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ONE DAY – JUSTICE DELIVERED REVIEW: Esha Gupta’s Chulbul Pandey-ish cop-act just doesn’t make the cut!

ONE DAY – JUSTICE DELIVERED REVIEW: Kumud Mishra and Anupam Kher do a good job, but the Esha Gupta-starrer is just not worth your money




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Besides Esha Gupta and Anupam Kher, One Day – Justice Delivered directed by Ashok Nanda boasts of some of the best-known names among character actors. Right from Kumud Mishra who has wowed critics with every single big screen outing, the most recent one being the hard-hitting Article 15 to Rajesh Sharma, who makes an impact even in his briefest of roles and was most recently applauded for his role in India’s Most Wanted to the other equally celebrated character actors – Murli Sharma, Ananth Mahadevan, Zarina Wahab, Zakir Hussain, Parikshit Sahani and even TV star Deepshikha Nagpal. Plus the premise of a ‘righteous cop fighting for justice’ is always a tried and tested formula that still attracts audience. So, inspite of not being one of the most-heavily marketed films in recent times, it held promise. But does it live up to that promise? Read on to find out:

What One Day – Justice Delivered is all about:

The film is set in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Justice Omprakash Tyagi (Anupam Kher) is a recently-retired judge leading a quiet, simple and a happy family life. However unknown to any, he harbours a shocking secret! A family-man by day, this retired judge is actually a vigilante by night! He kidnaps criminals who had escaped justice in his own court due to lack of evidence and gets them to confess to their crimes on camera after using some ‘Saw-inspired’ torture methods on them.

His reason is simple – as a law-abiding judge, he was helpless due to the law restrictions that didn’t allow him to punish the accused until their crimes were proven beyond a doubt. Due to a lack of evidence, he knows that he’s had to let many criminals go scot-free. But when a victim’s mother slaps him in court for not delivering justice, his conscience gets jolted and he decides to deliver justice his way, post the retirement.

The missing of high-profile people attracts more attention than Tyagi had hoped and the cases get transferred to the Crime Branch. Enter the investigating officer – Laxmi Rathi (Esha Gupta) who even dances in bars to catch a wanted criminal, when not taking them down in an absolute action avatar with style.

Inspector Sharma (Kumud Mishra) has been assigned to assist Rathi in her investigations. Together they set out to nab the culprit and the cat and mouse chase begins!


Esha Gupta’s cop-act looks like a down-graded version of Angelina Jolie (Mr and Mrs Smith) meets Salman Khan’s Chulbul Pandey! The former association more due to the uncanny resemblance that Esha bears with the Hollywood star, which the makers clearly try to milk here with marking her entry in thigh-high slit dress and sporting a gun on a thigh garter! And the latter with her accent and dialect a la Chulbul and not to be missed are the Aviators. Her ‘Haryanvi’ accent is actually so hilarious that it’s entertaining. Her dialogues induce laughter and some life in the otherwise dull affair. But like the rest of the film, her character suffers under a weak and at times illogical story.

The saving grace of the film is Kumud Mishra. He once again aces in his performance as an over-worked cop. He owns the character effortlessly. Anupam Kher’s character suffers from an ill-developed plot and though no complaints about his performance, there are parts of his character that just don’t fit right and so he remains unconvincing for most part of the film.

The film begins impressively with a montage show-reel of newspaper clippings, along with the film credits, driving home the point that corruption and crime is at an all-time high and so are the cases where justice is denied and criminals are often let off scot-free. But it’s all downhill from there.


The low-production value reflects all through. What could’ve been an interesting and a taut thriller gets numbed down due to forced and unbearably bad item songs. In fact, the film should’ve done away with the songs completely. Also most actors suffer due to ill-sketched characters that seem more caricaturish in nature. Some scenes are so bad that they make you cringe and at times we were left wondering what made such fine actors sign this one up.

The kidnapping scenes especially are extremely immature. A pity really that Esha Gupta’s strong cop-character gets reduced to a comical one too. Nothing about the story or the happenings retain interest.

CineBlitz Verdict:

Totally avoidable!