By Joginder Tuteja
Film: "Ek Se Bure Do"; Cast: Arshad Warsi, Rajpal Yadav, Natassha, Tusha; Director: Tarique Khan; Rating: *
Time and again one comes across a statement that "this film has been made for single screen audiences in smaller towns and cities". Well, no audience should be subjected to a movie like this.
Simply put, "Ek Se Bure Do" is a terrible movie. Arshad Warsi and Rajpal Yadav are the two 'bure log' (bad people) in the film and honestly, it must have been embarrassing for them to be a part of a movie which doesn't make any sense whatsoever from the first to the last frame.
The film is said to be a comedy but there is not even a single scene that makes you laugh.
Problems with "Ek Se Bure Do" are aplenty with the biggest being that there is no storyline whatsoever. The director would struggle if asked to give a two line synopsis of the film.
The film has a treasure hunt as the central theme but not once in the film does one see anyone going after the treasure.
Arshad Warsi and Rajpal Yadav are visibly uncomfortable with the terrible state that they must have been in while working in the film - something which reflects in practically each of their scenes.
The film tries to be an amalgamation of quite a few films and in the end the mishmash that is served is so tasteless that you begin wondering who approved the script in the first place.
Arshad-Rajpal antics are straight out of "Jodi No. 1" while the Govind Namdeo double role act reminds one of "Andaz Apna Apna" where Paresh Rawal was seen in a similar role. Then there is this quintessential "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron" climax, this time with "Mughal-e-Azam" being underway on stage. If Kundan Shah sees these five minutes of the film, he may just get a heart attack.
The film was in the making for five years, something that reflects in each and every frame. Not only does it look dated with extremely poor cinematography adding insult to injury, it also seems clearly disjointed.
Also, you can sense that the director didn't have any control over the proceedings and shot scenes randomly depending upon availability of any actor, whether lead or supporting. No wonder, "Ek Se Bure Do" turns out to be an extremely poor film.