Shakun Batra's Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is not a regular rom-com. It's not anything that you may have witnessed on the Bollywood screen earlier. Shakun Batra’s direction is mature and doesn’t look like the debut attempt of a director, say critics.
Shakun Batra's Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is not a regular rom-com. It's not anything that you may have witnessed on the Bollywood screen earlier. Shakun Batra’s direction is mature. This doesn’t look like the debut attempt of a director although it is, say critics.
It's fresh and unconventional "Intrinsically, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu may be a rom-com, but it's not anything that you may have witnessed on the Bollywood screen earlier. First-time director Shakun Batra brings with him a novel grammar of storytelling, which stresses more on tête-à-tête, while the camera captures those moments resplendently. Besides, Shakun doesn't rely on buffers like heavy-duty drama, earsplitting background score or props to augment a scene or move the narrative frontward. In short, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu doesn't take the conventional route. Neither is the plot humdrum, nor is the treatment unadventurous," writes Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama.
"With only the faintest trace of the Hollywood hit, What Happens in Vegas (2008), Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu shows what first-rate direction and a cute but brave script can do to the done-to-death story of opposites getting attracted to each other. EMAET has heart, charm and an enviable lightness of being. And it certainly helps that the lead players are in fine form. Like quality wine, Kareena seems to improve with every passing year though you find shades of Geet (Jab We Met) in her part. And Imran brings just that right amount of balance to the difficult part of an uptight, gawky individual who evolves with every passing day. The movie is essentially his journey from boy to man. With its neon lights and flash, Las Vegas too is an important character adding to the film's mood and melody," says Avijit Ghosh, TOI.
"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," writes Piyali Dasgupta, NDTV.
"Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu begins on a thin note, as it looks like a replica of Hollywood flick What Happens In Vegas, courtesy the accidental marriage aspect but, in due course the story takes a new turn. But, again, one can find traces of Jab We Met and Anjaana Anjaani in the screenplay which makes it quite conventional. The film however, is full of surprises post interval with various powerful moments which are quite mind-boggling. Watch out for the scene where Imran confronts his parents about his real feelings and later, seeks apology from Kareena which is complemented with an equally mesermerising act from actress’s end," Dainikbhaskar.com writes.
"EMAET is neither on the epic side like Dharma Productions' great, grand ancestors nor weighed down by an overload of pop culture references of those that define the genre. Instead the confection's appeal lies in its underplayed wit, quirky within plausibility protagonists and a refreshing disregard for conventional conclusions.
Almost like a big studio flick with an indie mindset. Almost," writes Sukanya Verma, Rediff.
Is it a Valentine's Day watch? "For those who swear by sentimental movies and are die-hard fans of rom-coms, who fervently wish Valentine's Day is prolonged eternally, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is akin to an answer to this yearning. Rom-coms relaxing in the splendor of harmonious compositions, a creative and innovative take on present-day romance, pulsating images and timed during the Valentine week… aah, you can't ask for more!" Writes Adarsh.
"Now is the time for a dramatic change in his life. And here comes Kareena Kapoor with a bang... @kjohar25"
"Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah playing Imran's parents. Imran is a 25 year old mama's boy. #Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu @bomanirani @kjohar25"
"A good ensembled cast has come up with a fine performance in the beginning...#Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu"
Conculsion "On the whole, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a slick, breezy and pleasant fare that should click with its target audience -- the youth -- and also has the potential to woo the older spectators as well. This take on love is refined, smart, lively and thoroughly pleasing thanks to its characters, conversations and the inherent humor. A perfect date movie. A film stuffed with exquisite moments that are sure to bring a wide smile on your face. Simply put, you cannot afford to miss Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Just go for it!" concludes Adarsh.
"On the whole, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is an entertaining and enjoyable fare for the city audience. Its business in multiplexes will be decent. Given its total investment of around Rs. 35-36 crore and given that it can easily recover around 60-65% of that from satellite, audio and home video, recovery of the balance 35-40% from India and Overaseas theatrical business is something which will be accomplished in the first week itself. It will, therefore, prove to be a comfortable earner," concludes Nahta.
"EMAET is the sweetest heartbreak that Bollywood has conjured in a long, long time. It works both as a college buddy movie and a date movie; for the young and the not-so-young. You can even watch it alone. And if a gorgeous girl asks you for a drink, go ahead, take a chance. As Rahul will tell you, it will be worth every second of your life," says Avijit Ghosh.