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Movie Review: One Day: Justice Delivered

Banner: Cinema Friday International

Producer: Ketan Patel         

Director: Ashok Nanda

Cast: Anupam Kher, Esha Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Zarina Wahab, Murli Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Deepshikha

Writer: Alaukik Rahi

Music: Joy-Anjan, Vikrant-Parijat, Rishi Singh

 It is said that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’. But there are people who feel that justice, no matter how delayed, should never be denied.

Retired judge Tyagi has a comfortable life, a happy family and a peaceful existence. But he has made some not-so-happy decisions as a judge. He has had to let go of criminals knowing full well that they are not innocent. All this because of a lack of evidence against them. So he decides to right his wrongs. He kidnaps a doctor couple responsible for medical negligence, a hotelier who made a MMS video of newlyweds who stayed at his hotel, a car mechanic who planted a bomb and a goon affiliated to a local politician who helped him get off that charge. He tortures each of them to get a confession.

With so many missing people in the city, it is but natural for the police force to bring in the crime branch to sort out this mess. A senior officer called Laxmi Rathi is handed the case, with the help of police officer Satyanarayan Sharma. Her investigation leads her to how the missing people are connected and finally, to Tyagi.

How does Rathi handle the situation? Does Tyagi get away with his vigilantism? Is justice delivered? That is what the rest of the story is about.

The film has an interesting storyline with the makings of a thriller. But the way it has been made is what makes it a tedious watch. The first half is disjointed and events unravel uninterestingly. The second half has some pace, but by then you have lost interest in the plot.

Performance wise, Anupam Kher as Tyagi does a good job. Given that he is a seasoned actor, that is not surprising. Esha Gupta as Laxmi Rathi impresses, but her inconsistent accent is a letdown. Kumud Mishra as Satyanarayan Sharma is a treat to watch. Zarina Wahab as the wronged mother is good. Murali Sharma and Deepshikha as the doctor couple are average. Zakir Hussain plays a politician and is over the top. Rajesh Sharma as the hotelier is okay.

Verdict: Below average

Rating: *1/2

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