The Season of Love Continues…

[Rating: 3]

Director: Gautham Vasudev Menon

Cast: Prateik Babbar, Amy Jackson, Manu Rishi, Sachin Khedekar, Ramesh Sippy

Synopsis: Sachin is a 22-year old engineering graduate who is a struggler in the film industry where his days are only made up of waiting and surviving on his father’s pocket money while desperately trying to make an entry into any of the main film camps- there is nothing that makes each day worth looking forward to for him, until he sees Jessie. Jessie is beautiful, elegant, smart and classy. But she belongs to an orthodox Malayali Christian family where watching movies, partying or falling in love are completely taboo. While Sachin battles with the idea of someone like Jessie and her family living in 21st century, modern Mumbai- he finds himself increasingly attracted to her. Jessie, however, tries to forge a friendship between them- believing that concealing their feelings under the facade of friendship would save them heartache, tears and a full blown family drama. EDT is the intense yet feel good love story of these very different characters as they understand the pangs and pleasure of first love while battling with the situations that life throws them into.

Review: They say matches are made in heaven, like God really had no other work to start playing cupid now, while so many of us love-struck beings have believed that Cupid had a JD (Job Description) before he came into being! So much for the mush, the love, and subsequently ‘The Broken Heart Syndrome’.

Valentine’s Day just went by and the papers, few websites, television adverts, radio channels amongst others were rife with talk about the same thing called Love (seen differently by different people, of course). And during this phase you read and hear many stories about other people, and might I say, not everyone enjoys them. How difficult must it be to "make anyone’s dil go hmmm" – that is an acquired feature from a very hummable song from the Yash Chopra franchise, Salaam Namaste.
Nonetheless, the ratio of romantics versus cynics is always higher. So storytellers, filmmakers and everyone in that genre have little to worry.

The latest story in question is that of Sachin (Prateik Babbar) and Jessie (Amy Jackson) full of all the masala one can possibly think of like Sachin termed it – Panga. There is a caste panga, there is a daddy and big brother panga, there is an age panga and most importantly his lady love herself is a panga. Now, if I were planning to serenade someone standing under their window, the last thing I would call them is a panga. But to each their own, it’s his love story after all.
So Sachin is a jobless mechanical engineer who is trying to make a headway into film direction because he finds his calling there, best of all, his parents are supportive of him. What more can a jobless young adult ask for? A love affair full of all the troubles that makes it only a far-fetched one!

Our man here, Prateik, falls in love with Amy as soon as he first sees her walking towards him, in a black saree with her jet black hair falling on her slim shoulders. ‘Tis like that strike of lightning – one flash and it’s all gone! Heard that somewhere? Let me help you, it was a line out of the director Gautham Vasudev Menon’s last hindi release 10 years back, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein which marked R. Madhavan and Dia Mirza’s debut in the Hindi film industry. RHTDM was a remake of Tamil film, Minnale that released the same year as its Hindi counterpart. What took so long for Menon to make another mushy film for us to fall in love with, we do not know. All we know is the new kind of ‘deewangi’ as learnt from ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’. But the boy is not only deewana, read madly in love, the girl is equally "deewani" about him just doesn’t know how to confess, with all the family, caste etc. pressures on her.

What’s amazing is how the screenplay looks at all these issues many young adults face. It is a clean romantic film made with a great amount of sincerity to suit their TG. While "Ekk Deewana Tha" was a remake of the Tamil film called "Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya" that was dubbed into Telugu as "Ye Maaya Chesave", it had an individual feel to it. Prateik was charming in his role, he is polishing his acting skills, and the effort shows. Sachin Khedekar, Manu Rishi, Babu Anthony, Ashwin Kakumanu were all convincing in their roles however short they were. Not to forget Ramesh Sippy’s short yet sweet role as a director who Prateik aspires to work with. The female lead played by Amy Jackson (seen first in Madharasapattinam) needs some amount of scrutiny. Her attire was well thought of and fit for the role of a girl from an orthodox family. What I fail to understand is our fixation with introducing a foreign face in Indian cinema, the girls are undoubtedly drop-dead gorgeous, but what with the dialogues? Are we losing the trust in an Indian face or acting and dialogue delivery is a far-fetched desire for a thinking audience? As a cherry on top, her complexion went from one shade light to a tad-bit tanned every few scenes. Amy would make for a convincing actress if she worked on her acting skills fulltime, if she is looking to be in India for a long time to come.

A.R. Rahman swished his wand again after Ranbir Kapoor starrer Rockstar, the music was good and peppy with a special mention to "Hosanna" that became a rage with the audiences and got into a controversy simultaneously. The lyrics have been penned by Javed Akhtar, so there are some great minds that have gone into making this film and it will receive accolades for what it’s worth. A good mushy watch on the whole shot in great locales.
Verdict: If mush and romance is what you look for, this is what should be your choice this weekend.

Saumya Sharma

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