Once upon a time a new director graced the Tamil film industry.
He soon gained name and fame with some very successful films.
The simpletons from Tamil Nadu started taking him seriously as a director and that’s when this fellow realized these fools will lap up anything he throws their way.
First he pissed on them, then he farted in their faces and after seeing that they took it all willingly he moved North to try the same at the national level.
This fellow has now turned his ass towards the audience, spread his butt cheeks with his hands and let go a delousing dump on movie screens worldwide.
The jackass is none other than Gautham Vasudev Menon.
Ekk Deewana Tha is Written, Produced and Directed by Gautham Menon.
It is the remake of his Tamil movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya.
Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson play the lead roles in this utterly boring movie which will most likely do no good to their nascent careers.
For the 3:15 pm Matinee show the number of people who saw the movie was 1 – yours truly. An old man walked in just as the movie started but before I could take the first sip of the soda he walked out and on his way out he stopped and stared at me for a couple of seconds.
When the movie was about to end the cleaning lady came with her broom. She waited for a bit to see if I would walk out and then gave up. Such was the response to GVM’s Ekk Deewana Tha.
Story & Screenplay
From the fossils, Gautham Menon’s has unearthed this story and unleashed it on the unsuspecting Valentine’s weekend audience.
The story and characters are as old as dinosaurs.
The shoddy treatment and sluggish screenplay makes this already pathetic movie rank among the worst mainstream films ever released in Bollywood. It gives close competition to Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag.
The story is about a jobless Sachin (Prateik) from a Maharashtrian Brahmin family falling in love at first sight with Jessie (Amy Jackson), a Malayali Christian.
If the love at first sight scene is one of the most poorly enacted clichéd scene of Indian Cinema, the rest of the movie (2 hrs 20 minutes) is about Sachin trying to court Jessie, a library of poor dialogues, bad acting, and horrible direction.
To keep the movie interesting Gautham has thrown in a totally unexpected and never before seen twist, turns and plot-lines such as:
Ø The parents, especially Jessie’s are against the love
Ø Jessie’s parents want to marry her away to a NRI
Ø Jessie has a brother who is a thug
Ø Sachin has a Man-Friday Anay, whenever he needs ideas or moral support
Ø Jessie’s dad does not know who Amitabh Bachchan is, Jessie does not know who Mohanlal is and their family hates movies. While Sachin becomes a Assistant Director to Ramesh Sippy (the maker of Sholay!)
This never before seen drivel also moves at snail’s pace making you feel you have overstayed in this world just too long.
At the end of it I felt as if I had a prostrate examination at the hands of Gautham Menon.
To top all this all the important scenes are executed in the most senile way.
If the love at first sight scene was horrid, Sachin’s “I love you” scene comes as premature ejaculation.
The move goes like this…
Jessie is going someplace – Sachin “accidentally” meets her – they talk – then they fight then she goes away – then ARR howls a song in the background – then Sachin takes his friend’s advice
Jessie says I don’t like you, there is nothing between us – then they meet over coffee and do lovers talk – then she says I hate you and walks away – ARR starts singing again – Sachin takes his friend’s advice.
Once in a while they land up in Kerala looking for Jessie and then it’s time for the Aromale song.
Like this, the whole movie goes on and on and on like a Zombie.
Towards the end Sachin makes a movie on his own love story, then watches the movie with Jessie then goes to theaters to see audience response.. What the fu#k!
Poor Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson fall prey at the incapable hands of Gautham Menon as they suffer one bad scene after other.
While I would like to be sympathetic to their plight I cannot also turn a blind eye to their inadequate acting capabilities either.
Both of them come across as reluctant actors who have a problem with emoting, expressing, delivering dialogues and well… everything that comprises the word acting.
If Prateik is hopelessly fake in the love-at-first-sight scene, Amy is clueless about facial expressions.
If Prateik is completely wooden in most scenes, Amy has no idea how to deliver her lines.
Like this, they match each other step by step.
And what is with Amy Jackson’s skin tone? Why does it look as if someone wiped their dirty hands over her face??
Have they tried to blacken her because she is playing a South Indian? 🙁
And why do the black patches on her face appear at different places in each scene?
The creature who wrote the dialogues for Ekk Deewana Tha should be made to watch RGV ki Aag back to back 10 times.
I have never heard such banality in the dialogs in a very very long time.
The quality ranges from incredibly stupid to horribly mundane.
For example: –
Ø Dil kya keh raha hai? Jessie Jessie??
Ø The first exchange between Amy and Prateik after the love at first sight – Mujhe bhi math acha lagta hai lekin math ko mujhe pasand nahi
Ø “I lo” bol diya “ve you” reh gaya
Ø Sachin: Jessie I want to make love to you all the time; Jessie: Kya bol rahe ho Sachin? Aise mat bolo!
Ø When Jessie says her parents will not accept their love Sachin responds with “Haath jodo, ro-o, khana mat khao kuch din”
Ø In the confrontation scene with Jessie’s brother Jerry – Sachin: Yeh koi acton film nahi hai. Naahi koi love story
Ø Iska jawab mere baap ke baap ke baap ke paas bhi nahi hai
Ø Jessie: Yeh sab meri wajah se ho raha hai; Sachin: Yeh sab pyar ke wajah se ho raha hai;
Naveen: Yeh sab us kutte Gautham Menon ke wajah se ho raha hai
ARR is usually very reliable but in this movie he comes across as very ignorant about the timing of BGM and songs.
Some songs are totally out of place and irrelevant to the scene like a hip-hop song when Sachin is sad.
The album for the most part is a repeat from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya. The audio album is quite good but it somehow seems very jarring in the movie as does the BGM.
Aromale was the pick of the songs for me.
If you walk into this movie clean shaven you will come out with a beard and gray hair.
At 2 hrs 30 mins. it seems like 2 years before you walk out of the theater.
Amy Jackson does give a warning very early in the movie she says “Apna time mat kharaab karo. Koi faida nahi hoga.” I should have taken her advice.
For Valentine’s day this is a perfect breakup movie. Your girl will leave you 10 minutes into this film.
If you have any respect for your time and good sense then stay away from this mind-numbing crap.
By the way, the lunatic Menon has given this movie two endings – a mass version and a “Directors cut.”
I don’t know which ending I saw but either way I was fu#ked.
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