Manisha, Jackie together again in `Ek Second...`
New Delhi: After starring together in movies like `1942: A Love Story`, `Agni Sakshi`, `Grahan` and `Lajja`, Bollywood actors Manisha Koirala and Jackie Shroff will be sharing screen space again in "Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De", which releases Friday.
Produced by Sunil Singh and Agastyaa Singh for Rs.4 crore, the thriller has been directed by Partho Ghosh. Also starring Aman Verma, Nikita Anand, Pakistani actor Moammar Rana and Roza Catalano, it is releasing worldwide with 300 prints.
Manisha, who was last seen in the Bengali movie "Khela" in 2008, plays a complex role in "Ek Second...".
"It's not a double role but shows two characters within a single person. One side of the character is very submissive, docile and innocent. The other side of her is very strong; she is decisive just like women of today's world. I am playing two shades of the same character. It's quite an interesting concept," Manisha had told reporters.
Shot and based in Malaysia, the movie revolves around Rashi (Manisha) who is engaged to Vikram Sehgal, a famous novelist. But she is unaware about his numerous affairs with other women.
One day destiny plays a game. Rashi misses the metro train to office and loses her job as creative head in a big company. The story then on splits into two parts.
In one part, the narration continues with her being unable to catch the train while the second shows what would happen if she got on board the same train. The incidents that happen in both the situations come out as shocking and surprising.
In the first part, when she comes out of the station dejected at not being able to catch the train, a robber snatches her purse and she gets hurt. She is then taken to a nursing home by a taxi driver.
On the other hand, when she boards the train, she meets a stranger and falls for him. However, after the journey she comes out of the train and heads to her fiance's house where she catches him with another woman.
Then both the stories are merged to show that Rashi goes to her beau's house from the hospital. Both the stories of Rashi's life go on differently and separately. In one part she has her fiance and in the other part she finds another man.
Both the stories, however, come to one end and show that a decision made in one second can turn the way of life.
A low-budget venture with almost no buzz, one wonders if this solo Bollywood outing manages to strike a chord with the audiences.