News Helpline | October, 10 2014
Verdict : The movie's story line and comedy punches are great but it disappoints in the end. ________________________________________________________
Director Ravindra Gautam comes up with a unique concept in the form of his new film which is interestingly titled ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salami’ which means a ’21 Gun Salute’. Story of film is Based on the life of a common man, and shows how an honest common man suffers by the corrupt and irresponcible political system. The film is very much on the lines of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro which depicts the life of a common man influenced by the dirty and corrupt system. The movie starring Anupam Kher, Neha dhupia, Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma and Rajesh Sharma released today and So let's find out whether 'Eekees Toppon Ki Salaami', will be yet another failed attempt to create a weak version of 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' or might surprise you with a decent political satire one has been lusting to see from a long time.
Subhash (Divyendu) and Suresh (Manu) are the sons of Purushotam Narayan Joshi (Anupam) who is a BMC employee. Joshi strongly believes in leading his life with respect and dignity and he hates people who are corrupt, whereas the sons turn out to be totally opposite of what he had expected. On his retirement day, Purushotam Joshi gets framed into a false allegation followed by the disrespect from his sons, which eventually ends up taking his life. The last wishes of Purushotam Joshi was to get honoured by the twenty one gun salute.
Now, Subhash and Suresh set out to fulfill this one dream of their father that he had aspired for all through his life and also would get him his respect and dignity back.
Since the filmmakers of this film did not really engage in many promotional activities, not much was expected out of this low-profile film. But to everyone’s pleasant surprise, ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salami’ is a rather well made film as the director has chosen a fresh and unique concept by taking into consideration the often – targeted BMC department of Mumbai. Because the makers have considered the problems of a common man, the viewers will be able to connect with the story easily. Speaking of performances, you may have seen Divyendu Sharma comic prowess in his earlier films like ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ and we see the actor is equally good in the emotional portions as well. He sure knows how to make the audience laugh and cry along with him.
There is no doubt about the fact that Anupam Kher is a brilliant actor and this one is another feature in his illustrious cap and the actor’s consistency and hard work is shown in every work of his. Newcomer Aditi Sharma was a surprise package as she played her part very well. The rest of the cast including Manu Rishi is excellent.
Even after playing such strong characters in her previous ventures, we wonder what Neha Dhupia was thinking about while signing up for such a sidey role. Her character is not only unwanted, but also irritating and a hindrance in such a strong story.
Another negative of the film is its extended duration and a few unwanted portions including the drainage part which could have been easily deleted. Also a few parts in the second half seems unbelievable and disappointing in an otherwise believable story.
Technically, the movie does not fare well in this department. The songs are absolutely unwanted and placed weirdly in the plot. The background score is not much of a help in building the mood and infact lowers the standard and creates a disturbance in the proceedings. The screenplay has a few glitches, but because of the strong concept, these can be ignored. Ravindra Gautam’s direction deserves appreciation and his effort is surely praiseworthy.
While the first half of the film is to-the-point and crisp, the second half is lengthy. The direction is amazing and so is the cinematography. The editing, however, could have been sharper.
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