This movie is a tribute to the golden age of Hindi cinema...
Bollywood as we know it today would have been very different without the significant contribution by the legendary yesteryear actor/director Bhagwan Dada. This superstar ruled the 1950s, which is also known as the golden age of cinema. So, naturally, a biopic made on him will interest cinema lovers across the board. Are you a lover of old world Hindi cinema? Then you must catch our movie review to know if Ekk Albela
is worth your time and money. Give it a read and let us know what you think.
What's it about
As mentioned before Ekk Albela, directed by Shekhar Sartandel, is a tribute to the first action hero of the Hindi film cinema, Bhagwan Dada. It traces his childhood, youth and his first brush with cinema. The film takes you back to the bygone era and gives you a glimpse of what Hindi film industry of that time was all about and how it functioned. It also is an inspiring story of a talented showman who broke into the industry without family name or wealth and won over people's hearts with his sheer. abundant talent and inherent charm.
Actor Mangesh Desai has evidently put in a lot of effort to look, dance and 'act' like Bhagwan Dada
. What I like about his portrayal of this unforgettable character was that he did not mimic the legendary star but put himself in his shoes to look believable. Vidya Balan, in her first Marathi film, shines as the effervescent Geeta Bali. It is again a very clever example of casting gone right as Vidya oozes that typical old world charm, staying true to her character. Also, a special mention for the make up artiste who worked on Mangesh and Vidya's looks. He nailed it to the T. The rendition of C Ramchandra's melodious tracks Shola Jo Bhadke, Bholi Surat Dil Ke Khote are memorable. You will particularly enjoy Mangesh showing off Bhagwan's signature moves on the dance floor with the lovely Vidya Balan.
Well, this biopic shows only a certain facet of Bhagwan's
life and times, so you might feel that the end is abrupt. Those who do not know this legendary actor's life story will want to know more about the same and will feel that the film ends mid way. For Mangesh, the greatest challenge was to be Bhagwan Dada throughout the film. So naturally, he was Bhagwan the performer and Bhagwan the person in the same flick. This is a bit duanting for any actor. There are times when you catch Mangesh 'acting' the part even in Bhagwan's real life situations, where he is not actually supposed to.
Also, there is a lot of not-so-subtle referencing in the movie. Raj Kapoor makes an appearance in the flick and is portrayed as a sly, ambitious 'Showman' who is envious of Bhagwan and who tries to jeopardize his career. Those portions look a bit corny and they could have been executed well.
What to do
Well, did you know that Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun Chakraborty were hugely influenced by Bhagwan Dada's signature dance style? And what's more, Dada was compared to Hollywood's legendary actor Douglas Fairbanks. Also, he was the first one to make a horror-mystery movie called Bhedi Bangla. So, if you are true cinema lover, don't miss out on this movie simply, for the legend himself.
3.5 out of 5
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