The wise souls at SI have long held that Tamil film director Gautam Menon puts out mostly trashy films.
Menon’s Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) was a piece of junk.
But trash too finds eager takers in some quarters (hint: it’s a two-word South Indian state starting with T) and was lapped up by a troupe of monkeys who love to watch the antics of other monkeys.
A veteran recidivist, Menon has now unleashed Ekk Deewana Tha, the Hindi version of the aforesaid Tamil junk, to withering scorn from Indian movie critics.
A comeuppance, that in our not-so-humble view, is well deserved considering Menon’s repeated assaults on the craft of movie-making.
Here are excerpts from a sample of caustic reviews for Ekk Deewana Tha:
While there are directors who dig relentlessly for a new theme around which a rom-com can be built, there are others such as Gautham Menon who believe old cliches are the best plot points for a love story….And with the spark missing, the innumerable tiffs and make-ups and casual kisses just serve in endlessly prolonging the film….music doesn’t make an impact.
EKK DEEWANA THA fails to leave an impact for a valid reason: A beaten to death plot tends to stagnate after a point. Also, Menon overstays the hospitality by dragging the film in its second hour. Just when you think the story would conclude, Menon does a time travel and starts a new chapter in this never-ending love story. That, honestly, only makes this snail-paced movie a taxing and cumbersome experience.
Sometimes even the worst films can redeem themselves with a moment of lucidity. Just as you are struggling to make sense of Gautham Menon’s “Ekk Deewana Tha“, the heroine — in a fit of emotion — tells the hero “there is nothing here, no chemistry or anything at all. Nothing”. And just like that, she hits the nail on the head.
This almost three-hour romance is the cinematic equivalent of listening to someone scratching their nails on a blackboard. You want to pull your hair out and tell them to stop it already. Unfortunately, Menon seems to be in no mood to listen. Just when you think it’s all over, it goes on for a little bit more.
Nothing and nobody has the right to force this onto an unsuspecting audience….Menon’s unbelievably contrived direction is so loud and uncultured, that even basic filmmaking techniques including dubbing (easily the worst in recent Indian film history – quite the norm in South Indian films lately), sound-design and, wait for it, ACTING – have assumed lower priority in the pecking order of technical frailties.
Gautham Menon is not a good director, VTV itself was soooo boringggg….
This type of love just doesn’t exist these days.
Ekk Deewana Tha – Gautham Menon’s Folly
A Separation – Can SI review this movie, please?
I think this might just take the Oscars..
Sweetie, A Separation is not playing anywhere in a 75-mile (roundtrip) radius.
‘A Separation’ has been getting very good press lately. The director was interviewed on NPR recently. Apparently shot using a handheld camera on a $800K budget.
Netflix Instant has some fantastic finds from Iran, Turkey. Now that Korean flicks are getting some deserved attention, let’s hope the movie fraternity can give talented directors from these other regions some recognition.
BTW- Have you checked out Hulu Plus ? They are running a free 1 month promo, the movie collection is not as extensive as NF. However they do have some stuff that is not on NF.
Fascinating recent watches, thought I’d share
‘Bhutto’ on Hulu Plus – great story and a complicated tragedy – trailer here – http://www.hulu.com/watch/181658/bhutto
‘Senna’ on NF Instant Play – superb original footage, captivating story, masterful storytelling
Unfortunately, Philly (Ritz 5) is the nearest place for A Separation. That’s a 130-mile round-trip. 🙁
BTW, where did you see the 30-day promotion for Hulu Plus?
We have Hulu Plus on Roku but not activated yet. What we see is only a 7-days free trial.
Will wait for your response before activating it.Just found it – https://secure.hulu.com/plus/rokumonth