Ashok Nanda attempts a meaty thriller but doesn’t back it up with sensible approach
It is films like these that make you value the director. With an army of extremely talented actors on board and a plot that is convincing enough in the first go, One Day doesn’t keep you glued all through. With some moments here and there, it is a film gone astray. Reminding you of the likes of Shehanshah and Gabbar Is Back, the film is half baked and half hearted.
After Retired Justice Tyagi (Anupam Kher) realises that due to absence of key evdiences in several cases, he had to let go of various criminals, he considers it his onus to punish them his way. A strong headed crime branch officer Laxmi Rathi (Esha Gupta) is roped in to investigate the mysterious case of vanishing of high profile persons from the city.
Written by Alaukik Rahi, it’s a story well thought of. The premise is engaging; something that suits a full feature length Bollywood film. The elements are too many to keep the audience guessing as rightly should be the case. All is well till this part. Things start to drift when they get onto the screen.
An investigative crime thriller made in a very typical manner, the film has moments that intrigue you. But they are very few. Firstly, here you know who makes the moves and it involves the process of reaching him eventually. The format isn’t new, and the approach has been seen before. So in those terms, it doesn’t make that strong an impact.
One more thing that makes the cracks in the screenplay visible is faulty direction in the way the scenes are presented. They don’t connect and you don’t feel the intensity. Forget intensity, you feel bored. Also, the film after a point gets repetitive because the makers have to resort to any variety in the way things are shown.
We’ve seen Anupam Kher in much better shades and in more command over the character so here he feels a bit under-utilised. His is the most important character and his charisma does give strength to some scenes, but since the character isn’t etched well, you naturally feel it’s Kher also who isn’t on top of his game.
Esha Gupta isn’t a great actress. Here she is the lead. She tries hard and does give a decent act, best effort for her actually. She has some power-packed moments and even after giving her best as a performer, it falls short.
Kumud Mishra has a good memorable character and he does fine with what he’s given. Rajesh Sharma too has moments where you enjoy watching him. Zakir Hussain and Murli Sharma are okay in their respective brief roles.
All in all, the actors do the needful in the limited scope the script provides.
Music is just okay. Nothing to be talked about for the songs sound jarring even in the backdrop. The score also could have been better in terms of the appeal it creates on the senses.
Indrajit Bancel and Arvind Singh’s camera could be so much better. The visual feel of the film is neither to look for nor to be even attracted to the scenes. Production Design is also substandard and not even remotely appealing. Mostly there are scenes which clearly look blank and even a layman could point out the spaces were vacant abruptly.
Editing by Umashankar Mishra is okay, the best given the genre and plot. He has managed to give some fine thrilling moments initially, but especially in the second half when it’s needed the most, it’s bland.
The film could have been really great, if it was helmed by someone more competent for the genre. Also, minimal promotions will keep the appeal of the film limited. To add to it, the film hasn’t been given decent number of shows in theatres. Let’s see if it makes some money. No surprises if it doesn’t.