Bas Ek Tamanna is a 2011 Hindi movie directed by Rahul Kapoor and starring Sameer Aftab, Rituparna Sengupta, Gauri Karnik, Reema Lagoo and S.M. Zaheer. The movie revolves around a poor Muslim family in Lucknow, whose son Faraaz (Aftab) accepts a dubious offer from a rich woman Sameera (Sengupta) in Dubai, who wants him to pretend to be the father of her terminally ill son. Faraaz leaves behind his parents and his newly married wife Sanah (Karnik), hoping to earn enough money to end their troubles. But he soon realizes that he has been trapped in a web of deceit and danger.
The movie tries to recreate the charm and elegance of the classic Muslim socials of the past, such as Mere Mehboob, Chaudhvin ka Chand and Mere Huzoor. However, it fails to do so due to its excessive melodrama, slow pace and weak script. The movie received mostly negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, who found it boring, outdated and unoriginal. The movie also suffered from poor production values and low box office collections.
The only saving grace of the movie are the performances by the veteran actors Reema Lagoo and S.M. Zaheer, who play the role of Faraaz's parents with dignity and grace. They portray the love and pain of an old couple who are torn between their son's happiness and their own honour. The rest of the cast is mediocre at best, with no chemistry or charisma. The music by Onkar is forgettable and the direction by Kapoor is lacklustre.
Bas Ek Tamanna is a movie that can be easily skipped, unless you are a fan of Reema Lagoo or S.M. Zaheer. It is a movie that has nothing new or interesting to offer, and only succeeds in wasting your time and patience.