Movie Review: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Story: An architect Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) and hairstylist Raina Braganza (Kareena Kapoor) are strangers and jobless. The duo happen to bump into each other on the Christmas Eve and eventually get high on drinks. But hell breaks loose for society conscious Rahul (who hails from an elite class), when he discovers himself married to Raina the next morning. On the contrary, free-spirited Raina is super-chilled about the situation, which surprises Rahul, but later he falls for this very quality of Raina. Instead of feeling awkward, they become thick friends and file a divorce in the court. Raina introduces him to her family and deeply in love with Raina; Rahul gets the second blow when Raina shows no inclination towards HIM as far as love is concerned. What happens next is an interesting watch.
Story Treatment: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu begins on a thin note, as it looks like a replica of Hollywood flick What Happens In Vegas, courtesy the accidental marriage aspect but, in due course the story takes a new turn. But, again, one can find traces of Jab We Met and Anjaana Anjaani in the screenplay which makes it quite conventional. The film however, is full of surprises post interval with various powerful moments which are quite mind-boggling. Watch out for the scene where Imran confronts his parents about his real feelings and later, seeks apology from Kareena which is complemented with an equally mesermerising act from actress’s end.
Star Cast: Kareena surpasses the expectations by her performance, which is par excellence. Though, she dominates most of the times as a chirpy and lively character, which is her forte; Imran too doesn’t withhold as he beautifully switches lanes from being timid to being assertive. Boman Imrani as Imran’s father fits in the bill perfectly, but at times is boring with his patent expressions. Ditto goes for Imran’s mother, Ratna Pathak who brings the memories of Sarabhai V/s Sarabhai on big screen. Ram Kapoor in small, but pivotal role pulls it off nicely.
Direction: The climax of the film justifies the entire narration and why the characters react in a certain way thus, initial verdict, a cocktail of many films falls flat. The director could have taken the liberty of adding new elements to the film, which would have made it a flawless venture. The director makes it up for the missing chemistry between Imran-Kareena as he showcases one-sided love. A wonderful moment is created when real-life sweethearts Imran-Avantika do a cameo in the song 'Auntyji'.
Music/ Cinematography/ Dialogues/Editing: Music speaks volumes and goes with the flow of the story but can’t make it to chartbusters list, besides the title song. Cinematography is ‘A’ class. Dialogues are too casual that leaves them slightly punch-less at certain occasions. Editing is the saviour as it keeps the film short and crisp.
3 Ups and 3 Downs: Stunning performances, editing, cinematography and extremely unique climax makes it a special film. Monotonous approach towards story-writing and screenplay along with music are the drawbacks.
Overall, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a typical popcorn entertainer with super-amazing climax, which puts it in a different league altogether.