To be very honest, I never really understood what the entire hullaballoo was about 500 Days of Summer. As in the movie was a visual spectacle, with the actors doing all that they possibly could, but that beyond, even for a pop-fic movie, I couldn’t really get the pulse. My bad, I guessed!
And therefore, when Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu released and there was pressure from all quarters to go and see it, I was like quoting Plato all through — twice removed, twice removed.
But I was contracting for no real reason. And I knew that. So I decided to see it. I haven’t been much in my car, therefore I have really no idea about which song these days is from which film. So I must declare right at the beginning that when I saw Amit Trivedi’s name as the music man for the film, I was reasonably excited. And neither he, nor did the movie let me down even for one bit.
Sure, it did get to its usual productivity stagnation phase, but thankfully it was towards the end and did not last for a long time. That I must say is something that they played out much better than you get to see in the usual Hindi films of the same genre. Sure, here too we had to go into sad depressive song (yes, no plural) and all that fore lone looks took place from all angles, but I am just saying that now since I was to get over with the ugly part of this piece. And from this point onwards, we are all good to go.
And in which case, I must need mention whether this movie is different from 500 Days of Summer at all, or is it just another blatant Bollywood language change copy… Yes, and no. Doesn’t make sense? Yes, it does…
For the first time, Bollywood robbed the style content from a Hollywood movie and while retaining the flavor of the west they corroborated everything with their own factory settings. And they made a swell entertaining film. And I must also mention that in all this commotion they did not break back into their usual stereotypical plots at any point. In short, with Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu, Bollywood tried to experiment from within their boundaries. And I guess that is exactly what worked for the movie.
Imraan Khan is slowly started to find his groove in different kinds of movies that he takes his time in doing. Variation without substance is a horribly wrong attempt to take, and this he must have learnt from attempting Kidnap and Luck. But he finally realized that he has an extremely urban face and social context and therefore, breaking into unbelievable roles would never work for him. Ergo, Delhi Belly and now Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu.
Kareena Kapoor seems to have finally shed ambitions for a size zero or whatever that crap was, and now she has finally put on some much needed weight. RESULT: She has never looked more desirable, more ravishing, in a look that is surely going to go with her for life now. She has never looked prettier, and I must perhaps also add, that she has never acted better. Kareena too seems to have finally found her place in the world of celluloid. You fall in love with her character, not with Kareena, who you almost kind of forget while watching this movie. Its called Good Acting.
Over all, I must admit that this was one hell of a joy ride and thankfully, there is a serious attempt to tailor make films for the postcolonial subaltern cineplex going audience. We have been on twin sharing for quite some time, and its not our fault if our historiographies and social idealism force us to a more occidental mindset. We are more at home with Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu, and we thank Dharma Productions for helping us out.
Watch Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu for the sheer fun of it. You won’t regret the time spent.
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