The My Friend Pinto actor’s next release is a solo hero film, but the response to the promo has been lukewarm
He arrived in Bollywood with a lot of fanfare in what was actually a glorified cameo in Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, but it has been downhill for Prateik ever since. Though he was pretty decent in Kiran Rao’s directorial debut Dhobi Ghat, he faced a lot of criticism for his act in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan. His last film, My Friend Pinto, also sank without a trace and now Prateik is banking on Gautham Vasudev Menon’s romantic musical, Ek Deewana Tha. It is a remake of Menon’s superhit Tamil film, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, and it also happens to be Prateik’s first solo hero film. The music for Ek Deewana Tha has been scored by AR Rahman and that itself should ensure a decent opening for the film that also stars Amy Jackson and Manu Rishi Chadha. The initial response to the promo has not been very encouraging – almost everyone who has seen the Tamil version says that Prateik doesn’t fit the part of a passionate lover who is also an aspiring filmmaker. Expectations are high, thanks to the fact that both the Tamil and Telugu versions of the movie have been huge hits. It also marks the comeback of Menon to Bollywood after a long time; remember the R Madhavan-Dia Mirza-starrer Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein? While it is too early in the day to make any judgements about the film itself, we wish all the best for Prateik and newbie Amy. Do watch the trailer and let us know if you like it.