Ek Mein Aur Ekk Tu

Posted in Cinema, DVD, Hindi, Reviews by Suganth on April 27, 2012

A smart and sweet rom-com that finds a pitch perfect tone between Hollywood and Bollywood sensibilities

Shakun Batra’s directorial debut is about an Indian boy and girl in the US who meet up, become friends and struggle to stay on that same level, while, inevitably, love sneaks in. Though it is about Indian characters, the premise might easily have been cooked up by any Hollywood screenwriter. On the script level, the film resembles a Nora Ephron rom-com (it is in a sense the Indian cousin of Nora’s When Harry Met Sally) but Batra imparts the scenes quite a few Wes Anderson-ish quirks (right from eccentric families to meticulously designed sets) as a director that make it remarkably refreshing. And, he also has the right actors, who strike the right note to match his film’s idiosyncratic tone. We have seen both Imran and Kareena in similar roles —his OCD-ish Rahul, still living in fear of disappointing his overbearing parents and her Riana, the bubbly girl with a devil-may-care attitude are in fact extensions of their roles in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Jab We Met respectively — but the two still manage to make these roles stand out. This is an almost pitch perfect rom-com and if there is an fault (if you could call it that), it is the fact that the characters are quite affluent that the romantic entanglement registers as a bigger crisis to them compared to the loss of a job. The DVD comes with a making of feature that is as crisp and slick as the film itself.

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