Prateik falls in love at first sight with Amy Jackson, who comes from an orthodox family. But when Prateik persists in his wooing, Amy breaks her marriage with another man and confesses her love for him. What happens then? Read the review of Ekk Deewana Tha for more.
Business rating: 1 / 5 stars (One star)
Star cast: Prateik, Amy Jackson, Manu Rishi.
What’s Good: A few light scenes; the Hosanna song.
What’s Bad: The routine story; the weak screenplay; lack of feeling of empathy for the two lead characters.
Verdict: Ekk Deewana Tha will go largely unnoticed by the audience.
Loo break: Several in the post-interval portion.
Watch or Not?: Watch it for the Hosanna song.
Ekk Deewana Tha Review: Script Analysis
Gautham Menon’s story is the usual boy-meets-girl and hurdles-in-love story. The screenplay, also penned by Gautham Menon, is full of holes and doesn’t involve the viewer. The love story is so half-baked that at no point of time does the audience feel empathy for the two lovers. Also, it is so slow and so long-drawn that the drama bores the viewer no end. But while these are basic problems with the screenplay, there are a number of flaws too. Jessie tells her father that Sachin is not the reason for the marriage being called off and, after barely a few minutes, she tells Sachin that he is also the reason for her calling off the marriage. This means, she lied to her father. This lie does not go too well with Jessie’s characterisation. Sachin forces Jessie not to come to him in the obscure place he is shooting but this looks like a lame excuse to only elongate the drama. Any boy who loves his girlfriend the way Sachin loves Jessie would be overjoyed to receive his girlfriend and would never talk of a feeling of awkwardness the way Sachin does. Again, Jessie’s sudden change of heart when Sachin comes from his shooting is unexplained. Has she fallen out of love because he did not allow her to travel to where he was shooting or was there some other reason? If it was because she was precluded from going to meet him, it is a silly reason to fall out of love – as silly as Sachin asking her not to come to him. And if it is for some other reason, well, the audience needs to be told the reason. Actually, overall the love story looks so half-baked that one doesn’t even feel sorry when the lovers face hurdles. And there are so many opportunities they lose that the audience actually gets irritated when they keep meeting and parting ways. Yet another major minus point is that Jessie has been shown to have the courage to call off her marriage right in the church but not the courage to tell her father and brother that she wants to marry Sachin. Somehow, this whole double-standards game doesn’t ring true. What’s more, if the romance doesn’t gladden the heart, the emotions fail to touch the heart completely. Yes, a few scenes are fairly entertaining but they aren’t enough.
Manu Rishi’s dialogues are routine.
Ekk Deewana Tha Review: Star Performances
Prateik does well in some scenes but falls short of the demands of other scenes. He is suitably shy in the initial reels but he fails to deliver in the more dramatic ones. Amy Jackson looks fairly nice and makes an average debut. She is fair in some scenes and very ordinary in others. Manu Rishi is alright. More than his acting, it is the scenes which he has that are somewhat entertaining. Sachin Khedekar, Ramesh Sippy (as himself) and Samantha Ruth Prabhu lend ordinary support. Babu Anthony and Vikas Menon are okay.
Ekk Deewana Tha Review: Direction & Music
Gautham Menon’s direction is too ordinary to make an impact. His script is lacklustre and his narrative style fails to lift the drama to a level which can involve the viewer. A.R. Rahman’s music is good but the hit or super-hit status is missing. The Hosanna song is already very popular and its picturisation (by Brinda) is quite eye-filling. The other songs are nice but that’s not enough for a youthful love story. Other song picturisations are commonplace. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are appealing. Silva’s action scenes are functional. Cinematography, by M.S. Prabhu, is good. Anthony’s editing passes muster.
Ekk Deewana Tha Review: Komal Nahta’s Verdict
On the whole, Ekk Deewana Tha is a poor show devoid of entertainment value. It will fail at the ticket windows. Given its poor start, the film will go down in history as a non-starter.Amy Jackson Ekk Deewana Tha Gautham Menon Komal Nahta Prateik Reviews