kingdom or the United States into Bollywood has churned out as a Katrina Kaif and perhaps producers and directors should stop craving for one and perhaps look within the country to pull out the next big female star. The latest to grace the silver screen Nargis Fakhri is almost set to fade into oblivion despite trying hard to stay in the news. Well the fate of Ek Deewana Tha can be uncertain, but with the Valentine’s Day weekend, some young lovebirds would certainly catch up with the innocent romance on screen.
Gautham Menon and the producers are carefully touting and promoting the movie as an A. R. Rahman and Javed Akhtar musical. Javed Akhtar also happens to be the screenwriter for the movie and in all possibilities he is returning as a screenwriter after many years (since we do not know for sure how much he contributes to Farhan & Zoya’s screenplays and does not claim the credits). We still hold our reservations about Ek Deewana Tha since despite being a musical and that too of A. R. Rahman, the film has not managed to create much hype yet, nor has its music gone viral.
Well, if the box office results of this film go kaput, Prateik may have to run back to Aamir’s camp and stay there for a few more years before trying to venture out as a solo hero.