Kareena in EMAETThe one thing that makes debutant director, Shakun Batra's 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' work is the fact that the film steers clear of melodrama and has an unpredictable climax but was there much else?
Avijit Ghosh writes in The Times of India, that the film is the 'sweetest heartbreak':
With only the faintest trace of the Hollywood hit, What Happens in Vegas (2008), Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu shows what first-rate direction and a cute but brave script can do to the done-to-death story of opposites getting attracted to each other. EMAET has heart, charm and an enviable lightness of being. And it certainly helps that the lead players are in fine form. Like quality wine, Kareena seems to improve with every passing year though you find shades of Geet (Jab We Met) in her part. And Imran brings just that right amount of balance to the difficult part of an uptight, gawky individual who evolves with every passing day. The movie is essentially his journey from boy to man. With its neon lights and flash, Las Vegas too is an important character adding to the film's mood and melody.
However, I tend to agree more with Kunal's take:
Like every heterosexual love story, this one has a boy and a girl. And since contemporary love stories have to live up to the new world solution (escapist cinema) of ditching the daily drudgery for chikna neighbourhoods, they will be based in Las Vegas. Our boy, Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) is a failing architect by profession, closet photographer and full-time domesticated rat, constantly pushed around by his parents. The girl, Riana Braganza (Kareena Kapoor) is an imported reincarnation of Geet from 'Jab We Met' who speaks more than she processes and is annoyingly and constantly happy without reason.
Shubhra Gupta points out in his review that while the film is an easy watch, there is hardly anything new:
On that template, 'Ek Main aur Ekk Tu' is a half and half: it gets where it needs to with flair, but not enough surprises. The film passes by pleasantly enough past all its expected roadsigns, providing a smile and an occasional chuckle (and one of the most rousing songs-and-dances I've seen in a while) but making you wish for more newness, both in its characters and in the way it wends its way onward.
Rajeev Masand says the movie has some genuinely funny moments:
'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' is a narrative that unfolds mainly through dialogue, and the lighter moments come at you as the odd couple gets to know each other. The humor hits the mark many times and falls flat occasionally, but the movie doesn't grate because the characters aren't trying too hard to be cute. A scene in which Rahul's ex-girlfriend decides to get frisky with him in a restaurant toilet stall, much to his horror, is amongst the high points in the film's first half.
While you might chose to ignore the lack of chemistry between the leads, Mayank Shekhar's review mentions how the film has managed to capture the vagueness that exists in a boy-girl relationship that fringes between romance and friendship:
Is the girl merely being friendly, or leading the boy on, is a conflict more common to less segregated, urban, real lives, like yours or mine. This one captures that vagueness quite well. That's neat subversion all right: completely worth your while!
You can read Kunal's review here.
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