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A dull romantic film adds twists in the end to put every thriller worth its salt to shame. And an attempt to mask stiff, expressionless actors with awful makeup and even worse dubbing.Read more
On the other end of "Valentine's Day" week is Ek Deewana Tha. Two boy-meet-girl films back-to-back might just get a bit much to handle, no?
Renowned South Indian director, Gautham Menon is known for creating moments in his romantic sagas. Though I have my doubts with his choice for the lead cast. Prateik Babbar's voice and dumbed-out expression have been a great put-off except for a couple of films in which he has bit roles. While his dumbstruck-in-love look might pass off in Ek Deewana Tha, I still doubt he'll be able to carry the film. Besides, Amy Jackson, who plays the other lead role, comes across as equally lost as far as dialogue delivery and variation in expressions go. Check it out -
Now, the only hope left is from the details of the story and moments that a love story can create. Though it's difficult to keep spirits up when the context is from the 80s that of a girl with conservative parents being pursued by a guy who belongs to a different cast.
Also, unfortunately for a movie touted as an A. R. Rahman musical, Ek Deewana Tha's music doesn't seem to impress either. Let's hope it works better as a part of the film.
Milliblog - "Largely customary soundtrack with only occasional highs."
Music Aloud - "7.25/10"
dunkdaft - "So, full marks to singers and composer. But seriously, lyrics messes it up."
Bollyspice - "2/5"
Happy Sing - "an awesome start, an almost perfect Hosanna, a lovely Sharminda Hoon, a romantically touching zohra-jabeen, and a lot many average to above average to even good other tracks. "
glamsham - "4/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
In the spirit of full disclosure, the 8.30 AM show I was booked for was cancelled due to a technical glitch. The 11 AM show that I rebooked myself for, started at 11.50. So bear in mind that I had a mighty, almost 4-hour long frustration pent up.
Even so, finally when the trailers before the show began, I dutifully reminded myself. "It's not the makers' fault. It's not Prateik Babbar's fault that
he can't act the show didn't start on time." As the film reels on, I tell myself, "Oh don't be so harsh even though you can do better make-up with your recently acquired knowledge about lip shades and sundry. This is a regional film trying to reach out to a wider audience. Accept those sensibilities." And stop talking to yourself. With that reprimand in about the 15th minute of the film, I promise to give the film a fair chance.
But Ek Deewana Tha didn't want it.
I was allowing myself to acknowledge that problems with inter-religion marriages persist and are not bygones of the 80s and 90s, even if we claim to have embraced the 21st century; that there is something very sweet and innocent about 'love at first sight' even if it is by a character you couldn't care for. I'm not going to be judgmental about what a good-for-nothing he is. I appreciate that having been fed on characters that are white or black, it's natural for me to get annoyed by a lead lady who is thoroughly confused about her priorities in life. It does happen in real life, doesn't it?
And then, I gave up.
Groping for slivers of hope isn't good enough. The actors have to look and feel real. Awful dialogue delivery + awful dubbing + awful make-up = total exasperation. In addition, this romantic film grows twists and turns, one would tire of, even in a thriller. More on that later. First, please tell me there is some news byte, somewhere, that talks about how director, Gautham Menon repents the choice of Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson. I haven't seen any of his Tamil films but I'm told that the Ek Deewana Tha's original is an amazingly touching film.
We could even have blamed Amy Jackson's dubbing for the lack of variation in intonation, but any one fish from Finding Nemo is more expressive than her and Pratiek Babbar put together.
It's a miracle then, that there were a couple of scenes that make you sense a spectacular moment between the two. There was even a misplace but well-done father-son scene between Sachin Khedekar and Prateik BabbarJust when you are beginning to get hopeful about some click between chemistry and biology, you are cut rather rudely into the next scene and land into the next abrupt event in the leads pair's life.
The background music adds to the chops from one scene to another and sometimes dishevels you bang in the middle of a film. That coming from a film touted as a musical by A. R. Rahman and Javed Akhtar. I don't know about them or Gautham Menon or the genius marketing team that came up with that tag-line, but my head hangs in shame.
What could still have been a sweet film in the blast-from-the-plast kind-of a way completely lost it in the last half an hour or so. In its attempt to do something different from the regular love story, we have writers going amok and finally confusing themselves like their lead character about what they want out of this film. The climax is such a cheat that one's you are through with it you realize, the relaxed, build-up of the whole film was with only this purposed in mind, as if all the writing energies were focused only on making the audience guess and double-guess. You realize that the first two hours of the film had nothing really going in them or for them.
I started out, hoping that I wouldn't let the frustration from the delay of the show come in my way of enjoying a romantic film. As I recount the things that went wrong, I wonder if some of you might think that I allowed that to come in my way of being completely disappointed.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...The second reason why EDT rises above a routine love story is Manu Rishi, who holds the film together with his natural style and entertaining one liners particularly in the first half. But if only he had something more to do in the script, it would have resulted in a much finer product for the audience.... full review
So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...Gautham Menon’s intention to create a fresh love story is fulfilled to an extent. However, the dragged storyline takes away the chance from the director to earn those brownie points for making Prateik and Amy’s performance impressive.... full review
So-So, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...Often draped in saris, she carries off the Indian outfit gracefully but the extra tan added to her skin-tone seems splotchy and absolutely unnecessary.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...works in places, but is filled with so many incongruities and strikes so many discordant notes that it is hard to get entirely drawn into the story. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, Anupama Chopra : ...Prateik is that rare thing - an actor blessed with effortless charm. He doesn't have to work too hard to make us like him. And even his obvious awkwardness in scenes that require more complex emotions becomes endearing... full review
Thumbs down, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...There’s something about Prateik that makes him fit the role of a bashful, nervous lover and he does well as Sachin, save for the moments when he tries to dance. Ergo, he should join the dance classes pronto.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...There’s none of the freshness and delight of young love, just the drudgery of a filmmaker short of ideas and actors who looked more puzzled than passionate. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Film Orbit : ...And the choice of that name for the hero is rather unfortunate. Each time someone in the movie called him by his name, a section of the audience bored out of their wits with the poor dialog delivery and the lack of chemistry between the lead actors, would shout, ‘Saaachin! Saachin!’ as they would at a cricket stadium.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...Song starts, music video plays, hero broods, heroine pouts, both dance. And then we go back to the baffling questions again: Will the couple get together? Won't they? ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Charming in a goofy sort of way, Prateik Babbar makes the film's first thirty minutes or so watchable even though very little happens here. His awkward body language and his nervous tics are refreshing... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...The other problem, of course, is the old North Indian Hindu boy versus the South Indian Christian girl pole vault. It makes the movie feel mothballed. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...With better direction and perhaps a little more sensitivity and with a faster pace, and better actors (oops, are they too many conditions?), it might have worked.... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Prateik and debutant Amy Jackson are – to put it bluntly – awful. They fail to transmit any of their angst and emotion to the viewer. Manu Rishi is the only solace with his wit, and without a doubt most of it has been improvised.... full review
Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...Good cinematography and great locations in Kerala make some portions a visual treat. Another redeeming factor is the absence of item songs and unnecessary sub-plots.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilp, Reuters : ...Adding to the mediocrity are the film’s leads — Amy Jackson looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights; scared out of her wits and doesn’t know where to look. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Dialogue has gems like Sachin telling the already offended Jesse, “I want to make love to you all the time.” Or super-cheesy lines like, “I’ll wait forever.” ... full review
Thumbs down, by Pritam D Gupta, The Telegraph : ...Prateik tries. Tries hard. He is earnest right through but is grossly miscast. The actor who started on such a promising note with the Jaane Tu… Yaa Jaane Naa cameo cannot be clubbed with an Imran or a Ranbir and cast in every other romance. He shines in a Dhobi Ghat but is not Deewana material.... full review
Wsuyanto: 4/5 Review on Ekk Deewana Tha Movie by Mohit Midda : A perfect romance More and More, its not less !! amazing movie http://twitter.com/Wsuyanto/status/170755074656698368/photo/1
undo_gundu: i cn say one thing dat "Ekk Deewana Tha" is such a lovely movie <3///// #Amy jackson <3
tohidivity: Ekk Deewana Tha is a cute and refreshing love story. Yes there are some glitches but the genuinity and beauty of first love is worth it
the_gypsygirl: saw Ek Diwana Tha...and can finally say that finally there's good hindi remake of a southie movie!! really well made
sujitgouda: "Ekk Deewana Tha" - a good movie and worth a watch for the picturesque sceneries of kerela.
sheru7: #Ekk Deewana Tha ...soft simple love story with soothing music
Shaitaniyat: Okay, watched Ekk Deewana Tha today. Not a patch on the tamil original, but still a good watch. If only the lead actors were different.
shailesh_v88: Today I watch Hindi movie "Ekk Deewana Tha".....Its nice love story....and also A.R.Rehman Sir done good job...Awesome sir....
rohanzodge: ekk deewana tha was fantastic...rahman's music was marvelleous...gautahm menon did the great job....bt not better than vinnaithadi varuvaya!
RJVipul: Ekk Deewana Tha bt ab Doo Deewane Hain, Prateek n Me. M soooo mch in LUB wd Amy Jackson :D Sachaa Pyaar Hogaya Hain!!!
ralfadalah: "Ekk Deewana Tha". What a lovely story ♥ #nowincinema
PoojaMenon: ekk deewana tha - Loved it for more reasons than one... Apart from the unsharable, one main reason - @PrAtEiK1986 (Beyond lovable)
pjp_: Just saw Ekk Deewana Tha - brilliant and refreshing! Amy Jackson redefines the image of a leading lady. Do watch! :)
Mohitpala: Ekk Deewana Tha, Thumps Up & Awesome Movie. » Ghost Rider 2, Good But not Upto Expectations...
LetsSocial: It seems like nobody like Ekk Deewana tha but i enjoyed the movie, its nice love story
KKAAKARSH: Ekk deewana tha #FTW . Nice lovestory. Prateik's moulded himself into a versatile actor. #JaaliJazbaat
kingheart_vtu: saw ekk deewana tha first day first show. superb movie, am loving it @i_am_amyjackson
jigar131: Ekk Deewana Tha ::i luvd it ..except a bit long though
jayrajpatil2: What an awesome movie Ekk deewana tha .. Prateik has done a super job.The music is memorable hossana...!!
itsmjhere: Watched Ekk Deewana Tha.... Genuine ....Fresh N the first movie which handles youth confusion and romance so well..
ishitabhojwani: Ekk deewana tha.. What a beautifully scripted love story.. Prateik Babbar looks really cute!
iammashd: #Ekk Deewana Tha ... The magic of VTV definitely lost in translation but it still sparkles with freshness. #fb
Hrishi137: Ekk deewana tha its really awsm movie plz watch .......awsm love story ....really m made
djkaustubh: Must Watch ! Ekk Deewana Tha ♥ Loved The movie ......... n Amy Jackson looks Awesome in her sarees ♥ ♥ ♥
chillygobi: Ekk Deewana Tha@ekkdeewanatha slow but a matured love storym
BrijeshGR: "Ekk Deewana Tha" is for only #romantic movie lover.. its only for #youngster ...
BeingAnooja: I saw Ekk Deewana Tha today.. Only 11 tickets were sold for the show.. But I quite liked the movie
anidubey2012: ekk deewana tha is simply a one of the best romantic movie after a long time.
aakash_muthu: happend 2 watch EKK DEEWANA THA wt a luv story.... hats off gauthamji....
61070rajesh: 'ek diwana tha' ek behatarin film hai.pratik & new heroin r doing very well.
zairabbas: Watched Ekk Deewana Tha w/ @furqancap n theatre mei bhi ek hi dewana tha - not recommended at all but i enjoyed coz i could relate to it :p
vaibhavkmr: Ekk deewana tha......worth a watch.....
PrateekG: Ekk Deewana Tha - a good romantic movie. but t could have been better.
pramod_kannan: Vinnaithandi Varuvaya ending was THE best, Ekk Deewana Tha is certainly not a bad movie... Loved Amy-Prathik Chemistry... #MadeForEachOther
patelprince1992: Watch d movie..ek diwana tha..sory ws gud..bt nid betr directn
iamsumitg: saw ekk deewana tha yesterday gud mvie..bt had expctd mre...jaane do bt felt gud after watchn amy
Gitishchopra: "Ek Diwana tha" takes off very well but fails to maintain in 2nd half! Xtra long unnecessary D'logues & stretched story lyk chewing gum!6/10
FridayBO: *Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal- 3.5/5, *Ekk Deewana Tha- 2.5/5 . #FridayBO
Forever_Geek: Ekk Deewana Tha is not at all a bad film. Watchable.
enperurajiv: Ekk Deewana Tha 6/10 really disappointed in what they took out of the original. What's added is interesting. Ending was bad!!
CinetalkByEros: Ekk Deewana Tha...I can say it's "Cute" movie... :-)
ashrita_atluri: Ok ekk deewana tha- watch it only n only for Prateik Babbar, he's just tooo good! And also dances superbly. Telugu version is much better.
_sudiksha_: Ekk deewana tha is not that bad..! :-P
Wolverin3: Ekk Deewana Tha was so bad that the only fun part was the ride to and from the theater.
UnleashedAsad: Ekk Deewana Tha is one of the movie where we have lots of great faces behind the screen but not on the screen
TheOnlyVibhor: Ekk Deewana Tha is ONE TRASHY FILM! Irony of the matter is tht Pratiek cannot act despite having a brutally talented mother like Smita! :(
svgan_in: Better to sell the re-make rights and keep off from Hindi.... at least., one wont lose their self confidence #ekk deewana tha
Surbhi2909: #Ekk deewana tha #Stupidmovies
SuperTusshh: Main hi woh "Ekk Deewana Tha" Jo 200 Rs bhar ke yeh Movie dekhne gaya with my GF ..She is not talking to Me Now :-(
sreyesravi: Ekk Deewana Tha.one good reason why you shouldnt believe numerology.
sobloodyawesome: Ekk Deewana Tha : cow-u cow-u, holy cow-u, why shit on white face-u
sharmarules: Ekk Deewana Tha aur vo gaandu tha.... ;-)
sharanyamanola: #Ekk Deewana Tha: Whatever happened to originality. Can we let some movies be ORGANIC!
Sethumadhavan: Ekk Deewana Tha-a slap on the faces of all the VTV fans,this one simply leaves you cold.
Sanjay0Deva: Ekk Deewana Tha Old wine in a new bottle ....better to leave it uncorked !!
Sachin_S_Rao: Best Example of an autobiography....Ekk Deewana Tha........By and for the producer of the movie.
SabkiBajegi: Yes! "Ekk Deewana Tha" the producer of the movie.
ruchinbecks: Ekk Deewana Tha. True. That Deewana who casts Prateik and Amy, adds an extra 'k' to the title and expects this to be accepted by the public.
RBtrary: Ekk Deewana Tha.... Achha hai Ekk hi tha... aisi species ke janwar jitne kam utne achhe... :P
ravi_savior: Ekk Deewana Tha .0.25/5 .Trisha and samantha were much better than amy.Prateik not so impressive.Only background score deserves applause
Rathore_Rajveer: watched ek diwana tha...don't know why bt it dint connect like #vtv... Both correctors were matchless in tamil version.
Rajhupant: Ekk Deewana Tha is a bloddy flop film.
RajBaddhan: (cont) Who on earth is briefing them on films like 'Dum Maro Dum' & Ekk Deewana Tha' to produce & distribute?! #bollywood
qureshij61: saw ekk deewana tha it was so boring
pranji: ek diwana tha fails big time
prabhateinstein: Ekk Deewana Tha.. Clueless...
Piyaa_Pathak: Ye rha guys @ekkdeewanatha ka haal jo ki expectec tha .@i_am_amyjackson poor acting. @PrAtEiK1986 learn hw 2 act. http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/ekk-deewana-tha-review/
phalinshah: Breaking News: Doctors have found an easy cure for insomnia. Patients are told to watch Ekk Deewana Tha.
odshek: #SaturdayUnfollow RT @Shaitaniyat Okay, watched Ekk Deewana Tha today. Good watch.
nitinmrajeev: haapy with the negative reviews, Ekk Deewana Tha is getting! Well-deserved :P
nitin_gunner: Ekk Deewana Tha? Achha hua ek hi tha, varna theatre mein se sabhi pagal hi bahar nikalte. ;-)
navu619: Ekk Deewana Tha FLOP!!!
NaveenAryan: Ekk deewana tha- only lyrics and music is good :) (Checked in at PVR Cinemas) http://www.facebook.com/pages/PVR-Cinemas/183833741658732
MsWizKid: Watch Ekk Deewana Tha for Amy Jackson and her saree's. She is HOT! Otherwise there is nothing in movie. Same "first love problems" and all!
mittaltushar: People hoping a good show in "Ekk Deewana Tha" were actually a failure in self . #sachKaSamna
meghu27: Nobody will, but those who are even thinking about it, don't watch Ekk Deewana Tha.
kshiraj: Gautam Menon fails to out do himself with his remake of VTV, Ekk Deewana Tha. Movies like VTV happens once in a lifetime. Hated the ending.
kapil_8985: Apparently, Ekk Deewana Tha is so bad that the few who go to see it are being ridiculed by the theater staff by being called Ekk Chu**** Tha
KachhaKela: Ekk deewana tha #StupidThingsPeopleDo
jenaanindya: Ekk Deewana Tha d chemistry is luke warm n d film is like a torture , @arrahman wid sporadic relief !
Jeelish: Ekk Deewana Tha: did I mention how pathetic the dialogues were? I mean, I have better conversations in my normal, day-to-day life!
Itsbollywud: ekk deewana tha name changed to ek prateik babbar tha! Torture movie of 2012!
iNishikant: "Ekk Deewana Tha" is a complete torture seeing Prateik Babbar as Romantic Hero! Amy still wins the young hearts. #epicfail
im_pawan03: 'Ekk Deewana Tha' is disappointing....Now wait for others..
iamjpk: Ekk Deewana Tha. Aur, woh chutya tha.
HIMKUJYOTI: 2 out of 5 RT @ZoomTV: How much will you rate ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ out of 5? #MyReviews #zoOmTV
harshil_sporty: Saw Ekk Deewana Tha today! Da best part of da movie was Kerela :D its beautiful.! I would suggest go take weed instead seeing da movie! :P
harsh4u: Rename Ekk Deewana Tha to Ekk Chutiya Tha.
funny_swamy: Insomnic? Sleeping problems?...dont worry! 'Ek Diwana Tha' is a sure shot solution for your misery.
DeepXP: Half way through Ek Diwana Tha. I was hoping that it was movie's ending but sadly I was wrong. Boring movie with great music. Bad direction
das4u2046: Fine saturday..saw a horror movie Ekk Deewana Tha
darshitgajjar: Ekk Deewana Tha ?? Achchha hua ek hi tha :/
CriminalSingh: "Ekk Deewana Tha" Bhai ka time kimtti tha.. tune mera time kharab kiya Karan.. tu to gaya
cprindia: Review : Ekk Deewana Tha: Never-ending nonsense : http://cprindia.com/ekk-deewana-tha-never-ending-nonsense/
CheekyLeaks: & Long legs?BAM!you got yourself a lead role in a movie that seems to be promising!what were they thinkin castin Amy in 'ekk deewana tha'?
chandrahasa: Skip "Ekk Deewana Tha", terribly slow movie with really bad acting. Its like rockstar with Nargis Fakri playing even Ranbir's role!
business_virus: #Ekk Diwana Tha.. Bhaiya jo tha woh tha, Jo h uski fikar karo :p could resist even for 20 mins yakkkk
bnandita: Brother, u made me go through a torture of 2 hours by making me watch Ekk Deewana Tha. I'll never forgive you!
bharath2192: Ekk Deewana Tha #suckedtocore
BeingKVT: Ekk Deewana Tha - for all actors its good movie, but very bad work done by script/story writers, n mainly director menon. movie was a fail
barath_sreelal: and so, The story ends by saying "ekk deewana tha flopped" :-D #fb
Bakkchod: Post,Ekk Deewana Tha, Ekk Prateik Bhi Tha.
AwwSoWaldorfish: Just saw 'ekk deewana tha' and destroyed my saturday night.
Awesomeshwar: I watched "Ekk Deewana Tha" and India vs Australia, both at the same time. Both turned out to be disappointing . Whatta waste of a Sunday !!
Ashokmeg: "Ekk Deewana Tha" 1 star out of 5star
apurvnagpal: Ekk Deewana Tha : my review : plodding, improbable, implausible http://apurvbollywood.blogspot.in/2012/02/ekk-deewana-tha.html
ankitrshukla: #ThingsThatBotherMe Ekk Deewana Tha (Aakhir Banaiyee hi Kyun)
Anilmaddala: Ekk Deewana Tha.. seen first day as it was said to be most awaited..... False alarm get a dvd and watch it. Better in Tamil and Telagu ;-)
alan_hosur: "Ekk Deewana Tha" - Better to skip it. It was just irritation and restlessness for the viewer. Casting Amy Jackson was a bad choice. #fb
akashmodi18: 1.5 Star Only ! Ekk Deewana Tha is lackluster. It does not have potential to spell magic with the viewers.
AjithS15: RIP Ekk Deewana Tha. Thfoo!
Abu125: Ekk Deewana Tha has nothing to go 'mad' over despite earnest efforts by Prateik & few well-shot sequences.
a_sricharan: something was lost in translation when vtv /ye maaya chesave was crossing from south to north industry .. #ekk deewana tha
5ankeT_paTeL: "Ekk Deewana Tha" A must watch for people need sleeping pills
_barcode: Ekk Deewana Tha aur deewanepan mein hi flop ho gaya
Not Interested in Watching, by guddu : Hmm
Yay! Thumbs Up, by App sabka jstar : i loved this movie too much and specialy amy jackson my favourite
Yay! Thumbs Up, by varun : feelings shown in awsem away..
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