It isn't all the same this weekend. Three films with different genres hitting screens should be a real fiesta for all film buffs... If Aa Dekhen Zara is about 'Supernatural Thriller' and Deepa Mehta's 'Videsh' a dramatic theme, Ek - The Power of One is a well-tailored commercial cinema for B and C Centres. Yeah! For those who had missed a hero skipping from air-to-grounds, running faster than a bullet train, cracking down at least 25 bullies and more, here's a perfect kickshaw.
'Ek - The Power of One' is a faithful remake of Mahesh Babu's Telugu film 'Athadu' which can be best regarded to be a different version of 'Tom and Jerry'. A cop with sense of humor chasing a gangster who's dwelling with hidden identity... It has a perfect mix of action, here-and-there humors, lots of sentiments, a long-time love story and an inexcusable traitor.
Appropriately, this isn't a gonzo flick... as you would've frequently seen such movies in Bollywood before couple of decades.
Nandu (Bobby Deol) an orphaned gangster is hired by opposition party leader Anna Mahatre (Sachin Khedekar) to carry through a political gimmick. Nandu had to barge the bullets close to the politician during a public meet, which will win him sympathy votes. Isn't that a smart move? Well, much before Nandu could set his focus from a rooftop, he's blown of waters to witness the politician's assassination. With no options left, Nandu runs into a train where he meets Puran (Akshay Kapoor). He's a boy from Punjab heading to meet his relatives after long time of his childhood. Meanwhile, cops have reached the next station where train will have its arrival. Turn the tables, there's a cop who loses his focus on Nandu and bumps off Puran instead. Much before cops could reach the train, Nandu has vanished.
To convey the news about the innocent's death, Nandu reaches Puran's ghar only to be misidentified. Aye! The family members assume Nandu to be Puran and emotions take over everyone as each one comes forward to meet him. Drenched in pains of being an orphan and gangster, Nandu for the first time tastes the sweet pangs of love and care from the family. Nandu sees the hidden pain in this family and yet the strength with which Puran's grandfather has held the family till date. His decides to remain there as Puran.
Thus Nandu now Puran starts living within the family as its own member. He experiences, love, care, pain and goes through a lot many emotions as he is showered by so much love from all within the family. He bonds the most with the grandfather and the eldest bhua. Gradually he also starts falling in love with Preet. Nandu has forgotten his past and becomes Puran, helping the family in all its needs as if the family is his very own.
In the interim, case pertaining to assassination of Anna Mahatre is handed to CBI Inspector Rane (Nana Patekar)... Fine! He's a brilliant guy cracking jokes to his best and on the pars close on tracks of Nandu's hidden place. When time urges both to encounter each other, Nandu has to gear up for his own investigations of raveling the mysterious death of Anna...
Will Nandu be able to come out of the crisis? Will Puran's family find out the truth? Who is the real killer of Anna Mahatre?
Sangeeth Sivan, who dangled with comedy entertainers jaise 'Kyaa Kool Hai Hum' aur 'Apna Sapna Money Money', goes for a bold attempt. Hats off to Sangeeth!! In this era where 'A Wednesday' and 'Rock On' kind of films are topping, Sangeeth presents an old-fashioned masala in a complete new package. As it goes, 'An Old Same SIM Card in a new mobile' (polished take on 'Old Wine in New Bottle'), he has embellished the clichéd tale with stylish technical aspects. Be it Peter Hein's spellbinding stunts or the sleek editing that enhances the powerful feels of thriller: they're fantastic.
Bobby has a fair comeback with his adept show. Nana Patekar steals the show with his witty behavior. 'Awarappan' and 'Mission Istanbul' could've disappointed Shriya, but the desolated girl has a convincing approach. Perhaps, she could've made it yet more impressive... Alongside, Sangeeth could've conceived something more innovative on delineating romantic sequences between Bobby and Shriya. He seems to have simply copycatted the Telugu versioned style. Pradeep enacting Bobby's friend does a superb performance and he can expect best offers in tinsel town. Jackie Shroff and Zareen Wahah dash down our hopes to a greater extreme... Again, Chunky Pandey slips out from this list by few marks.
The film goes flawless expect mawkish factors overloaded in tons. Every family member seems to be over-emotional. Again, the Telugu style could've been reworked for the adaption of Bollywood style.
Valuating 'Ek - The Power of One', the film is sure to make it big across B and C centres while miniscule audiences may term it to be 'absurd'. But that wouldn't stop the good business of this film...
Verdict: Ek - Dekho Ek Bar, Agar Tum Chaho