Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ek Main aur Ek Tu

Ek Main Aur Ek Tu is the name of Karan Johar's next production, starring Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan. I was looking forward to the film for a while now, especially after watching the trailer of the Agneepath remake. Agneepath basically revived all my hopes of Karan Johar's production capabilities, following the debacle called, We are Family. However, yesterday EMAET's theatrical trailer came out and I've got pretty mixed feelings. Take a look:

First off, the pairing of Kareena and Imran is fresh...it's weird, but still fresh. Imran may be a horrible actor, with worse facial expressions than John had in the beginning of his career, but Kareena is kick ass. Her spunk and personality does manage to salvage Imran's shortcomings. In my mind, Kareena is a veteran actress, who may be young, but looks very peculiar with Imran, who just recently joined the industry. I'm not complaining though.
Second, the film's premise is totally stolen. Come on, it is a back-to-back copy of What Happens in Vegas. They get drunk, get married without realizing it, go to get a divorce, are forced to spend time with each other and soon form a connection. That's just what I learned from the trailer. The sad thing is that not only are the plots similar, but both movies are set in Las Vegas. Karan Johar claimed, before and after the trailer unveiling, that the movies are nothing alike, but only an idiot can believe him. I think he forgot the meaning of "alike". He spent the big bucks to get the rights of crap-o-rama, Stepmom, but forgot to get them for this movie. Even if miraculously the movie turns out to be drastically different from WHIV, the stamp of being "another Bollywood copy" is already placed on it. Even We are Family was accused of being a "shameless copy", despite being an official remake. To make matter worse, the last scene of the trailer, when Kareena spits at the window and Imran stares at her shockingly, is copied from When Harry Met Sally. Where's the originality, Kjo?
Lastly, the film is looking too "Hollywood-ish". Why does every Hindi romantic comedy have to be shot abroad? The only recent romantic film that I REALLY enjoyed was Band Baaja Baarat, shot entirely in India. Ranbir Kapoor starrer, Anjaana Anjaani, shot in America, was horrible. You do not need to have characters that are so un-Indian. After all, it is an Indian movie. I need some more desi-ness, some more culture. I get enough of American culture from Hollywood, Dharma! 

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