Thursday, 9 February 2012

Sanket’s Review: “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu” is formulaic popcorn flick.

Cast: Imran Khan, Kareen Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ram Kapoor.

Director: Shakun Batra

Length: 1.50 hours approximately.

After watching this fresh faced rom-com named EK MAIN AUR EKK TU, I am almost convinced that Indian rom-coms will be made only on one same old formula. Every director who attempts at rom-com will have to use that basic formula to make an happening love story. This film is no exception. The director’s nuances about love stories are very clear. From what he has made in this film, one can easily figure out what exactly he was trying to make. But its different point that he have missed the bus by tiny inches.
The film begins on a striking note which serves you the knowledge about out male protagonist who is brought up under a high profiled family. Such Family, which never concerns if their son is alright in his personal life, but they care hell lot about which tie their son should wear. Its really funny note and the film embark with more and more jokes. In-fact, the first half is superb where everything happens quite briskly. The director has strong hold on the humorous conversation between the leads. The direction is truly sharp in first half and that adds too much to the positives. Point at that interval sequence; Its not only funny but also meaningful and gives you the impression of love.

The script slackens soon in second half when the conflict arises between the protagonists. The writers frequently try to pioneer their script by exposing different kind of emotions, but sadly, all emotions are seen aplenty times before. Notice that scene in second half where Imran Khan bursts out his anger and frustration regarding his parents and their dream-world about their kid. That scene is so dragged that you feel exhausted. Even the end, is quite normal and hits the wrong beat.

Amit Trivedi’s music is very soothing and very well brought in the film. Be it title track or “Gubbare” or “Aunty Ji” and even the silent “Aahatein”, it all goes wheel within wheel with the rhythm. The cinematography is jaw-dropping. The locales add too much of freshness and supports the film in giving that ultra cool look. Shakun Batra is a fine director, and has potential to notch ahead. He handles some scenes to the perfection. Note that scene when Imran Khan is introduced to Kareena’s family. That scene particularly is not only hilarious but also makes you greedy to have such family. The writing dives downhill post-interval portions.

Imran Khan is excellent in this film. He expresses everything so efficiently that you get too close to his character. It’s a power-house performance and undoubtedly his best one. Kareena Kapoor match perfectly with Imran Khan and the chemistry sparks! But supporting cast is disappointing- Ratna Pathak Shah, Boman Irani and Ram Kapoor. Infact, the family of Kareena Kapoor does very good, but has very few to do.

Its your formulaic pop-corn rom-com which entertains you in bulk for the first half. Though the second half does have blemishes, but overall it’s a sweet and happening story between the terrific couple. Go and just place yourself in a seat and enjoy the ride with popcorn, cola and a love story.

Rating- 3/5 (Good)

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