If you have seen ‘What Happens In Vegas’ starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz, you already know where Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu begins. Cameron Diaz was dumped by her boyfriend and Ashton Kutcher was thrown out of a job by his own father. The two decided to party in Vegas to overcome their grief (expensive idea?).
Similarly, in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu our chocolate boy Rahul Kapoor (would Karan Johar and his team ever come out of the hangover of Rahuls and Kapoors) played by Imran Khan and Riana Braganza (Kareena Kapoor) meet in Vegas one night when they are both unemployed. Just like What Happens in Vegas, they get married after being a little too drowned in alcohol. But unlike “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, the incident rocks their normal life the next morning although the couple is calm and decides to settle for an amicable divorce.
By now you may not be too impressed or captivated by the whole idea but it does not matter when you are watching a romantic comedy on the weekend leading to Valentine’s Day with your partner in the next seat. Coming back to the movie how is it that the heroes and heroines of Bollywood manage to have all the fun when they are supposed to be worked up with unemployment and different problems in life? It does not matter when Kareena Kapoor has been instructed by Shakun Batra (Director) to remain happy throughout the movie with or without a genuine reason and Imran Khan has been asked to be calm, introvert and shy. There is nothing new in what Riana or Kareena does in the movie and we have seen her essaying these roles more than anybody else. She does not impress much but she is still a pleasure to the eyes. Imran is maturing as an actor and this movie goes on to prove that. His last release Mere Brother Ki Dulhan did well at the box office and this one would take him a notch higher for his acting skills.
The film does not boast of powerful or humorous dialogue which is a big drawback for a script that was meant to make people fall in love and laugh. The ones you have seen in the trailer are just about it and do not expect anything more. As a matter of fact, much of the movie can run over its playtime with you leaning back on the multiplex seat or a gold class (have to impress her) and not even realizing there is something happening on screen.
The music would not make much of a mark either when you are watching the movie or when you go back home. The background score is unnoticeable, the title track is a wannabe in electronic genre and it is only Aunty Ji that has some punk to spice things up. The problem with these Bollywood romantic comedies is that they set the stories in Vegas and similar locations but the characters, plots with their logic or without it do not gel with the cultures, lifestyle or the essence of the places. Moreover, even if we struggle to accept Imran’s Rahul Kapoor to be 25, it is absolutely impossible to accept Kareena Kapoor’s Riana Braganza to be 26. Indian audience has evolved enough to see through such unbelievable gimmicks.
Anyway, the film does try to hammer one point rather unintentionally that Friendship and Love are two different and absolutely nonrelated feelings and relationships. While love must transcend from friendship the latter does not always lead to love. It is kind of a lesson where teenagers are being told that friendship culminates into love but all friendship does not lead to love. Which means that you need to be friends to fall in love but it is not necessary that all friends would turn into lovers. If you are confused, do not blame me but the makers of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu since they are the ones who actually had no idea what they want to drive home. The movie lacks punk, punch, the romantic brilliance that Karan Johar’s films once had (this is not his direction though) and all other ingredients that must be present for a romantic comedy blockbuster.
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu tries hard to be different and by the time you reach the climax they turn out to be different but you would not fail to notice that the difference is rather self indulged and not in sync with the entire film. It seems more being pushed into the script than an offspring of what had been cooking for two hours.
To be very fair and absolutely neutral, this movie is perhaps going to score well since it is the weekend for the love birds and a light hearted romantic movie with a young good looking chap and the beautiful Kareena would certainly be a nice recipe for success. I am not entirely sure of the statistics but most people have possibly booked tickets for the movie over the Valentine’s Day weekend and if you do not do so you would head for a break up if not a divorce like Rahul and Rianna.
Karan Johar is on a roll. After Agneepath bagging a place in the 100 crore club, he is all set to have a hit if not a blockbuster with Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. The movie is perhaps a safe bet for even first dates since it does not have anything weird, vulgar or anything of that sort. At the end of the day, all movies need not be on the line of middle of the road movies and some have specific business targets to meet. Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is that perfect Valentine ’s Day evening hang out and you can follow it up with a nice dinner closing at 9.30 p.m. (saare nau baj rahe hain) or 9.45 p.m. (paune dus) depending on your situation.