It has been one dozen days of the Gujarati Film “Bas Ek Chance” and I am quite late to post a review! But since many of you out there want to read those reviews and since a person like me enjoys writing, let this be your guide to the movie. I was invited for its Premier Show at Ahmedabad. And since that day, I’ve talked to a lot of people about this movie. Get your reading glasses on because this is going to be a long read. And hopefully, an interesting one!
“Bas Ek Chance” has a very contemporary theme. I wouldn’t restrict it to the life of Brijesh Patel (the protagonist in the movie) and his love for making movies. I take this as a life struggle of the youth of today’s India. The youth today wants to pursue their passion by defying the societal obstructions, if needed. The movie portrays this sentiment in depth. The message has been passed perfectly to the audience and deserves a special applause. Though there is a bit of routine movie masala, but ‘thoduk toh chaale ne’?
Kirtan Patel ‘laambi race no ghodo chhe’. Trust me. From cinematography to the shot detailing, he has mastered it all. This movie is a visual treat. Hope some Bollywood directors (those of the likes of the Kattz-Battz) watch it and improve their skills. It is quite surprising to learn that it is Kirtan’s debut feature film, because the work looks like that of a seasoned player.
Average. Not something that you will want to hum or hear on the radio. But then, the story of the movie is so strong that you wouldn’t care a damn about the music! Except the title track, there is hardly anything that the viewers might recall.
- Aditya Kapadia – He is a born actor. Enough said. From “Just Mohabbat” and “Shaka Laka Boom Boom” to “Bas Ek Chance”, he has always impressed me. Aditya’s performance ensures that the audience strikes a chord with the character instantaneously.
- Bhakti Kubavat – She is pretty. She will hold your attention for the first few seconds, period. Her dialogue delivery is superficial. She needs to learn the art of portraying emotions of a character. Her English is heavily accented which is given away by the few English words used by her in the movie. Since it is a Gujarati movie, those English words do not matter. But if they don’t, why were they used? Anyways, she has a bright future in this industry. And with a bit of grooming and acting lessons, she will be good to rock!
- Rajeev Mehta – “Eyyy Praful” is what most of the viewers will remember seeing him. Some characters create an impact in your mind that you remember them as that character forever. Rajeev Mehta is one of those. But in this movie, he defies his image of a comical hero and does a serious role. The audience did not expect it but were not disappointed either. I’m not sure if this was his best ever performance, but definitely a performance one would remember in the years to come.
- Falguni Dave – She plays a perfect Gujarati mother. Falguni Dave is able to depict this flawlessly. The motherly affection, emotions and love are seen in her character.
- Mushtaq Khan – He is a veteran in this industry but his performance in the movie is not the one he would want to remember. Moreover, his Gujarati is not at all upto the mark. I believe he mugged up the dialogues and does not know the language.
- Alpesh Dhakan – An experienced actor, Alpesh has always been loved by the audience. May it be in Parichay, Kya Hua Tera Vadaa or FIR. And hey, remember Lord Ganesha in the Mahadev serial right? The character played by him in this movie is quite an interesting one and creates humor at the right time. And seriousness when needed too. Alpesh, the ‘Manyaaaa’, manages successfully to leave his mark in the movie.
- Mitra Gadhvi – Mark my words – this guy is going to be the next big thing of Dhollywood! His acting, expressions and dialogue delivery are all impeccable. If you haven’t taken a picture with him yet, take it soon because he is soon going to be the most sought after artist. And hey, his studio in the movie in amazing. Hope he shows it to me someday 😉
- Jay Bhatt – Though in a negative role, Jay Bhatt has been effective in creating a positive image in the audience. And that is absolutely because of his acting. As an actor, he is perfect and is definitely going to rock in the years to come.
- Hemang Dave – Initially, he is the ‘kevo mast maanas chhe’ but as the movie progresses, the ‘mast’ is dropped down. And I say this only with respect to his character in the movie. It is difficult to portray multiple shades of a human, but Hemang Dave does it wonderfully. When I met Hemang Ji recently, I realized that he is not the villain material but a very friendly person. So yes, he has portrayed the villain character spectacularly.
I do not recall more characters of the movie, and even if you tell me, I am not writing more. Enough said. ‘Bas Ek Chance ne Ek Chance toh aapo!’