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"Ek Se Badhkar Ek"

BORED? IT might be a good idea to go and see "Ek Se Badhkar Ek." Because that is the only way you would be motivated to see it.

Not that it does not have its redeeming moments. It does. Some of the promised comic scenes are funny, only they have been done before by the director. If he had only taken stars with a wonderful sense of comedy, this could have been a film difficult to ignore.

Kundan Shah, who has earlier made "Jane Bhi Do Yaaron," attempts another comedy. Intended to be a whacky spoof, but turns out to be slapstick. This does not work in the first half, but picks up momentum in the second.

Rahul (Suniel Shetty) is a gardener's son. One day he finds he is the beneficiary of a rich man's property worth Rs 400 crores.

But there is one condition! He has to become the biggest underworld mafia don in order to receive the goodies. Rahul is appalled.

The crux of the matter is that Anand (Shekhar Suman), his lawyer, is the one who put this clause in accidentally. As punishment, he has to make Rahul the big don. They bump into Kanchan (Raveena Tandon), a bumbling cop. Then there is the world renowned nuclear scientist Krishnamurthy. There have been several attempts to kidnap him, for his ability to make the atom bomb. .There are the villains on the other side of the border who employ Jindal (Gulshan Grover), the most notorious thug to do the job. While Jindal is at it, the CBI is trying to give Krishnamurthy 24-hour protection. Krishnamurthy is so frustrated at this lack of privacy that he would not mind being kidnapped.

Into this chaotic situation enter all the players and it leads to several comic moments. Shekhar does what we sometimes see on his talk shows. Which is not exactly new.Raveena and Suniel lack this essential sense of comic timing and end up being loud. All the other characters just yell without too much impact.

But in the second half, Gulshan Grover, Asrani and several others rise to the occasion.

CHITRA MAHESH

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