Director: Apoorva Lakhia
Producer: Bunty Walia, Jaspreet Singh Walia
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Perizaad Zorabian, Vikram Chatwal, Dayashankar Pandey, Akhilendra Mishra, Baby Rucha Vaidya
Ek Ajnabee is a sensitive thriller about a relationship of friendship between a man and a child. Suryaveer Singh [Amitabh Bachchan] was a former commando in the army. Fighting many a battle had taken a toll, so he decides to quit and seeks refuge in drinking. Shekhar [Arjun Rampal], who used to work with him, invites Suryaveer to Bangkok where he owns a security firm. In order to get his life back in order, Shekhar gives Suryaveer a job as a bodyguard.
Suryaveer accepts it, only to find out that it is to protect an 8-year-old girl Anamika [Baby Rucha Vaidya], the only daughter of a tycoon couple [Vikram Chatwal, Perizaad Zorabian]. Somehow, slowly and steadily, Suryaveer forms a bond with her as she gives his life a new meaning. But his life takes a traumatic turn when Anamika is kidnapped and shot dead subsequently by the chief kidnapper [Raj Zutshi]. A heartbroken Suryaveer swears revenge and starts zeroing on the kidnappers. But what unravels takes him by surprise...
EK AJNABEE seeks its basic inspiration from the Hollywood film MAN ON FIRE [2004; Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning]. The film has been made in a brillinat manner and finally we can say that Indian cinema is taking the plunge towards making logical and meaningful film. The first half is well built and the bonding between Bachchan and Rucha is amongst the most watchable aspects of the enterprise. Lakhia treats those sequences delicately and the impact that the sequences create establish a strong ground for the drama that is to follow.
The kidnap sequence is brilliantly executed as well, it leaves you spellbound. Post interval you can feel the anguish and pain of the lead caracters and vengence is the only motive that follows. The director has done full justice in bringing forward the vengence of the part played by Mr Bachchan. Cinematography is fantastic.
This film completely belongs to Mr Bachchan. The actor makes the audience feel his grief and anger. He is excellent. Arjun Rampal's role doesn't have much meat, but the actor has done full justice to his role. He looks great too. Perizaad Zorabian is excellent too. Baby Rucha is simply adorable and very natural. Rest of the cast lend able support.
On the whole, EK AJNABEE is a film worth a DEKHO.