Partho Ghosh has made some interesting movies in the past. 100 Days, Agni Sakshi and Dalaal are three films I recollect instantly. But his new film Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De makes you squirm in your seat. Films like 100 Days and Agni Sakshi specifically have recall value only because they had the courage to narrate interesting stories on celluloid. Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De has an interesting thought, but is saddled with a lousy screenplay, while Partho's execution of the material is archaic.
Inspired by the Gwyneth Paltrow starrer Sliding Doors (1998), Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De just doesn't work!
Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De tells the story of a couple - Moammar Rana, an author and Manisha Koirala, his beloved. Moammar is a casanova, who two times Manisha with Nikita Anand, who, we are told, was his first girlfriend. What happens when Manisha misses a train by a fraction of a second? Two stories - the first involving Moammar, Manisha and Nikita and the second involving Jackie, Manisha and Roza - run concurrently thereafter.