Movie Review: “Ekk Deewana Tha” Drives You Crazy for All the Wrong Reasons

Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson star in the A.R. Rahman musical, "Ekk Deewana Tha". (Photo: Fox Star Studios)

Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson star in the A.R. Rahman musical, "Ekk Deewana Tha". (Photo: Fox Star Studios)

While a tagline of “A perfect romance…more or less”, we wonder where the ‘more’ went and why we were just left with ‘less’ in “Ekk Deewana Tha”.

Sachin (Prateik Babbar), a 22-year-old mechanical engineer/aspiring filmmaker, sees neighborhood minx but homely sweetheart Jessie (Amy Jackson) and instantly falls in love. But after suffering through an initial period of unrequited love, and then a little bit of forbidden love, we wind up with a bitter aftertaste–and that’s only by the film’s intermission.

We don’t know whom to blame for this mess, but we can be kind enough to say that it doesn’t fall solely on one person. It’s a shame, considering the original Tamil and Telugu counterparts fared quite well.

The story is formulaic and trite–one that has been used time and time again, and dragged out to the point of no end. The difference in this case is that the plot progression and characterizations are so weak, that at various points you find yourself wondering where the story is going and how any particular scene is contributing to it.

The interactions and dialogues are not relatable or believable, with abrupt and unrealistic declarations of love that make you cringe. In fact, they’re essentially nothing short of awkward. Then throw in some obstacles that seem added just to lengthen the already unnecessarily long film, such as the fact that Jessie is forbidden to watch films on account of religion, and her family does not know who Amitabh Bachchan is. Yes, because that is the biggest issue here.

The editing is choppy, and the music is not A.R. Rahman’s best. Having said that, Babbar and Jackson should be applauded for doing the best they can in a horrible situation. Jackson shows minimal expression or range, but that can likely be blamed on how poorly her character was written and how confused she comes across. Babbar’s portrayal of a lovesick puppy leaves a bit to be desired. We all know he’s capable of acting, and so it’s unfortunate what is supposed to be a Romeo-type character comes off as a break-dancing stalker in need of a hefty restraining order.

The star of it all–the one that easily steals the show–is actually the location. Kerala has never looked more scenic or beautiful. And so, good job, Kerala!

Verdict? Skip it. All together. No, don’t even catch it on DVD.

Saniya Tabani is a contributing writer to Divanee.com.