Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha movie review: We rate this movie zero

Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha movie review: The film makes you recall, almost fondly, the schlocky, kitschy film-making of the 80s and 90s which was nevertheless full of colour and music. Director Suneel Darshan, who clearly hasn’t kept up with the times, comes up with a hopelessly outdated series of reel.

Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2017 2:19 pm
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Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha movie director: Suneel Darshan
Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha movie cast: Natasha Fernandez, Upen Patel, Shiv Darshan
Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha movie: Zero star

Once upon the late 80s, there were the Darshan Brothers (Suneel and Dharmesh) who made big-budget musical dramas fronted by big stars and catchy music. Between the two, they produced and directed a bunch of blockbusters— Lootere, Raja Hindustani, Dhadkan, Andaaz, Barsaat, Jaanwar, busily churning out one film after the other till about 2004-5. The Suneel-Dhamesh films were very much a part of the cinema of its time (foreign locations for the song-and-dance, and full-on melodrama for the rest of it ) and such stars as Sunny Deol, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor and Juhi Chawla benefited enormously from their popularity.

Both Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor went to the top of the heap with the 1996 Raja Hindustani — Karisma got a lasting makeover, and Aamir a lover-boy part which the audience of the day loved; the two shared a long, passionate kiss of the sort which would have given another filmmaker of the time, now CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, a major coronary.

Why am I recounting details of time long gone by instead of telling you about Suneel Darshan’s new film introducing his son Shiv Darshan in the lead? Because there is nothing to say. Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha makes you recall, almost fondly, the schlocky, kitschy film-making of the 80s and 90s which was nevertheless full of colour and music: Suneel, who clearly hasn’t kept up with the times, comes up with a hopelessly outdated series of reels, reeking strongly of mothballs and terrible acting all round.

If you must know, it’s about a pair of lovers and a ghost, and a villain of the piece, each as screamingly awful as the other. In the two hours I spent in the theatre, I was forced into asking why a once savvy filmmaker would do such a thing. Was it strictly about filial duty?

While you think up an answer, and do let me know if you come up with something, I will leave you with a couple of dialogues: ‘glue ka kaam hai chipakna, chipakte hain’ (gulp) ; ‘bed time story toh bahut sunaai hai, ab bad time story suno’. Bad time is right. And this last one, which pretty much sums up this so-called film, and my ‘mann ki baat’: ‘oh god yeh sab kya ho raha hai’.

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    Citizen
    Jul 3, 2017 at 2:19 am
    0 is a very generous rating for this nonsense film...it deserves a "- 10" rating at least. There were 5 people (including 2 of us) in the entire hall on a friday evening. I have never ever seen a worse film in my life....but we laughed our butts off at the horrible acting by each and every actor in this movie. Seems like the director was desperately fulfillng his son's childhood dream to be a "hero". How can anyone make such a horrible movie in this day and age, its really shocking.
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      Shivam Ratnakar
      Jul 2, 2017 at 9:08 am
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        Shivam Ratnakar
        Jul 2, 2017 at 9:07 am
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          Shivam Ratnakar
          Jul 2, 2017 at 9:06 am
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            Shivam Ratnakar
            Jul 2, 2017 at 9:05 am
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              Stev
              Jul 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm
              I think Indian Express should Change their movie reviewer. Shubra gupta is not fit enough to review any movie. Better He/she review herself first.
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                Raja Sinh
                Jul 1, 2017 at 9:26 am
                Your review is bogus, just as you, I am stopping to read The Indian Express for these type of C grade journalists- Mahiraj Jadeja Author
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                  NIRANJAN GUPTA
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm
                  Shubra gupta in my opinion you are such a bias and old hag of a film critic and bye gone journalist. Your photograph shows that you have been harassed in life. Your frustrated at ude of giving a Zero ek haseena thi ek deewana tha shows that you are a minus ZERO Journalist who may have a different agenda all together. Any way nobody reads your articles. Because we know that you are very frustrated. What right you have to give a Zero. You are a Minus Zero yourself.
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                    Stev
                    Jul 1, 2017 at 12:52 am
                    You are 100 right Niranjan Guptaji. This one is a third class and totally partial and paid review... disappointed with The Indian Express review. Sorry..
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