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Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu  : High on style, low on sense
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Friday, February 10, 2012
Romantic comedy
Shakun Batra
Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan
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For the umpteenth time comes another rom-com where opposites are thrown together. In the Jab We Met mould is the loud, chirpy-happy girl and a straight-laced sober boy but this time it comes with a light, frothy feel and a fresh ending.

The plot: Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan), a ‘tight ass’,  upright architect works in Vegas as the first step to his multi-millionaire dad’s explicit career plans for his son. Between his socialite mom (Ratna Pathak Shah) who calls him ‘Baby’, decides the colour of his tie for him and asks him to chew his food 32 times, and his dad (Ram Kapoor) who has his life charted out for him, Rahul is quite the poor little rich boy who can’t put a toe out of line. And then there is Rihanna Braganza (Kareena Kapoor) whose personal life is complicated – she yearned to be a ballet dancer, had architecture as Plan B, but has ended up as a hairstylist. And she has been in and out of relationships. But the mood is always upbeat, making Rahul wonder at one moment in the dead of the night, ‘How are you always so happy?’ Hmm, Katrina Kaif and Hrithik in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara? Two total contrasts, one has never tasted freedom, the other doesn’t acknowledge rules and lives completely in the moment. One moves on auto-pilot set by his parents, the other is a drama queen. But it’s serendipity that they meet, they binge and wake up next morning, married a la What Happens In Vegas. But the similarity ends there.

The good: It’s a sweet, cliché-free ending for a rom-com and it was pretty cute the way her being two years older than him is mentioned with by the way casualness and done away with. The treatment is fresh even though the plot is so horribly predictable most of the way. What’s nice is the smile brought on by a decent amount of humour, especially for the city slick youth. Like there’s this reference to her PMSing.  It’s a frothy affair with peppy dialogues by Ayesha Devitre and Shakun Batra. Kareena is an over-the-top character for the millionth time (remember Geet?) but she comes off more polished this time around and looks gorgeous (costumes, Manish Malhotra). Imran doesn’t have much to do except look perplexed and robot-like and he doesn’t disappoint as he plays the “perfectly average guy” pretty perfectly.The music by Amit Trivedi has a couple of ‘jivey’, lively numbers like ‘Aunty ji’ and the title track. They suit the mood but are not hysterically chartbuster material.

The bad: The film is way too predictable and not for those expecting more than the run-of-the-mill rom-com. Debutant director Shakun Batra barely serves up anything completely original at any point, due to which the film seems a tad stretched in spite of a tolerably short length. The climax also comes and goes so without a fuss that you don’t realise it’s there until it’s over.

Overall: Strictly for rom-com fans, there is fresh cheekiness in the lines and doesn’t really bore you out.

PS: Lovers of logic and substance may please stay away.

– Pooja Thakkar

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