Ek Din 24 Ghante
By: By Kunal Shah, India Syndicate
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Saturday 8 November 2003
Ek Din 24 Ghante
Anant Balani?s Ek Din 24 Ghante is a film about one day. It is a journey of a girl out to save her love from some unwanted elements.
Sameera Dutta (Nandita Das), who has a god-sent ability to see the future, gradually learns to live with her intuitive dreams.
Viren (Rahul Bose) is a happy-go-lucky guy. He meets Sameera and she finds solace, love and all that she was craving for in him. The two deeply fall in love. However things go topsy turvy when Vivek starts gambling and loses twenty lakhs at a casino. He is threatened by Patel, the casino owner whom he owes the twenty lakh. Viren then turns to Sameera to save his life by getting him the money.
To save the life of the only man she ever loved, Sameera puts her dad on gun point and gets money from him. Her dad informs the cops about the theft and also appoints a gunman behind his own daughter to kill her. Sameera has to run, to save her boyfriend, as well as to save her life from the cops and the gunman behind her. She has too less time and too much to do.
Will she make it against all odds? Will her dreams help her? Who will help her in her bid to save Viren's life?
Although Ek Din 24 Ghante is a different film, it loses its way after a couple of reels. The basic storyline is interesting and the concept holds promise but as soon as Rahul Bose comes in the scenario, the entire focus shifts on Nandita delivering the money to him. Although the subject of the film is its USP, the film?s pace slackens at times. The narrative also leaves much to be desired, making the viewer wonder where the story is moving. The screenplay and dialogues are below par. Much the same can be said about the music, with not a single track worth mentioning. Director Anant Balani fails to impress.
The performances are the only redeeming feature. Nandita Das is first rate and so is Rahul Bose. At the box-office, the film will find no takers.