Ek Main Aur Ek Tu – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on February 10, 2012 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – Karan Johar, Ronnie Screwvala, Hiroo Johar
DIRECTOR – Shakun Batra
WRITER – Ayesha Devitre, Shakun Batra
CAST – Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan
MUSIC – Amit Trivedi
In Hindi cinema, the word ‘Rahul’ has become symbolic of some sort of an Everyman. This time round, this hallowed epithet is worn by Imran Khan. In Hindi cinema the girl interestingly may have unique names from to time. So if she isn’t Pooja or Priya, she is Simran or in this case Rihana Braganza. Excitingly out of the box for Bollywood, you’d think, won’t you?
Unfortunately, this breezy rom-com takes the same old route almost every boy-meets-girl story in film land does. In this version it is boy meets girl and in a drunken state gets married (The similarity with What Happened in Vegas ends there). And then circumstances have them tag along with each other until they become good friends and continue the tagging. No, not the facebook type, but the type where the girl tags the boy all the way from Vegas to Mumbai so that he can have some fun in his otherwise boring life. The chirpy giggly girl who has it all figured out begins the reformation of the serious, sad-looking boy and wins his heart. It has by now become difficult to count how many times we have seen that before onscreen.
Back in Mumbai, the girl unveils her delightfully happy-go-lucky middle-class family. An ensemble cast and treatment that director Shakun Batra infuses with real old South Mumbai charm and the ‘happy family’ energy. On the other end there are the strict, rule-bound parents of Rahul (A bored looking Ratna Pathak Shah and equally bored Boman Irani) who, immersed in their upper class superficiality have suppressed Rahul’s every desire. Rihanna teaches Rahul to break free but not before he falls head over heels in love with her. A love to which, unfortunately she doesn’t respond. It is here the film gets slightly unconventional. However, this conflict comes so late that it makes the entire film seem insipid and uninspiring for what may be termed as a lack of story, plot or purpose.
The film is structured as a coming-of-age film. Rahul summarily comes of age in one loud outburst at a business dinner leaving with a half-hearted ‘sorry’ note back to Vegas without putting the pieces of his life together he has just undone. Unnaturally also, the film ends on an open note. A note which isn’t a point of contention as much as the montage manner it is treated with is. A lack of closure to an already story-less plot would likely make a less than satisfying especially for a rom-com, one would think.
Imran Khan continues to play his character in this film in the same stiff and staid manner he is used to play every character of his. Kareena Kapoor smiles her way through the entire film trying hard to invest her magnetic screen presence and spontaneity onto the listless surroundings. But all we take back is how she glows in her slim-fit jeans and casual attire.
The film speaks in an urban language and hints at a very urban understanding of dating as well. While this is refreshing and in parts intuitive, it is over-ridden with cutesie clichés that make it look like we have seen everything a few times over already. Yet another rom-com.