Fri, 27 Mar 2009 17:34:27 GMT

Review: 'Ek - The Power Of One'

'Ek - The Power Of One' takes you back to the cinema of yore.

Review of Ek - The Power Of One

A criminal gets reformed when showered with love and affection from the parivaar. Recall the Meena Kumari - Rajesh Khanna starrer 'Dushman'. 'Ek - The Power Of One' isn't 'Dushman', but it belongs to the same family.

In actuality, 'Ek - The Power Of One' is the Hindi remake of a super-successful Telugu film 'Athadu', which starred Mahesh Babu as the criminal and Prakash Raj as the cop.

A subject like 'Ek - The Power Of One' packs just about everything that pleases the hoi polloi. There's a really big parivaar [emotional quotient], a childhood sweetheart [romance], a joke-cracking cop [light moments], a double crosser friend who's hand-in-glove with a politician [drama] and loads and loads and loads of action.

'Ek - The Power Of One' isn't new-age cinema by any standards, but it holds your interest at several points, especially the penultimate 20 minutes. It's strictly for those in a mood to catch a mass entertainer.

Nandu [Bobby Deol] is an orphan. Opposition leader Anna Mhatre [Sachin Khedekar] hires Nandu to assassinate him, while he is addressing a rally for his election campaign. But just before Nandu is able to lock his target, another shot is fired, leading to the cold blooded murder of Anna Mhatre. Nandu is shocked; he manages to make an escape by leaping onto a running train.

On the train Nandu meets Puran [Akshay Kapoor], a simple boy from Punjab who is returning back to his homeland after a long gap. Puran, in his excitement of returning to his family after so long, narrates his side of the story to Nandu.

The police, however, have not given up their trail on Nandu and when the train halts at the next station, Nandu discovers this. An officer spots Nandu and aims a shot at him which accidentally hits Puran, who dies on the spot. By the time the police converge into the compartment, they find Nandu missing.

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