Director Onir brings back Nikhil Kapoor (who was the hero of My Brother... Nikhil) to drive home this point in his latest offering -- Bas Ek Pal.
When after years abroad Nikhil (Suri) walks into the crowded place of pleasure his life changes. He meets the mercurial Anamika (Matondkar) who teases flirts and reduces Nikhil to a lifetime of slavery.
During one night of partying, Anamika [Urmila Matondkar] meets Nikhil [Sanjay Suri] at Anticlock Pub… The chemistry between them is instant and obvious from the moment they meet. However, she disappears into the night without even telling him her name.
Nikhil starts visiting the pub regularly, hoping to meet her again. Many nights of waiting later, on a night when Nikhil has gone to Anticlock with Rahul [Jimmy Shergill] and Steve [Rehaan Engineer], Anamika appears with her friends. An altercation takes place, leading to a scuffle... And in the scuffle a shot is fired.
BAS EK PAL revolves around that pal, Nikhil's actions in the heat of the moment. The biggest plus point of this movie is it's story. With enough twists and turns to rival and F1 track, the movie dishes out something refreshingly different from the usual fare. The music, which seamlessly fuses into the script, stands out on its own. A bit of infidelity, thoda suspicion, thoda obsession, and some overlapping with KANK make this film. Urmila with her new haircut shuffles between pouting and acting while Juhi is charming as ever. But it is Sanjay Suri who holds the film - his scenes with Urmila & Juhi are the highlights of the film. Though one still wonders, that the climax could have been fleshed out in a much better way.
Onir is handicapped by a faulty script. The storyteller has treated certain portions well, but the screenplay [Irene Dhar Malik and Onir] has several holes that are difficult to overlook. Add to it, the snail pacing and things only weaken. There's not much scope for music in the film, but the song in the pub ['Hai Ishq Ye Kya Ik Khata'] is well tuned. Ditto for 'Tere Bin', a melancholic track with a haunting tune. Cinematography [Sachin K. Krishn] is inconsistent.
On the whole, Bas Ek Pal is worth watching once.