Stars – Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah and Boman Irani.
Rating- 8.5 / 10
Ek main aur ekk tu is a fresh, peppy, youth centric film revolving around the lives of two very different individuals, and how the two weeks they spend together, change their lives for the better. It is a very different and realistic film that the youngsters can identify with. They illustrate a typical, complicated relationship, loaded with misunderstandings and squabbles.
Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) is a dedicated child who diligently obeys his parents’ directed guidance and buries his own passions to make his parents feel proud of him. He is a submissive, dull individual who needs to spice up his life and bring some joviality, which enters his life as Raina (Kareena Kapoor). She, on the contrary is a very high-spirited, vibrant personality who is full of love and life, having every attribute he doesn’t. He plays the role of a lost, unfocussed architect and she is a funky hairdresser, both creative workers but having contrasting personalities. They’re both unemployed, problematic creatures and fate brings them together to spend one drunken night along with each other, which changes everything! To their utmost bewilderment, they wake up the next morning to find themselves married to each other. Over a period of two weeks that they spend together, she helps him bring out the best in himself and meanwhile, he falls in love with her, whereas she on the other hand has no such feelings for him.
Even though initially after the promos had come out, comparisions were made to Ashton Kutcher starrer, ‘What Happens In Vegas’. But in truth, it is completely different. The only similarity is the city concerned and the accidental marriage. It is a completely novel idea and story, which is the USP of this movie.
The story has a realistic, unique and unconventional ending, which I personally believe is something to watch out for. Kareena’s performance has doubtlessly been as good as ever. She has done away with her glamourous attire and played her traditional, trademark role of the bubbly but bold girl-next-door. Imran on the other hand has made a good attempt to improve his acting abilities but there definitely is some need to brush up his acting skills. But, he looks as stunning as ever with his cute, chocolate boy features. Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah, who play Rahul’s strict, overpowering parents, have done a good job as usual.
The music of the movie lived up to Dharma’s usual standards. The title track and ‘Auntiji’ have been topping the music charts right since the beginning. The music was very simple, but peppy and catchy, and suited the template of the film and songs were placed at the right places and at the right times.
It has been shot at Las Vegas, one of the most happening cities in the world, but the true essence of the city is missing. The casinos and the night clubs are missing. The title song has been shot very imaginatively showing a fun, drunk night that the two spend together. The other songs like ‘Gubbare’ although slow, also somehow very surprisingly linger in your mind because of the brilliant screenplay and strong visuals. Imran’s newly wed, Avantika Khan’s short cameo during ‘Auntiji’ was uncalled for but such publicity stunts are a trademark of Dharma Productions.
First time director, Shakun Batra has actually designed a very different plot and styling that hasn’t been witnessed ever before. It’s not excessively dramatic with platitudinous dialogues and scenes, but conveys the romance with simplicity and eloquence. The story hasn’t been stretched forward meaninglessly with unnecessary songs and scenes. It is precise and beautiful in its own unfamiliar way.
People who are crazy rom-com fans and die-hard romantics, this is the movie to watch out for this Valentine’s Day. It has all the cliché romantic scenes, conversations and the cute moments that every rom-com promises but in a very unique and unfamiliar manner. If you have no plans this Valentine’s, Ek main aur ekk tu is your answer!