Mumbai films are moving ahead. Old values are being thrown aside as Indian cinema goes in for a global reach. A manifestation of this is the film Ek tha Deewana a film starring Prateik and a girl named Amy Jackson. Prateik is well known as the son of Raj Babbar and Smita Patil. The surprise package is Amy Jackson who is a girl from England. The fact that an English born girl is cast as heroine is a welcome change and shows that Indian cinema is heading for globalization.
The film is a remake of a Tamil film and is directed by S Menon. Music is by Rehman and Javed Akhtar. The story concetns the familiar theme of love at first sight. Prateik sees Amy and falls in love with her at first sight. Amy is a Malayali Christian from Kerala while Prateik is a Hindu. This creates a delightful mix of love and tension. The girls father and brother oppose the match and this creates tension.
The film races forward with delightful shots of Goa and Kerala. The scenic beauty of Kerala is excellently exploited. The film has a fast pace though at places it could do with some editing. Its about 20 minutes too long.
The cake with the icing is Amy Jackson. Its rare to see a English girl in a sari, but her appearence whets your appetite as she looks fetching in a string of saris. She looks lovely and sexy and carries herself with aplomb. Her love scenes with Prateik are simply a delight. Prateik also does well, but to rise up he will require stronger roles.
The film should do well at the box office and maybe Amy will be cast by the Johars and Chopras of the Mumbai cinema. That will be the icing on the cake for this lovely girl. I recommend this movie for all, old and young. Rating? Three stars on a five point scale.