I'll play on the film's USP for this review and keep it short and crisp. No extra lines. But, just like you need to read this, you need to go and watch the film.
Shakun Batra's Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a coming-of-age film. Not for Kareena and Imran's characters, though, but for the industry and the audience. It's okay to say b-u-m without the beep. And talk sex among friends, without a beep. Admit it.
Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) lives to please his parents. Riana Braganza (Kareena Kapoor) has dumped six boyfriends and lives life on her own terms. They meet in Vegas but the movie is not about What happened in Vegas.
Instead, Imran Khan as the vulnerable Rahul evolves in front of your eyes. From uptight to edgy, he grows from boy to man.
Kareena takes up from where she left off in Jab We Met. I thought this was better. She adds just the right amount of pep to Riana Braganza. Rahul and Riana don't walk off into the sunshine. The movie has a surprising climax.
Amit Trivedi, the young music director comes with an impressive record. You'll remember him for the tracks from Dev D which earned him the National Film Award for Best Music Direction or for Aisha. My favourite is Iktaara from Wake Up Sid.
In Ek Main? the music keeps pace with the film, so it?s fun and romantic and energetic. Everyone's already humming the soft ballad Aahatein .
Aunty Ji is great fun and next big party song.
Grab your munchies ahead. This one is superbly edited ? there are no extra moments in the film and it compares easily to any Hollywood flick, for being a good-looking film.
Seasoned actors Boman Irani and Ram Kapoor don't really add too much. Though Ratna Pathak Shah as Rahul's airhead mom is quite a treat.
Pappu can't dance saala but he sure can make a film (Shakun Batra's the latest director to be launched by Karan Johar is Pappu from Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na's cult song. I'll go with three and a half stars for this film plus a half for the superb editing, so four out of five.
Auntiji's do watch it.