Ek Main aur Ekk Tu is the story of two strangers – Rahul, a 25 year old architect who has grown up living his life according to his parents wishes – “Beta chew your food 32 times before swallowing” says mom and Riana, a 27 year old free-spirited soul & hair-stylist by profession living her life exactly the way she wants having dumped six Mr. Rights. The two spend a drunken night in Vegas, get married and spend the next two weeks together waiting for the annulment of their marriage. What happens in those two weeks forms the crux of the story.
The first half is light and breezy with the two of them hanging out, getting to know each other giving us some pretty views of Vegas and some hummable tunes to go with.
It’s the second half that truly differentiates the movie from conventional romcoms treading onto a refreshingly different path. As the two head to Mumbai, the introduction of Kareena’s zany family and Imran’s coming of age with his own family followed by the conclusion thereafter makes for fresh viewing.
Kareena Kapoor’s Riana has shades of Jab We Met’s Geet but she is terrific as usual and looks lovely as well. This is Imran Khan’s best performance to date. As his character does in the movie, he really loosens up this time round and his arc from the uptight parents’ puppet to coming of age is distinctly visible. The supporting characters do a fine job – especially Rianna’s quirky family. I wish Ratna Pathak Shah and Boman Irani as Rahul’s parents were given fleshier characters although they are still solid as ever.
The music is easy on the ears and compliments the movie well with a special mention to Aahatein which will stay with me for a while.
My score: 7 on 10.
- Ek Main aur Ekk Tu.
- Running time: 110 mins approx.
- Starring: Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor
- Directed by: Shakun Batra