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Times of India
: The film is the story of a very popular playback singer Arun Deshpande (Sachin Pilgaonkar), who has separated from his wife Nandini (Supriya Pilgaonkar) and daughter Swara (Shriya) to further his musical career. He does get the success that he's been working so hard for, but leads a rather lonely life with just his secretary Mehta (Ashok Saraf) and singer friend Madhura (Kishori Shahane-Vij) for friends.
: It's the hugely popular Marathi actor Sachin's 50th year in the film industry and
(The Only One) celebrates not just this, but is also the perfect launch for his daughter Shriya into films and she does not disappoint. She charms her way into the hearts of the audience gradually - with her expressions, dialogues and attitude. She has a soothing voice quality too!
It is in this lonely and disciplined world that a bubbly and chirpy Swara makes an entry in a bid to know her father better. His world turned topsy-turvy with her sudden entry, the film speaks about how the two deal with each other's presence and absence in their lives - thus making it richer and empty at the same time. See the scene where Swara reads a letter to her dad from a drama script, the origami and rejection scene - all touching. The part where she questions her dad as to why he took away her mom with him stays with you. There are fun moments too, which look perfect in a flashback. Ironically, they are the very scenes, which drag on when they actually happen! Also what nags is that here is this famous singer and his daughter lands from nowhere and it's all just kosher; no questions from media and no queasy moments.
During the closing credits, Sonu Nigam is shown crooning the peppy title track, composed by Jitendra Kulkarni. While his Vedi Maaya is used well in the film, you can't help wondering why the Ekulti Ek track wasn't used well enough! The overall performances of actors, the script speaking of children growing in broken homes, and some very touching moments make this watchable. Swara's journey that began with Dad didn't end with Baba and that's the loose end in this father-daughter story!