Fine actors like Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and Brijendra Kala in a premise that attempts to comment on the dowry, groom abduction and more… seems to be a ‘shubh’ (pious) combo, is the mahurat ( read execution, result) right, let’s find out.
If wishes were ideas, all good intentioned thoughts would have been divine. Certainly first time writer director Pawan Kumar’s core idea in EKKEES TAREEKH SHUBH MUHURAT is a satire that is relevant in today’s digital age of smart phones and sleek wheels – dowry has been a demon that has managed to spill its venom in the society despite of all awareness and efforts.
The movie set in Mathura is a story of Girdhari Lal (Sanjay Mishra) a pious priest who refuses to manipulate and due to this approach has not accumulated any wealth. Gridhari’s educated daughter Radha (Kajal Jain) is a working lady who is in love with the local trader of asafetida Gopal (Mahesh Sharma). Mahesh’s family is in favor of marriage but want the marriage to be with full grandeur. Facing financial crunch due to his straight forward attitude, Girdhari faces hurdles in collecting the required money for his daughter’s marriage. One day, Girdhari’s friend Bulaki (Brijendra Kala) gives him the idea of getting his son Banwari (Chandrachoor Rai) married first and use the money received from his son’s marriage for his daughter’s marriage. The jobless Banwari has just appeared for IAS exams and is awaiting his result. Banwari is projected as a future collector and one day a suitable match is found for Banwari, the ‘deal’ is almost done and suddenly in a quirky turn of events, the local goon Robdar (Mukesh Tiwari) steps in and things go haywire.
Writer director Pawan Kumar fails to exploit the potential in the premise and ultimately the movie sputters out, managing to achieve a couple of giggles here and there; the script lacks innovations and fails to make the required comment. Unable to dig within and just ending up on scratching on the surface EKKEES TAREEKH SHUBH MUHURAT is a classic case of missed opportunity.
Adding more chutney, aachar to the wounds is the waste of such fine actors like Mishra, Kala and Tiwari. No doubt, Sanjay Mishra as panditji, Brijendra Kala as Bulaki & Mukesh Tiwari as Robdar are pitch perfect for the role and they excel. It’s the script that makes them handicapped for further innovations and in the end making this potential social satire end as just another wannabe attempt.
Things, situations and people come together as per convenience and the maker is guilty of showing an uneven balance of getting tedious at one time and in a hurry in another.
It’s the acting department that is almost flawless, as mentioned earlier Mishra, Kala and Tiwari are fantastic, the supporting cast also chips in with good support - Kajal Jain as Radha, Mahesh Sharma as Gopal, Kamalika Banerjee as Indrani, Chandrachoor Rai as Banwari, Bhagwan Tiwari as Daroga Samjhdar Singh, Meena Nathani as Prabha, Bhawna Chaudhary as Munni are all good in their respective roles and have their moments.
However, the same cannot be said about the movie which in its 1 hour 40 minutes of duration hardly manages 15 minutes of giggle…
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