What made Veer Zaara and Devdas a blockbuster? Okay, the latter had one of the finest love stories penned down by a famous novelist (Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay) and both the movies had the romantic Badshah SRK but there is one line that defines why the movies were a runaway hit. We as the audience loved the actors on screen and it was as if we are in love. Women fell in love for Veer (SRK) while we fell in love with Zaara (Preity Zinta). Love stories need such a situation to arise to impress the audience.
Sadly, we do not fall in love with Amy Jackson’s Jessie nor would the fine ladies fall in love with Prateik Babbar’s Sachin. (You may be in love with both off screen). Prateik had a fine outing in Dhobi Ghat but he is a wannabe filmmaker here. Shouldn’t there be any changes in the appearances? Or perhaps in the way he looks or talks? This reminds me of Ranbir Kapoor who belongs to the same generation yet manages to come up with different avatars in a comedy like Ajab Prem Ki Ghajab Kahani and in a political drama like Rajneeti. Hence, is it too much to expect at least some differences in Munna (Prateik’s character that impressed us as the dhobi in Dhobi Ghat) and Sachin in Ek Deewana Tha who is head over heels for the beautiful Amy Jackson?
Ekk Deewana Tha is a poor cousin of its Tamil version. The script is below average (where did the Taj Mahal come from or why did it pop up at all?) and the worst part of the film is that when it is a love story and there is only one lead pair, the character of the leading lady is half baked. She does not know why she falls for Sachin nor does she know why she should end it. Sachin is as helpless as the audience is since neither can understand what Gautham Menon (Director) or the scriptwriters want them to do.
The plot has nothing new to offer. There is a girl from a village who drops in Mumbai and a guy next door gets smitten instantaneously. The girl is conservative. There are religious differences and many other clichés. Like most other South Indian movies, the story goes back to the heroine’s native village where the hero is supposed to dance to A. R. Rahman tunes and woo his love. Kerala is a much better place than what has been shown in the movie. Sadly, Gautham Menon’s Director of Photography M.S. Prabhu does not do justice to God’s Own Country. A. R. Rahman is a maestro but his masterly skills have not been put to use in the movie.
Ekk Deewana Tha, though released aptly during the Valentine’s season, does not make much of a treat for the young lovers. Perhaps Gautham Menon should not be switching genres so randomly, Force (an all out action drama) and Ek Deewana Tha (an all out romantic movie). What disappoints further is that Ekk Deewana Tha is very low on the romance quotient as well. When Sachin and Jessie break up you do not feel bad or sad for them. We all felt strange when Veer and Zaara separated or when Paro got married and Dev broke down. What is wrong with our films? We either go to Vegas for no distinct reason or hit our backwaters but anyway cannot conjure up a love story. Perhaps it owes more to the times we live in.
Cutting it short, Ekk Deewana Tha is a long, predictable movie with some scenes that would throw light on the lead pair but nothing much otherwise. As a footnote, I must say that Amy Jackson is a much better import than Nargis Fakhri who absolutely wasted it in Rockstar and Jacqueline Fernandez who is yet to create any stir.
If you are thinking of catching up Ek Deewana Tha over the weekend with your partner then I strongly recommend you are better off staying back home with an old romantic movie or with a dinner date than cursing yourself for buying the tickets for the movie. Ekk Deewana Tha is in one line, Sachin’s desire to become a deewana but not getting the right cue from his lady love, Jessie.