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Movie Review: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, it was expected that the production house which gave us romantic classics like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kal Ho Naa Ho would give us the romantic comedy of 2012.

Alas, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (EMAET) is a dumbed down coming-of-age film than that feel good rom-com you take your better half to this week.

EMAET is set in Las Vegas and narrated by Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan), a 25-year-old architect who can’t tell his overbearing parents that he has lost his job. He bumps into the 27-year-old hairstylist, Riana Briganza (Kareena Kapoor), and after an alcohol-filled evening the two find themselves married.  As they go about the process of getting their marriage annulled, the two become closer as their friendship evolves.

While EMAET seems like a romantic film, it’s actually a coming-of-age film. In the beginning, Rahul is an uptight and repressed boy who thanks to Riana’s extroverted and carefree attitude becomes a confident man by the end of the film. Yet unlike Wake Up Sid, which explored this genre as well, EMAET takes a simplified approach at this journey.

For the first time, a movie review became difficult for me to write. It’s not that I really loved the movie or hated it, it’s just I didn’t really feel anything for it.  Right before the intermission, when (SPOILER!) Rahul realizes he love Riana, I couldn’t help but think, “So?”

The film goes down a very beaten track and the screenplay doesn’t offer anything fresh. You can pretty much figure out how the film will progress at each turn. Though admitedly, the end is a slightly offbeat one for Bollywood films).

For a simple film like EMAET, the outcome lies heavily on the lead cast. Imran Khan does very well as the uptight Rahul Kapoor and his evolution is believable. Kareena Kapoor has a role very similar to Geet of Jab We Met. That being said, her styling and look in this film isn’t the impeccable Bebo we are used to seeing. The lead pair don’t disappoint, but their histrionics are limited by the simple story.

A romantic comedy also requires an outstanding soundtrack. While the title track and “Aunty Ji” are foottapping, the rest of the soundtrack disappoints. Additionally, the visuals are disappointing with the breathtaking skyline of Las Vegas not translating on screen.

Debutant director Shakun Batra attempts to breathe freshness into the film with western influenced dialogue and situations but he forgets the core of emotion. EMAET disappoints for this very reason.

Dollz Rating: 2 stars out of 5


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Synopsis:

Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan), 26, is on his way to become a carbon copy of his parents when he suddenly loses his job as an architect in Vegas. Afraid that he has let his parents down, Rahul decides to hide the truth and find another job. When by a twist of fate, he meets Raina Braganza, a quick-witted hairstylist, who is everything he isn’t.

A series of events lead them to meet on Christmas Eve over a few drinks… but like always, it’s never a ‘few’. Following this night of debauchery, they wake up to discover that they’ve gotten married. Now, Rahul has more than just his job loss to hide from his parents.

They both decide to get it annulled as soon as possible and get an appointment from the court in ten days. Over the next ten days they have their share of arguments, moments and laughs that results in an unlikely friendship.

Will this friendship turn in love? Will her warmth and fearlessness give Rahul the courage to face a long-simmering confrontation with his parents? Will a marriage that started as a drunken mistake help two people find themselves?

Directed by debutant Shakun Batra and produced by Dharma Productions, the film released worldwide on February 10th, 2012.

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