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.
Nothing works in this film, except, to some extent, the musical score, which is also strictly okay. Despite experienced names, the performances of actors are below ordinary. Manisha has lost the charm. Jackie looks completely lost. Pakistani actor Moammar Rana, seen earlier in Dobara in a brief role, comes up with standard expressions. Nikita Anand exposes her curves uninhibitedly and is quite effective. Roza sizzles in the dance number, but has no acting talent. Suniel is awkward.
On the whole, Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De is a poor show.
Director: Partho Ghosh
Cast: Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Nikita Anand, Muammar Rana, Rozza Catalano, Agastyaa Singh, Hanbir Malik