Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ek Main...Aur Ekk Tu: an American film made in Hindi, a mistake




Ek Main...Aur Ekk Tu does not take off by Indian standards. It is a romance that remains tepid. Its humour is weak. This is a typical multiplex film, that might amuse but not please the metro teeny-boppers. There are no good songs which express the feelings of the boy (Rahul Kapoor, 25, played by Imran Khan without much conviction) for the girl (Rianna Braganza, 27, played by the lovely Kareena Kapoor with sufficient warmth). Director Shakun Batra must be pleased with himself that he has found an American solution to Generation Y's dilemma of not being able to distinguish between love and friendship. It is an American solution which does not resonate with Indians as such. Of course, it would be futile to protest. This is an American movie made in India and the emotions are all American. The film goes through the typical American motions and that too in the most superficial manner -- of going to the shrink, and spending Christmas Eve at a restaurant. The romance remains at the pre-take off stage, where the couple are giving the helpful nudge to each other.
The film gets interesting when the couple make the trip home to Mumbai and things do look up a bit. But the director and the story-writers seemed hell bent on striking the listless American note.
Kareena Kapoor certainly looks older that Imran Khan and the fact is incorporated into the storyline with a certain deftness. But she remains radiant and the director fails to tap into this aspect of Kareena Kapoor's persona. She showed the same effulgent quality in what was a fake film, Omkara. It would have been nice if this fact was used a little more in developing the emotional equation between the two twenty-somethings. It is forgotten. Imran has acted in his debut film, where the confusion persists between love and friendship. It is resolved in favour of love as it should be in Jaaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na. Imran Khan still remains an un-impact-ful actor. He is a little too self-conscious and a little too intellectual like Aamir Khan to be an actor who can abandon himself to the role.
The American style, or more precisely the Hollywood style, embraced with such enthusiasm by many of the younger directors in the Hindi film industry is both amusing and contemptible. But this will pass once there are better directors who know how to tap into Indian emotions through Indian stories.

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