Ekk Deewana Tha (2012)

Director: Gautham Vasudev Menon
Casts: Prateik Babbar, Amy Jackson, Manu Rishi
Music: A.R. Rahman
Language: Hindi
Genre: Romance

Two years back, Tamil cinema got a classic love story through the visionary director, Gautham Vasudev Menon. His decision to remake the film in Hindi was a bold one but something which raised the expectation bar to the highest. So does the film meet the expectations? Does it have the same effect of VTV? In other words, same passion?

Ekk Deewana Tha is a scene by scene remake of VTV with Javid Akthar penning the dialogues and Gautham handing the direction and screenplay. The film starts and 30 minutes into the film, one can might fail to feel the empathy or the chemistry for the characters. A shocking feeling for a Gautham’s film, but the lack of romance surfaces throughout the film. Dialogues do shine at many instances but other negatives such as casting and performance make a huge hindrance to recognize that. The film is relatively shorter than VTV, but surprisingly the length of the film can be felt at the interval.

The film has the same screenplay as the original classic but what works against it? Firstly the casting. The girl-next-door look which Trisha had in the original is missing greatly in Amy Jackson who looks lost at many scenes. Her role as a Malayalee is not convincing and her lip sync is relatively poor but could not blame her also. Her contribution has to be admired keeping in mind that Jessie’s role is never an easy role to play for even a person who knows the language well. Prathik is just ok but sadly looks very inconsistent. He literally struggles at the climax scene.

The passionate visualization of VTV is seriously missing in Ekk Deewana Tha as most of the scenes looks half-heartedly executed. The most disappointing scene of the film can be pointed out blatantly at the climax conversation. It’s surprising to see almost the entire scene shot in just WS (wide shot) with no effect whatsoever. Technically , MS Prabhu’s cinematography is ok whereas Music from ARR is above average.

Verdict: In overall, Ekk Deewana Tha is a work which might not be the best of Gautham,  a good effort to recreate the magic.

Rating : 2/5


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