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Yahoo! Movies Review: I, Me Aur Main

John and his leggy beautiesCast:  John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, Prachi Desai

Direction: Kapil Sharma

Rating: **

John Abraham had said in his promotional interviews that he was confident that the content of the film will ensure its success but alas, his confidence was misplaced. Kapil Sharma’s ‘I, Me Aur Main’ had a promising premise but the execution left a lot to be desired.

Like the promos have made it abundantly clear, Ishaan Sabharwal (John Abraham) is a “man-child”, self-obsessed and narcissistic. He lives with his long-term girlfriend Anushka (Chitrangada Singh) but is too self-absorbed to notice that she is desperately in love with him and wants to take the relationship to the next level. Tired of being taken for granted she dumps him and throws him out of her apartment. Ishaan promptly moves on to a new house and girl next door Gauri (Prachi Desai).

Needless to say Ishaan and Gauri soon begin to get emotionally involved but there’s an inevitable twist in the tale. And to slow the already snail pace of the movie, pointless melodrama ensues. Ishaan has to essentially evolve through the length of the film but the transformation is so superficial that it doesn’t really strike a chord.

‘I, Me Aur Main’ never really picks up pace, the narrative plods along giving us very little to cheer about. The humour falls flat most of the time, there’s nothing wrong with it but it is not all that funny either. It’s not a very long movie but the pace is so slow that it drags at even a 108 minutes runtime. The music doesn’t really help lift our spirits.

John Abraham is convincing as a man in love with himself but his character is too linear. Chitrangada Singh is effective as the mature female lead who refuses to let her heart overrule her mind. Prachi Desai sometimes overdoes the bubbly optimistic girl bit, especially when she comes up with a plan to go to Paris almost refusing to see how complicated the situation is. Zareena Wahab is spot on as the indulgent mother and manages to make us smile every time she is onscreen. Raima Sen has a bit role but all I can remember about her is her garish eye make-up.

When John had produced a film with an unusual subject like ‘Vicky Donor’, I had hoped that this one would be a good fun watch but I was quite disappointed.

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