ANDHRA PRADESH

Absolutely avoidable fare

Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena

Cast: Fardeen Khan, Koena Mitra, Feroz Khan

Director: Suparn Verma

The swagger is there. The style is intact too. The only thing missing is charisma. And Feroz Khan in this kind of form, with barely a soul to appreciate his style of acting, presents a pathetic figure. He is like an artiste playing to an empty hall. More appropriately, his language is not understood by the generation reared on some of the best special effects. And the novelty has worn off. Sorry to say it, but even Feroz Khan with all his trademark mannerisms is not able to make `Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena' worth a watch. Director Suparn Verma's film is supposed to be a conman thriller, courtesy `Kaante', etc. But it lacks in punch, the film is not racy enough and does not have the drama to keep the adrenalin running. Fardeen Khan with four years of acting can still look forward to useful days in an acting school. And whoever told Koena Mitra, or even Verma, that she is heroine material? Cover her skin, take away her pouts, and she is as lively as a fossil.

Ziya Us Salam