Perfectly Average (The new oxymoron)
Director: Shakun Batra
Cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sonia Mehra, Ram Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak Shah
Synopsis: Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan), 26, is on his way to become a carbon copy of his parents when he suddenly loses his job as an architect in Vegas. Afraid that he has let his parents down, Rahul decides to hide the truth and find another job. When by a twist of fate, he meets Riana Braganza, a quick-witted hairstylist, who is everything he isn`t. A series of events lead them to meet on Christmas eve over a few drinks… but like always, it’s never a ‘few’. Following this night of debauchery, they wake up to discover that they’ve gotten married. Now, Rahul has more than just his job loss to hide from his parents.They both decide to get it annulled as soon as possible and get an appointment from the court in ten days. Over the next ten days they have their share of arguments, moments and laughs that results in an unlikely friendship. Will this friendship turn to love? Will her warmth and fearlessness give Rahul the courage to face a long-simmering confrontation with his parents? Will a marriage that started as a drunken mistake help two people find themselves?
Review: ‘Tis that time of the year when falling in love is so easy with everything you see around you, from the first morning light, to the sight of many faces that smile… and it all happens every time the wintry month of January ends giving way to the smell of newly blossomed flowers in February. Flowers are reminiscent of love and friendship, so are chocolates and teddy bears.
While Valentine’s Day is marked to celebrate love for one another, it also gives gift shops and florists to capitalize on the “love theme”. Same is the case with films, there’s something in them for everyone to love, share and relate to. I was rather disappointed when I realized this year will see no Valentine’s Day release because we are moving on from mush to practicality and dark humour. As an avid romantic, this thought played on my mind. Just then, there was news of a feel good movie that was to hit the theatres around V-Day. Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu will be the Bollywood romance this year that will be loved by friends, friends of friends, lovers and families. All it will not do is satiate the cynics. With a “perfectly average” romantic angle to the perfect platonic relationship to an awesome familial bond, this film promises to cater to ’em all.
Imran plays Rahul Kapoor, son to Mr. & Mrs. Kapoor played by (my favourite veteran actors) Boman Irani & Ratna Pathak Shah, who are high-flying SoBoites [a term used for the residents of South Mumbai (Bombay)] and as the narrative pointed out, there are three categories of kids and Imran’s character was the first. He lives a life his parents want him to live whether he is in India or abroad. And it is true, peer and parental pressure is such that it only leave two options infront of a person – to do or not to do. But Rahul is an obedient boy to his parents yet an incomplete man inside. His life turns topsy-turvy when he is laid off from his job and he feels ashamed to discuss his failure. He decides to stay mum, shops for himself before the stores shut for the holidays (Christmas) and coincidentally meets Riana Braganza played by Kareena Kapoor. Their meeting leads them to the Wedding Chapel only to realise their folly the next morning. Poor Rahul now has more than one secret to hide from his folks while his new friend and wife shares everything with hers (it isn’t rocket science to understand that her character is the second category of kids).
The marriage after the drunken stupor was a mistake alright but it changed many things for the better. It also gave us a reason to be awe-stricken at the beautiful portrayal of a breakup & the survival of platonic relationships when there is an underlying one-sided love angle involved. Kudos to Shakun Batra and the co-writer, Ayesha Devitre for giving us a fresh look at relationships in today’s day and age. Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak Shah and Ram Kapoor completely justify their roles accompanied by other actors. There seemed no mismatch anywhere in the casting too.
There was immense speculation that Kareena Kapoor would not merge well with Imran Khan on-screen, considering he is younger to her and is less experienced in the industry too. How wrong were those speculations? Kareena looks good and continues to prove that she can act and doesn’t overshadow Imran in any way through out the film despite her role of an effervescent hairstylist. It can be totally believed that it is not the people but the chemistry they share that makes all the difference.
EMAET is indeed a coming-of-age story shot so well that the a place you may visit regularly shall also look different, complete credit to the DOP, David Mac Donald for that. The music is peppy hence addictive for there aren’t too many yet are great to listen to repeatedly. Producer Karan Johar is surely very pleased. There may soon be a self-help book on how “Life in Las Vegas can change in 14 days”.
Verdict: There were happy and sad moments, relatable in many ways. A feel-good film, perfect for all age groups.