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    Default Ranbir was the first choice for Gautham's 'Ek Deewana Tha'

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    Critically acclaimed director Gautham Vasudev Menon's "Ek Deewana Tha" starring Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson is scheduled to release for Valentine's day on February 17. It is a remake of the smash hit Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya which had Silambarasan and Trisha as the lead pair.

    The filmmaker, who entered Bollywood with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein might be a lesser known name in Bollywood, but the director is one of most reputed and respected directors down South. Gautham has worked with the likes of Kamal Haasan, Madhavan and Suriya in the South So when the director decided to remake his super hit film ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya’ in Hindi as ‘Ek Deewana Tha’, the director approached India’s rising star Ranbir Kapoor. But the director was shocked that not just Ranbir Kapoor but even his secretary refused to meet him.

    “Ranbir was my first choice for 'Ek Deewana Tha'. I tried to get in touch in with. Forget about meeting Ranbir. I couldn't even meet his secretary. Yes, even the secretary refused to meet me,” said the director.

    The director said that the reason he stays away from Bollywood is that he feels like an outsider here and prefers to work down South where he is treated with such respect.

    “One reason why I've taken 11 years to make my second Hindi film is because I am comfortable working with the stars in the South, as they are with me. In Mumbai, I feel like a stranger. In fact I've had a number of offers to direct Hindi films. Vipul Shah wanted me to do the Hindi adaptation of my film 'Kaakha Kaakha'. I declined the offer. Nishikant Kamat directed the remake 'Force',” he said.

    But it looks like Ranbir Kapoor’s rejection has come as blessing in disguise for the director as his second choice Prateik and Amy’s chemistry in the movie has been getting rave reviews.

    “Our film is getting a positive vibe. People are saying the lead pair is looking good together,” he said.

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