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Ek bada bore tha

  • Smita Vyas Kumar

    Smita Vyas Kumar (6,903 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - March 23, 2014 1:19 AM IST
    3.7DM (2904 ratings)

    Verdict - Too long, too alien to connect with

    Ekk Deewana ThaRelease date : February 17, 2012

    I did not know that Ek diwanaa tha is a remake of the directors original film in Tamil which was also remade in Telegu, but while watching the film I kept getting the feeling that it was a Tamil film dubbed in Hindi except that Prateik is not a Tamil actor. Wikipedia gave me this fact and it proved my suspicions right.

    The main characters of Sachin and Jenny are supposed to have been born Mumbaikars but do not act like Mumbaikars at all. Instead they mumble and fumble and behave like they are straight out of some village. They are neighbours but share none of the easy camaraderie that you would see of people living next to each other. Even the language they speak seems stilted and archaic. Anyway, they fall in love and then all sorts of things go wrong like parental opposition and misunderstandings between the two etc etc. The movie takes such a long time to arrive at its conclusion that you are really past caring what happens to thes tar crossed lovers in the end.

    Prateik is really weird in this role. Half the time he looks like a young boy clinging to his mama when he is embracing his girlfriend and the other times he wears strange white jackets and does Broadway type dances or rap numbers. Anywhich way you look at him, he looks too young and immature to be playing the role of a guy madly in love. Amy Jackson, in contrast, has a mature beauty about her and looks really good in saris.

    The songs by A. R Rahman are also a huge disappointment. Javed Akhtars lyrics also fail to inspire any romantic feelings within me. The songs again give you the feeling of being dubbed like the songs of Bombay or Roja were. The original Tamil soundtrack was a huge hit but I was not shaken or stirred by the Hindi version. Thankfully it does not have lyrics of the Telephone dhun me hasne waali kind of rubbish but still the words feel jammed in unnaturally. Using the original tune but changing the language is a huge risk to take and here it fails to succeed.

    The movie felt very alien to me. If it was set in another city then maybe the characters would have looked real. But here they all look like caricatures of their original characters. The only saving grace is the scenic shots of Kerala.

    This love story is too long in the telling, too convoluted in its narration and too weird in its characterization. Highly avoidable.

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