Reviewing the Reviews: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

14 Feb,2012

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

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

Directed by: Shakun Batra

Produced by: Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Ronnie Screwvala

Screenplay by: Ayesha Devitre, Shakun Batra


After the very violent Agneepath two weeks ago, Karan Johar’s production house has produced newbie Shakun Batra’s Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, what is now known as, a typical Karan Johar film- a big-budget, empty-headed romance shot with lavish production values on a glamorous foreign location Still, some critics have found merit in this otherwise formulaic rom-com, because of an atypical ending.


On the whole the film got positive reviews with 3 stars, with a few 4 and 2.5s thrown in for variety. The public inIndiawas, going by initial reports, not as kind, but the film got a better reception abroad, according to trade reports.


Avijit Ghosh of The Times of India kept on with the 4-star tradition. “With only the faintest trace of theHollywoodhit, What Happens in Vegas (2008), Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu shows what first-rate direction and a cute but brave script can do to the done-to-death story of opposites getting attracted to each other. EMAET has heart, charm and an enviable lightness of being. And it certainly helps that the lead players are in fine form. Like quality wine, Kareena seems to improve with every passing year though you find shades of Geet (Jab We Met) in her part. And Imran brings just that right amount of balance to the difficult part of an uptight, gawky individual who evolves with every passing day. The movie is essentially his journey from boy to man. With its neon lights and flash,Las Vegastoo is an important character adding to the film’s mood and melody.”


Aniruddha Guha of DNA also gave it a 4 star rave. “Director Shakun Batra shows rare deftness for a first-time filmmaker in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (EMAET). It is full of honest, warm moments that – to their credit – work without the manipulation most directors resort to in films belonging to this genre. Instead, Batra relies on sharp dialogue, and some well-etched out characters. I’d go a step further and say that the film is the best you would have seen recently in the two genres it melds together – a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age-drama, something Wake Up Sid just about fell short of.”


Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave it 2.5 and was left a bit cold. “Ek Main aur Ekk Tu is a half and half: it gets where it needs to with flair, but not enough surprises. The film passes by, pleasantly enough, all its expected roadsigns, providing a smile and an occasional chuckle (and one of the most rousing songs-and-dances I’ve seen in a while) but making you wish for more newness, both in its characters and in the way it wends its way onward.”


Sukanya Varma of went with 3 stars too. “EMAET is neither on the epic side like Dharma Productions’ great, grand ancestors nor weighed down by an overload of pop culture references of those that define the genre. Instead the confection’s appeal lies in its underplayed wit, quirky within plausibility protagonists and a refreshing disregard for conventional conclusions. Almost like a big studio flick with an indie mindset. Almost.”


Taran Adarsh also gave it 3 and commented: “For those who swear by sentimental movies and are die-hard fans of rom-coms, who fervently wish Valentine’s Day is prolonged eternally, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is akin to an answer to this yearning. Rom-coms relaxing in the splendour of harmonious compositions, a creative and innovative take on present-day romance, pulsating images and timed during the Valentine week… aah, you can’t ask for more!”


Rajeev Masand with 3 stars found it light and breezy. “It’s fairly typical stuff, and first-timer Shakun Batra adds all the usual ingredients. If you’ve seen even three decent rom-coms, you know where this is headed. Yet these characters feel real, and they grow on you gradually despite their standard-issue problems – he has controlling parents, she only lives for the moment. But it’s the curveball that the writers throw at you in the end that displays a rare maturity about relationships that films in this genre seldom possess.”


Komal Nahta of Film Information and gave it three stars and pinned the problem down from the trade point of view. “Ayesha Devitre and Shakun Batra’s story is quite new for the Indian audience because here, a girl and a boy get married and then come close to each other during the period needed to end the marriage. Their screenplay is designed to appeal mainly to the youngsters in the cities. In other words, the drama, like the thought, is very urbane and while it will be enjoyed by the multiplex and city audiences, it won’t quite be lapped up or, in some cases, even understood too well by the audience in the smaller centres and of the single-screens.”


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