Ek Ka Dum:1 movie review: Mahesh Babu’s Ek Ka Dum is a case of wasted opportunities!

Mahesh Babu, Kriti Sanon starrer Ek Ka Dum:1 takes an interestingly unique concept and throws it down the drain

How many times have we experienced this? We go to a movie theatre with no expectations. But surprisingly the first half of the movie has managed to grab our attention. During the interval, you start liking the flick and wonder what’s in store on the other side. But Alas! the movie turns out to be a drag, a damp squib or an inedible swell. Call it whatever you feel like.

Ek Ka Dum:1, the Hindi dubbed version of  Tollywood’s most expensive film till date 1:Nenokkadine starring Mahesh Babu and Kriti Sanon is one such case of wasted opportunity. We know how a dubbing film turns out to be a big joke, making a complete mockery of the original film. But hang on! Baring a few portions, the dubbing of Ek Ka Dum:1 is surprisingly good. Without taking more time, lets jump in to the movie and see what’s it about

What’s it about:

Ek Ka Dum:1 is a psychological thriller embedded in a revenge drama starring Mahesh Babu as famous rockstar Gautham suffering from  Integration disorder which means there is 25% less grey matter in his brain. In simple words he can’t remember his past and cannot differentiate real from hallucination. Kriti Sanon plays a nosy journalist who becomes Gautham’s aide in helping him cope with his disease and helps find the killers of his parents. Will he ever find his parents killers? Would he get his revenge? Or is everything just a figment of his imagination? This forms the crux of the story.

What’s good:

The story of Ek Ka Dum:1 is unique and intriguing at the same time. The screenplay is fast, entertaining and keeps you hooked for most of the first half. There few scenes which stand out and gives you the glimpse of the true potential of the screenplay. Performances from Mahesh Babu and Kriti Sanon are top notch. Mahesh shines as the confused rockstar thirsty for revenge and Kriti steals the show with oodles of energy. The producer RK Duggal  and dubbing artists of Ek Ka Dum should be lauded for good quality dubbing which makes the movie highly watchable. A pat in the back to director Sukumar for breaking cliches and  trying something new with the film.

What’s bad:

As good the first half of the movie is, the second half is equally bad. The second half set in London is quite a drag filled with expensive action sequences with tacky CGI effects and unnecessary melodrama killing the soul of the film. A few unexpected twist here and there are the only  reason one would continue watching the film. Having praised the dubbing above, the Sikh cab driver’s dubbing is extremely annoying and so are the songs with nonsensical  lyrics. Nassar who plays the villain in the film sports an utterly obnoxious wig in the flashback scenes that it resembles fur of a Pomeranian.  The emotional scenes lack depth and could have been avoided.

What to do: In short, Ek Ka Dum takes an interesting subject, develops curiosity but fails to deliver as promised. The Hindi dubbing of 1:Nenokkadine is a case of wasted opportunities. Watch it for  interesting twist and turns along the course of the film!

Rating: 2.5 out of 52.5 Star Rating

Reviewed by Subramanian Harikumar

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