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Ek Aur Failure, Distributors ke liye paseena!
Dec 25, 2005 02:54 AM 2396 Views
(Updated Dec 25, 2005 03:00 AM)





Well, my review may not be as drastic or severely against this movie as my title suggests. But the title is afterall a bottom line. Technically speaking, as per the sake of the makers, this movie recovered its investment and got a little profit too. So from a technical point of view, this movie isn't a flop. But distributors could've put a strong bet on Fardeen after he made a successful hilarious comeback with comedies like NO ENTRY and SHAADI NO.1. Being an FK Junior fan myself, I can't hide my feelings. To me, this movie is somewhere down the line a major setback for one of my favorite actors Fardeen Khan.

My review is going to be very objective and less severe to reiterate. As the makers of this movie themselves admit, EKEH is probably a movie much ahead of its times. Not only does it look like a HOLLYWOOD FILM, it completely lacks any and all ingredients that are there in a BOLLYWOOD FILM. We have seen the MUSAFIRs and the CHOCOLATEs and the works, but EKEH is a step ahead of them all. If the moderately successful MUSAFIR and CHOCOLATE only had sharp twists towards their finale, EK KHILADI EK HASEENA is a series of unconventional and unlikely and unrealistic twists for the most part.

The movie never stabilises on one track. There is a series of conning going on. No one is white or black. Everyone, from the comedian to the hero to the heroine too is grey in character. This alas creates so much confusion that the viewer looses emotion completely after a while. And a movie that lacks emotion and soul is never a winner in Bollywood. And rightly so, this movie has failed in this very area.

Thanks to some awesome promotion, slick trailers, and lilting music, the movie got a reasonably decent opening that recovered the investment, but the loss more importantly than money is that of human sentiment. PNC and the entire starcast and crew of the movie are now infamous names for the public. Koena Mitra exposing cheaply to even overtake the likes of Bipasha and Mallika and Neha and co. is just very tasteless. Certainly the choreography is hardly done with taste and it appears vulgar more or less during the movie. It's a shame that a song like the one is question (the beautiful JAL JAL KE DHUAAN) got such a cheap choreography. Simply unacceptable. Nextly, every character being so questionable and non-trustworthy may be a way for the makers to get just another twist in the tale. Alas for the viewer it is a pain to endure those two hours of continous deceit by one character to the other. Simply unbearable!

On the technical front, some things are done well. The camerawork, the cinematography, and the editing is commendable and fair at best. But it will surely be putting it mildly to say that these few highlights fall short of making up for the loose ends. Music, however, is another plus as the songs are very unique and rocking. However then again their placement and choreography is just unacceptable. You rather want to fast-forward those songs as they simply act as a dent in the already poor screenplay. Again, a pain for the viewer. If the story, scripting, direction, screenplay, and writing were all a failure, then one must add performances to this long list of cons as well.

K.K. Menon is the life of EKEH. Period. Unbiasedly I made my judgment that he gives Fardeen a tough time to keep intact with his mindblowing acting skills. K.K. certainly has a long way to go in Bollywood and with this awesome performance, he steals the show and reminds people to take a good note of him. In contrast, the Khan pair is a big thumbs down. While Feroz has nothing to lose what with people already calling him the bad luck factor of every movie he is in, Fardeen has a lot to lose with the failure of this movie.

With NO ENTRY and SHAADI NO.1, he gave his career a big up and with his wedding, his life overall must've been on a great high. His fans were proud of him and expected him to deliver well upto the expectations with his next flick. However, it is an understatement to say he disappoints. Even though he is functional as the con-man and does fit the role, the role is least likeable. It doesn't have the dynamics to make anyone look like a hero and besides it is a shame that Fardeen had to pick this role after all the successes he got. Just way too disappointing. As one of my favorite heroes, Fardeen could've been a biased thumbs up for me as his performance afterall isn't bad in anyway, but my thumbs down is an objective opinion so that he can pick it up and bring the best out of himself in future!

Gulshan Grover is adequate while Koena Mitra is more vulgar and confused than anything. No doubt she's hot and a guy like me can well appreciate the beauty. But if you are body beautiful minus soul, Bollywood is not the right place for you. Koena fans will be very disappointed as she totally lacks the magic of MUSAFIR in this one. Sharad Kapoor and Mukul Dev ironically reunite for this one as sidekicks after they had started their careers as the male leads in the same movie. How sad! As for their performance, they are both fair. So is Rohit Roy who gives a likeable performance as a small-time con-man.

Overall, EK KHILADI EK HASEENA is a big letdown for all to whom it may concern. The movie's status of a failure will keep on reminding makers with a Hollywood hangover that their ideas do not belong in this industry. Calling unconventionality as novelty is just not good enough here. Bollywood needs much more than this to be called novelty.

Please do drop in to my last pre-Christmas review.

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