140 Min | Comedy | October 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Directors: Ravindra Gautam
Starring: Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia, Divyendu Sharma
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Review: Ekkees Toppon ki Salaami explores the relationship between a father with Gandhian values and his sons who were born in a world of free markets and privatisation, with great sensitivity. The characters are well developed. You know where they’re coming from and what their motivations are, hence it is easy to empathise with them. The director has retained the authenticity of the story by choosing to shoot at real locations that the average Mumbaikar will recognise instantly. Slightly substandard background score and cinematography mar this otherwise almost flawless film.
In Ekkees Toppon ki Salaami, the screenplay has been clearly divide into proper acts. Although crisp for the most part, there are unnecessary sexual undertones in some scenes concerning the Chief Minister and his mistress. Personally, if the dialogue had been kept a little cleaner, it could have been more effective. Casting non-stars in the lead was perhaps one of the best decisions Gautam made. Despite work alongside a veteran like Kher, the cast manage to hold their own quite well. While Aditi Sharma impresses, Divyendu Sharma could do without walking through every scene with a smug expression.
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a fitting tribute to the common man who still values his self-respect more than his pay cheque. Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami deserves a salute for its unique concept. Films with a social message could get preachy, but thanks to unconventional execution, the director skillfully overcomes that. Having displayed his acting prowess a billion times before, Anupam Kher once again proves that he is the master of his craft. Ekkees Toppon ki Salaami is one of those films that you can watch over and over again. Extraordinarily ordinary and proud of it, Ekkees Toppon ki Salaami reminds us of the important things in life in a highly consumerist world.