Ek is a Hindi remake of Mahesh Babu’s Telugu hit film Athadu written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas.
Nandu (Bobby Deol) and Shekhar (Pradeep Kharab) are contract killers trained and tutored by Satya (Jackie Shroff). A politician Anna Mhatre (Sachin Khedekar) enters into a deal with the Nandu, whereby the latter
shoots the former in the arm and the politician may gain voter sympathy because of the alleged assassination attempt.
Even before Nandu could accomplish his act, someone else shoots and kills the politician Mhatre. The getaway car of Nandu driven by Shekhar is blown up. Chased by cops, Nandu jumps into a running train where he meets Puran (Akshay Kapoor) who is returning home after two decades having running away at a young age.
The police raid the train and in the melee, Puran is mistakenly encounter Puran. Nandu escapes the scene with Puran’s suitcase and his childhood memerobilia.
Nandu reaches Puran’s household and mistaken to be Puran. Nandu also meets Puran’s girl friend Preet (Shriya). Meanwhile, CBI officer Nandkumar Rane ( Nana Patekar) arrives at Puran’s house in pursuit of solving the politician Mhatre’s assassination.
The rest of the story deals with the unraveling of the murder mystery of Mhatre and the revelation of Nandu masquerading as Puran.
Bobby Deol gives an energetic performance as a killer for hire and shows intrigue mixed with compasdsion while masquerading as Puran. Shriya is stylishly ravishing just filling the glam-slot. Nana Patekar, as usual, very impressive as the investigating police officer.
All other artistes including Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Zarina Wahab are more than adequate in their roles.
The film being a remake, only slight changes have been made in the original story to bring in Hindi heartland nativity. The screenplay is tight and gripping.
The cinematography is very good and the action sequences choreographed by Peter Hein can draw the front benchers. The music is OK and so are the other technical aspects.
Ek ..The Power of One is an out and out mass masala film aimed more at the Hindi heartland audience rather than that of metro-multiplexes. This film is a must for Bobby Deol and Nana Patekar fans.
One look at Ek is OK.
The Cast and Crew
Bobby Deol, Nana Patekar, Shriya Saran, Priti Bhutani, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raghuvir Yadav, Pradeep Kharab and Zarina Wahab
Director: Sangeeth Sivan
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar