Ek Duaa (short film)
director: Ram Kamal Mukherjee
Throw: Esha Deol Takhtani, Rajveer Ankur Singh, Barbie Sharma, Nick Sharma
Stream on: Voot selection
Ek Duaa is a story of those who are never born, commenting on a serious female feticide problem that is prevalent in many parts of India. The film revolves around Abida (Esha Deol Takhtani) and her neglected daughter Duaa. Abida also has a son, Faiz. Her husband Suleiman (Rajveer Ankur Singh) tries to make ends meet by driving a taxi that his late father left behind. He raises money so his family can take oath. But surprisingly, he can afford to smoke cigarettes despite struggling to survive. Abida’s mother-in-law urges her to have another child.
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The film is about 40 minutes long. It could easily have been a 15 minute scary movie. But the narrative crosses borders – there’s an unnecessary and poorly played qawwali, the script is sloppy, and the acting is nondescript. Little Barbie Sharma as Duaa is well cast. Modhura Palit made the film really well. Director Ram Kamal Mukherjee avoided preaching messages, which is good. But by the time you’re finally addicted to those few minutes of climax, it’s too late. The climax of the movie is way better than the rest of the movie. Ek Duaa could have been a far superior film if it had avoided the gimmicks in the construction and got down to business quickly.