'Punjab power, anyone ?'
Bobby Deol is perhaps the most suitable known face and yet an unfit guy to play the protagonist of Sangeeth sivan's latest venture 'Ek - The Power of One'. While the audience would feel dejected to see any seriously competent actor waste himself in such a half-baked role, it makes tougher for audience to see him play an angry young man for the nth time, in this action drama that veers towards too many directions and ends up landing nowhere.
Sivan had attempted action thrillers to kick off his directorial career and failed. Then he ventured into double-entrendre humour and won himself some fame. Ek has the elements of both stylish action and risqué comedy and honestly it succeeds at them respectively somewhat. But all of this ‘masala’ doesn’t come out engagingly enough in this mish-mash of a film.
Ek infact starts on an interesting note with some great action moments and an interesting twist. The Dada-pota relation is nicely built too through a few abstract visuals but it stumbles after a while. Thw writers put down some gross stupidity on paper to keep things in motion. And most importantly, Loud Punjabis, Comic action scenes, wedding functions seem weird around a character who we cant empathise with.
Yeah, the film does come back a full circle with a clever twist and some great action, but a weak script will remain a weak script.
Yeah, Kulbhushan Kharbanda does lend some grace to this worn out character of an ageing yet hopeful dada-ji types. Also, Nana Patekar keeps the audience in splits with his deadpan humour. but the Problem lies with the protagonist and its essayer. Thanks to some poor writing in the most crucial section, Bobby Deol remains ineffective and seems to merely go through the motions.
Shreya Saran does nothing but provide eye-candy in a role that had no scope at first place. The rest are no great shakes either.
However, its not that bad for a decent time-pass either. but What it needed was some powerful writing and an even more powerful protagonist.
At one point in the film, a character blurts out after seeing Bobby, “Pehle dharma paaji dekha tha, phir sunny paaji aur ab yeh!”
How we wish we had one of them here too. The audience would have actually believed and actually enjoyed the action scenes atleast. Punjab Power is the word, Bobby. Go get it!
rating - 2.25