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Nothing could be more dead than this film

  • Ameet Bhuvan

    Ameet Bhuvan (2,108 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - January 07, 2014 2:03 AM IST
    3.7DM (2904 ratings)

    Verdict - Insipid acting and laclustre script make it a long bore

    Ekk Deewana ThaRelease date : February 17, 2012

    Personally I never understood who and how the two southern versions of Ek Deewana Tha worked in the first place. Perhaps it was the star power, or even the brilliant musical score by Rahman, or the acting per se, that made a connect with the audience.

    Ek Deewana Tha sadly has none of it. It is an insipid love story told for an awefull two hours 40 minutes killing you with boredom every second.

    Prateik plays an aspiring filmmaker who falls in love with Amy, a Malayali Christian who is an year elder to him and has parents who hate movies. Needless to say, family is against the love, but what also is a twist in the story is that apart form the age, occupation and religious differences, Amy's character Jesse herself is not sure if she loves Prateik.

    Director Menon, known for bringing out nuanced human emotions and shades of love in his leads, tried to bring out a simmering fire between the leads while telling the story of doomed love. What kills his chances from the word go are the actors themselves, who cannot act to save their lives.

    Prateik Babbar is endearing. His awkward tics are in tune with the character's awkwardness in the initial parts of the film. Then on, once the role demands depth, our hero is paralyzed. His screen presence is warm, now if only he could act too.

    Amy, the Brit import is the other miscast in the film. Why would one chose a Britisher to play a conservative Malayali girl is beyond me, especially when something as simple as retaining an even shade of tan on her through the film seemed like a huge challenge. Her voice is dubbed, her acting sorely missing, the only good she has done for the film are the few rare places where she looks pretty.

    The other major flaw in EDT is it's music. Rahman obviously should stop remaking his own classics in Hindi. Especially with such sad lyrics as in this film. The songs lack life, are ridiculous to listen to and badly presented.

    EDT was billed as a Rahman musical, the big love story this season of love. IT is neither ending up flat on its face. Stay clear.

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