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Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Both Shiv Darshan and Natasha Fernandez are clearly in need of brushing up their emoting skills and dialogue delivery before they have another stab at a substantial screen role. May be the collective poor showing of the actors here isn’t entirely their fault: Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha is a train-wreck of a movie. It would have been better off staying on the computer screen it was scripted on. That would have spared the actors the blushes.
Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Director Sunil Darshan, also to be blamed for the story and screenplay, had noble intentions to relaunch his son in this film. But they don’t translate into a story worth enduring or a a film worth suffering. Despite its crisp runtime of 105 minutes, the film seems like a million-hours-long, courtesy the countless songs by Nadeem, who seems to have emerged from the woodwork to compose uninspiring numbers.
Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha Review by Reza Noorani on The Times Of India
The performances by all, including Upen Patel, Shiv Darshan and Natasha Fernandez, play out like actors in an school play. The music resembles an easily forgettable nineties cassette tape with both sad and happy versions of the same song. Yet, there’s a lot in terms of music for die-hard Nadeem fans if they’re still stuck in that era. The film belongs to the nineties, which was a simpler time when audience may have bought such an absurdist premise. But with a script that suffers from a serious case of ADD, you will just be mildly amused. Go for this if you dig films that are so bad, they’re actually good.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Why am I recounting details of time long gone by instead of telling you about Suneel Darshanís 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nevertheless full of colour and music: Suneel, who clearly hasnít kept up with the times, comes up with a hopelessly outdated series of reels, reeking strongly of mothballs and terrible acting all round.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, itís 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?
Review by Arnab Banerjee on Deccan Chronicle
Director Darshan tries to employ intriguing characters to heighten some of the suspense, except that itís all ultimately made unwatchable by the exceptionally clumsy cast as the story veers towards the downright silly. Itís too bad he didnít have a script in place; neither did he offer any piece of advice to his son to so much as learn a few basics to remove stiffness from his body while facing the camera. He surrounds the love story with such boring mumbo-jumbo about time travel, greed, conspiracy that we finally just donít care. About the film still getting half a star? Well, the only good thing about it is that itís only 105 minutes long!
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The movie continues to run through bizarre events and songs shot on the picturesque locations pop up helping things to go further haywire. The movie goes on hammering the test of patience and tolerance quotient of the audience and winds up with the most bizarre end seen in recent times. It has all – love, treachery, ghost, dost, re birth but the 14 days of grace from the God by the already dead Shiv is something that should be preserved as the most insane example on how a filmmaker can be so out of sync and times.
Review by IANS on Sify
On the production front, the film is technically well-mounted with ace production quality. The frames captured by cinematographer Amarjeet Singh are artistic and noteworthy and astutely layered by editor Archit Rastogi. The music rendered by Nadeem Saifi of Nadeem-Shravan fame offers tunes that are so reminiscent of his 1990s hits. But, they by no chance elevate the viewing experience. Overall, it is unbelievable that this film is mounted by the seasoned filmmaker Suneel Darshan, who had earlier delivered films like Jaanwar and Andaaz.
Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha Review by Indiaglitz
Director Sunil Darshan returns back with a cluttered love story, which rides high only due to its music and initial forced sensuous moments. One cannot feel the pain, love and drama happening in the film. The super faulty screenplay is damaged further more due to stale direction. Shiv Darshan fails to act. His expressions are wooden and lacks the hero mannerisms. Natasha Fernandez looks good but acts terrible. Upen Patel still cannot act.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
There are so many songs, and the songs are each at least five minutes long, you wonder if it is the same director who gave us pulp movies of Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol. The music of Nadeem-Shravan seems ancient and out of place in the movie.
Review by Joginder Tuteja on Movietalkies
Is it just a triangular love story? Is it a supernatural affair? Is it a murder mystery? Is it a suspense thriller? What exactly is playing out there? All of this may have been okay as well had the narrative been cohesive. However what you get to see a spinning together of scenes that just do not connect with each other. What further baffles you is the fact that despite Suneel Darshan keeping the film’s length to just 100 minutes and six songs filling up around 30 minutes of this duration, it is tough to make much sense of the remaining 70 odd minutes. (Spoilers ahead) Picture this. Right at the beginning there is a tale being told about a ‘adhuri prem kahaani’ half a century ago. So just when it is established that there is indeed an ‘aatma’ from the past which is back, you realize some time later that perhaps this was all a made up story. Just when you start believing that, another twist comes where you start doubting the earlier story. You somehow come out of that too when the first theory is back in the action. By the time it all comes close to the conclusion, you are presented with a finale that totally baffles you.
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