ReviewWriter: JanakWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
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Karan Johar produced films are always a delight to watch. Be it romance, drama, comedy or even action, the films under his father's banner - Dharma Productions (the late Yash Johar), are always good quality produced films. For the past few years, Karan Johar has taken a backseat in directing (the last being - "My Name Is Khan") and has been on a roll introducing the new directors in Bollywood.
"Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu" (translated in English: 'One Me' and 'One You') is the latest Bollywood romance comedy by debutant director Shakun Batra. It tells the story of Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan), an architect based in Vegas, United States, who since young has been following his parents' instructions step-by-step like a robotic son. Everything he does is fully controlled by his parents' remote wish. Getting fired, frustrated with his boring life and hunting for a job, Rahul attends a physiatrist. It is during that time comes a bubbly, happy-go-lucky girl named Riana Briganza (Kareena Kapoor) and changes his life swiftly.
As she mistakes him for a different person, they decide to meet and have a drink. To Rahul's dismay, they wake up the next day married to each other. Riana being an open minded western-ized girl, suggests and arranges for annulment. As their lives keep clashing with each other, Rahul slowly starts to fall for Riana while she only thinks him as nothing more than just a friend. This is a story of two lost souls who somehow manage to find friendship and love in one another, despite their troubled lives.
Kareena Kapoor shines all the way as the bubbly Riana, while Imran provides good acting as the stiff but cute Rahul Kapoor. The first time pairing of these two actors are quite pleasant and surprisingly nice to watch. Their facial expression and emotions help their roles as Rahul and Riana. Comedian Boman Irani as Rahul's father does not do much as the story concentrates on the two main characters only.
The plot is very simple and the story moves forward at a decent pace, providing audience at ease throughout. The first half of the film shows the individual lives of the two characters, while the second half provides more depth on their feelings and also their family background. The debutant director (Shakun Batra) showcased a good directing and made a good attempt on the development of each character respectively.
Music director (Amit Trivedi) gives the background music and also the songs a very western-ized modern tune and feel, mixing with some Bollywood elements. Cinematography of Vegas is nicely shot and the backdrop helps the film's story to move forward without getting the audience bored.
Overall, the film does not disappoint. Perhaps the trailers and promos would have hinted the storyline, but somehow there is a fun twist in the end. Unlike other typical Bollywood films, this just runs below two hours. A good and enjoyable watch for couples and also families this coming Valentine's week.Cinema Online, 13 February 2012