Movie: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Director: Shakun Batra

Cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah

jagran Rating:   (Good)

Story line: With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Karan Johar produced and Shakun Batra directed Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu starring the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor and the boy-next-door Imran Khan might just be the perfect film for you to take your guy or gal to the theatre for this weekend.

Rahul a jobless architect (Imran Khan) is a tight-ass guy brought up by his parents (Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah) in a strict manner. Riana ‘Ri’ Braganza is in a similar situation, a jobless hairstylist. While Rahul has never really loved a girl, Rihanna has had some six boyfriends since school.  This imperfect pair meets by chance on the Christmas Eve, gets drunk. But hell breaks loose when they discover themselves married to each other on next morning.  While this situation leaves Rahul perplexed, free-spirited Raina is super-chilled. Eventually they become good friends and file a divorce in court. But circumstances force the two to stay together for 14 days before they can get their marriage annulled. And in these 14 days, life changes for the two. While Rahul is deeply in love with Raina but she has no inclination towards him as far as love is concerned. Does love happen? Can’t reveal, for this you have to watch this movie.

Thumbs Up: Kareena, of course, is the lifeline of the film. Ravishingly beautiful and lovable Bebo finally gets a role to sink her teeth into after playing doll to the Khans in films like Bodyguard and RA.One. Kareena surpasses the expectations by her performance. Imran Khan is good but yet again, it’s his leading lady who steals the show with her mature performance. Imran-Kareena pairing is refreshing.

Boman Irani as Imran’s father fits in the bill perfectly, but at times is boring with his patent expressions.

In look and style, the film is like any Hollywoood romcom and David MacDonald’s cinematography captures Vegas beautifully. Asif Ali Shaikh’s editing is crisp. The film however, is full of surprises post interval with various powerful moments which are quite mind-boggling.

Shakun Batra springs a surprise with this movie. Even though the genre is a tried and tested one, Shakun makes the film enjoyable.

With a brilliant story written by Shakun and Ayesha Devitre, some quirky dialogues and smart screenplay, the film is able to lift the spirits of even those who are averse to rom-com genre. The second half of the movie is very interesting where Rahul gets transformed from a boy a to a man.
The music, given by Amit Trivedi is light, beautiful and young.

Thumbs down: At certain occasions dialogues are seemed to be punch less and initially the film loses its grip here and there. Music of the film can’t make it to chartbusters list, besides the title song.

Overall ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ is a perfect watch for this Valentine Day. You won’t be disappointed…

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