Banner: Bankey Bihari Enterprises LLP
Producers: Rakesh Kumar Jodhani,
Director: Pavan Kumar Chauhan
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari,
Brijendra Kala, Chandrachoor Rai,
Kajal Jain, Mahesh Sharma,
Writer: Pavan Kumar Chauhan
Music: Vickey Prasad
Pavan Kumar Chauhan’s directorial debut is bland, clichéd and baffling. So, the biggest question with Ekkees Tareekh Shubh Muhurat, apart from the hollow claim that this is a satire laced with humour – is why this film was ever made.
Girdhari Lal Sharma aka Panditji lives with his father (an extremely overacting performer) and daughter Radha (who exercises amazing restraint to balance the former!), in Mathura. While Panditji spends his time anticipating people coming over to his temple by performing religious rituals, Radha is the sole bread winner of the family.
After several failed attempts, when her marriage is finally fixed with Gopal, Panditji finds himself in a difficult situation which is something that takes this ‘story’ forward.
Suraj Gunjal’s scissors seem to be very rusty. The editing is so all over the place that after a point, you have no idea what’s happening.
Chauhan’s writing lacks spark and sincerity. At the outset, it seems to be a film that mocks the Herculean task of getting one’s children married in a society like ours. But, soon, it goes astray in the second half to such a colossal extent that it fails to come back to the point where it began. Confusion or pandemonium, a staple element of comedy films, are so poorly written and executed that it is painful to continue watching this film.
While the first half of the film is still believable, with real problems plaguing real people, the second half takes you back to an era of the unrealistic. For those who miss B-grade Bollywood films from the ’80s and ’90s, you are in for a treat.
Sadly, the premise of this film had potential. For the lack of a good muhurat to release the film among many other flaws, it hits an abysmal low.
Even though seasoned actor like Sanjay Mishra as Panditji delivers an impressive act, he fails to save the film. Mukesh Tiwari and Brijendra Kala are wasted. Chandrachoor Rai is good in parts. Kajal Jain fails to leave a mark. Mahesh Sharma does not impress. Kamalika Banerjee is forgettable.
Verdict: For ETSM, there’s no need to even check the mahurat. Strictly avoidable!