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CINEMA Prateik and Amy Jackson talk about Ekk Deewana Tha

The original was in Tamil, “Vinaithandi Varuvaayaa”, then it was remade in Telugu, “Ye Maaya Chesave”, and finally now in Hindi, as “Ekk Deewana Tha”. If intrigued by the remakes the original has spawned, Prateik, the hero of the Hindi avatar, has a rather simple justification for it, “If the film has been liked so much earlier then why not?... if the film has enjoyed so much success in Tamil and Telugu, then it might as well be showcased to the Hindi filmgoers.”

The film narrates the travails of a young couple from different communities (Hindu and Christian), who fall in love and strive to be together in the face of familial antagonism and their own weaknesses and foibles. Prateik plays the role of a young engineering graduate with elusive starry dreams of making it big in the film industry. He is in love with a Syrian Malabar Christian girl next door from a conservative family, played by debutant and former Miss Liverpool, Amy Jackson.

The Hindi version, released this past Friday, is directed, scripted and co produced by the director of the original Tamil and Telugu remakes, Gautham Menon, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. They have also chosen to retain the tunes created by A. R. Rahman for “Vinaithandi Varuvaayaa”. In fact, the film is being touted as a musical, weaving the magic of Rahman and Akhtar. If the popularity of the song “Hosanna” from the Hindi version is anything to go by (it has got over million hits on a social media site), the spell could be fairly cast.

Prateik says, “It falls more in the genre of romantic drama, where it tells about a boy and girl in their early '20s who have fallen in love for the first time. It captures the various moments in a simple and no-frill relationship between two very ordinary people…at the heart of this film is a very simple love story, there is no make-believe, no forced glamour, nothing which goes over the top.”

Debutant Amy waxes eloquent about the “great launch pad this film has provided… and truly excited to be a part of this project. “It has really been a great fortune to work with such a great team in one's first film.” Further, she also unveils her plans of improving upon her Hindi and vests her hope on the director, “I have seen “Vinaithandi Varuvaayaa” many times over and I am sure he would be able to shape my character according to the tastes of the audience.”

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