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Ek Aur Ek Gyarah

Govinda, Ssanjay Dutt, Amrita Arora, Nandini Singh, Rajpal Yadav, Himani Shivpuri, Ashsish Vidyarthi, Gulshan Grover and Jackie Shroff

india Updated: Mar 28, 2003 21:24 IST

Is screen chemistry between stars enough reason to produce a film? Or does the success of a hit film incentive enough to cash in on the popularity of stars?
For David Dhawan, the combination of Sanjay Dutt and Govinda's fantastic timing displayed in his earlier Jodi No 1 was a good rationale to start a sequel. He even had a willing producer Mukta Arts Limited headed by Subhash Ghai, to support him "through and through." Sanju and Chichi of course grabbed this opportunity and signed on the dotted line.

So far so good. The only vital link missing was a script. Or even a storyline. But isn't that the last thing to be bothered about?

Ek Aur Ek Gyarah is Dhawan's 35th film and his 16th film with Govinda, and by that count, should be a step forward. But the long drawn film, is neither a rip roaring comic caper nor a showcase for one of the most underrated actors Govinda.
Tara (Govinda) and Sitara (Sanjay Dutt) seem to enjoy conning people, duping them of their valuables and fleeing from the scene, until they happen to come face to face with some hardened criminals. They even manage to talk into Major Ram Singh's (Jackie Shroff) house and his family, including his sister, Pinky (Nandini Singh) and her friend, Priti (Amrita Arora).
But they also get involved with an underworld don Cobra (Ashish Vidyarthi) and land themselves in a prison.
Subhash Ghai may believe that 'Comedy is passion without logic' and gives a free rein to the King of entertainment, Dhawan to wiled the megaphone. But without the key elements of a taut story, even comedy from an actor of Govinda's calibre, falls flat. The gags which have become Govinda's trademark, don't raise laughs anymore. At the end of it, the effort is too laboured for audiences to sit through this unbearingly long movie.

Govinda, as expected shoulders the responsibility of carrying through the entire film with funny one liners and succeeds. Well, almost so, whereas Dutt struggles to keep face. He looks old for the snappy ripostes and leaves far behind his costar. Nandini and Amrita have nothing much to do and the film wouldn't give them the 'push' they both need in this fiercely competitive world of films. Shankar Ehsaan Loy too sound uninspired and barring the title song, haven't given us any tune to write home about.

One has heard that Dhawan is planning to change tracks with his next film, and Govinda too is keen on experimenting. Too bad the deadly combo didn't have much to offer as one of their last ditch efforts at making us laugh.

First Published: Mar 28, 2003 17:03 IST