EK - The Power of One Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film
Ek The Power of One would be fortunate to have the power of a one week run at the boxoffice.
Mar 28, 2009 By Ashok Nayak

Which was the last Bobby Deol film that clicked at the boxoffice? Apart from a short role in Dostana, you have to go way back to 2002's Humraaz which did well and also earned Bobby a nomination for the Filmfare Best Actor. Since then it has been down hill, back-to-back disasters, poor performances, extreme criticism; Bobby Deol has seen it all. Yet Bobby has managed to survive in the industry. How, is a question that is really hard to understand.

Ek The Power of One directed by Sangeeth Sivan (Kya Kool Hai Hum, Apna Sapna Money Money) is a remake of Mahesh Babu's Telugu film Athadu and is yet another solo Bobby Deol film. Shriya Saran has been signed on as the lead actress, the talented Nana Patekar has a supporting role.

Nandu (Bobby Deol) an orphan turned assassin somehow gets wrongly accused of a politician's murder and is on the run. On his escapade on a train he meets Shekhar (Pradeep), who is homebound after fourteen years, they get chatting and Nandu finds all about his joint family and the wedding of Shekhar's cousin that he is going to attend.

However the police catch up with Nandu on the train and shoot at him but Shekhar shields Nandu and dies on the spot. Nandu goes to Shekhar's family home in his village to return his grandfathers watch and also to break the news of his grandson's death to him. However it turns out that Shekhar's family mistakes Nandu for Shekhar and makes him a part of the celebration at home.

Preet (Shriya Saran), who is the daughter of Shekhar's grandfather's friend is in awe of Nandu and falls in love with him. CBI Inspector Rane (Nana Patekar), is given the responsibility of tracking down the killer and is after Nandu. Will Nandu be able to come out of the crisis a winner?10 mins into the film and you can safely add Ek The Power of One to the long list of Bobby Deol disasters. When will Bollywood film-makers realise such 70ish films dont work no more! Its one of those age old hindi films that has the typical Hero, caught up in a mess for no fault of his. How he fights against all odds and proves his innocence forms a major part of the film.

Such outdated - boring stories that lack an iota of originality or intelligence, will be rejected outright by the current generation of Bollywood audience who have considerably matured over the years. The poor music, camera work and dialogues reduce the 'power of one' to sit through this awfully horrible film.

Bobby Deol is poor, lack of acting talent is quite clearly visible on screen. This guy should finally retire now or atleast give up solo film offers. Playing the character of a father, especially one that doesn't need to emote much, would suit him best, as the age is also beginning to show on the actors face. The beautiful Shriya Saran has been wasted, quite disappointing. Nana Patekar is good. The rest have nothing to offer.

To sum up, Ek The Power of One would be fortunate to have the power of a one week run at the boxoffice.

Ashok Nayak