Director: Shakun Batra
Cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sonia Mehra, Ram Kapoor, Boman Irani, Randhir Kapoor, Ratna Pathak
Stars: *** 1/2
Among the many smart lines in this film, one is when the girl tells the boy, ‘Tum perfect average ho, na kuch zyada na kuch kam karte ho.’ Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu can be summed up in that line too. Na kuch zyada na kuch kam ¦a near perfect rom-com.
Breezy and delightful, this film gets your attention from start to finish, keeps you smiling most part of it and yes, it reminds you of a slice of your own life.
Rahul (Imran Khan) has been struggling all his life to conform to the standards of his strict and ambitious father (Boman Irani) and a shallow socialite kind of a mother (Ratna Pathak).
He is a 25-year-old highly strung up virgin. Rahul meets Riana (Kareena Kapoor) in Las Vegas and they end up getting married to each other. Riana is all that Rahul is not. And the fun begins.
There are some truly funny scenes in the film, which might not get you howling in laughter, but they get you to smile, while watching it and much after you have watched the film. Like right now I am smiling as I remember a really funny scene where Rahul is being interviewed by two Japanese men. The kind of humour that exists in rare Hindi films.
Kareena Kapoor as Riana Briganza is outstanding.
While her character is endearing, it could have been a lot similar to her Geet in Jab We Met and any lesser actress would have easily copied the same act. But Kareena took it to another level and if I may add, made it a lot more sensitive. With her performance and by looking as gorgeous as she did, Kareena makes sure that you find it difficult to take your eyes off her.
Imran Khan has done a pretty decent job, and manages to convince you of the trauma of being a helpless fellow in a world full of aggressive people.
Apart from a sensitive script and solid direction, what also works for this film is the casting. Refreshingly, the film has not fallen over itself to get known stars to play character roles, just to make the film shinier. Instead, it has some unknown gems that not only fit their individual characters perfectly but together make it all a delightful experience.
A special mention has to be made of Ratna Pathak. In what seems like an extension of her role in Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, Pathak is fantastic.
The climax is brave, unpredictable and real. Go watch! Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a small packet of joy.