Gautham Menon is back to Bollywood with his second offering. The director tasted a big success with his Tamil movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, which he later remade in Telugu as Ye Maaya Chesave. Now, he has adapted the same iconic love story to Hindi as Ek Deewana Tha. Although he has his own dramatic and emotional moments, he fails to make the viewers completely absorb in the love story.
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa is a beautiful love story and Gautham Menon has changed several aspect including climax to suit the taste of Hindi audience in Ek Deewana Tha. Prateik Babbar's performance in the main highlight in it. AR Rahman's music, Javed Akthar's lyrics, Gautham's story, MS Prabhu's camera work and beautiful locations are the other highlights of the film.
Ek Deewana Tha is a usual love story, which has much needed drama and emotions. Gautham Menon has created some of the very beautiful moments to viewers in the first half. But his narration turns very slow in the second hour and a few episodes drive the viewers apart from the world of Sachin and Jessie.
Sachin (Prateik) is a BE graduate from a middle class family in Mumbai, but he wants to become a director. One day, he falls in love with Jessie (Amy Jackson) at first sight. But instead of having love affair, Jessie, who belongs to an orthodox Malayali Christian family, tries to forge a friendship between them. What happens next will form the crux of the movie.
Pratheik Babbar has intricate role and he has played it in an authoritative style. The Dhobi Ghat star has delivered a matured act. Amy Jackson also looks charming and she has carried off her part splendidly. Others like Manu Rishi, Sachin Khedekar, Babu Antony, Ashwin Kakumanu, Samantha and Ramesh Sippy have done justice to their respective roles.
AR Rahman's musical score is the major attraction in the technical front and the his composition 'Hosanna' is pick of everyone. MS Prabhu has contributed some stunning visuals and he has wonderfully captured the scenic beauty of Kerala. Manu Rishi's dialogues are commendable. However, editor Anthony Gonsalves could have cut short the length of the movie.
In a nutshell, Ek Deewana Tha is good romantic thriller and this can be good for this Valentine's season.
Producer: Gautham Menon
Director: Gautham Menon
Cast: Pratheik Babbar, Amy Jackson, Manu Rishi, Sachin Khedekar, Babu Antony, Ashwin Kakumanu, Samantha and Ramesh Sippy
Music: AR Rahman