In Hollywood, ‘director’s cut’ isn’t an alien term. And now, Gautham Menon’s Ekk Deewana Tha is set to experiment with the concept in India too.
The Prateik-Amy Jackson starrer will release today with two different versions — the director’s cut, which will be released in select theatres in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, and the popular choice cut. And the audience can choose which one they prefer. Interestingly, the two versions will feature different climaxes.
“Gautham has kept all the details under wraps. The highlight of the director’s cut is very quirky, but while filming it, he fell in love with the ending and wanted it to be retained. And since not everyone agreed, we decided to come out with two versions of the climax scene,” says a source close to the film. Ekk Deewana Tha is a remake of Gautham’s Tamil film, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010). He also remade it in Telugu as Ye Maaya Chesave in 2010.
When contacted, Gautham says with a smile: “For me, this film is really special. I have thought of a new ending every time I have re-directed it. I have had to think differently for each audience while working on the same story. The Tamil audience is more receptive
to unusual endings.”
The trend of releasing director’s cuts was first introduced in the early 1980s in Hollywood, alongside the rise of the home video industry. Two of the first films to be re-released with these versions were Michael Cimino’s hit Heaven’s Gate (1980) and Ridley Scott’s Harrison Ford-starrer Blade Runner (1982).
A director’s cut is......a specially edited version of the film that is supposed to represent the director’s own approved edit. Market demands and limitations imposed on filmmakers by the production studio play a part in dictating the final version of the film. ‘Cut’ refers to the process of film editing, while popular choice refers to the version of the film that enjoys a wider release.