Ek Main Aur Ek Tu

emaetMovie is set in Las Vegas, the city of hasty marriages and instant gratification. The hero, Rahul (Imran Khan) is a low-on-self-esteem and out-of-job architect while the heroine, Rianna Briganza (Kareena Kapoor) is a fun-loving and wild-spirited hair stylist, out of job too. Now one evening, these two meet over some drinks and in a drunken stupor end up getting hitched in a local wedding chapel.  The next day when they are their usual selves again, they realize their mistake and call for an annulment. Meanwhile unforeseen circumstances force them to stay together and slowly they become good friends.

Next, they fly to India for a week-long vacation where Rianna is embraced in the warmth of her family while Rahul has to endure his overbearing father and social butterfly mother. Rahul realizes he is in love with his friend while for Rianna, he is just a friend (done to death, yawn!). So the movie ends on a hopeful note of them coming together as more than just friends. The first half is interesting with a few comic scenes but post interval the movie drags on.

Imran Khan is a fine actor but God alone knows why he is torturing himself (and us too!) by doing straight jacketed stereotype roles. Kareena needs a break and some refresher acting courses. Her roles are now just an extension of her Jab-We-Met-bubbly and vivacious next-door-girl Geet.

Seriously it’s a nice watch if you have plenty of time to kill and nothing else to do.

Agent Vinod

Agent VinodAgent Vinod: Movie Review: What comes to your mind when you see a handsome brooding man looking dapper and suave in a slim black suit, next fighting with gun-toting Taliban and Russian mafia, and then zipping across one country to another before you can even say “Rasputin” in a bid to save the world? Of course, there is only one name that one can think of. Bond. Yes, this is no other than our desi Bond, Raw Agent, Vinod (sans the cool gadgets and Q).

Actor turned producer, Saif Ali Khan, has left no stones unturned to make this slick spy thriller a commercial success. Shot in beautiful international locales; girls (even a blonde) in skimpy outfits, décolletés and (OMG!) a bikini no less; terrorists and; songs and dance (even a mujra number from Kareena) to woo the public. Movie is very gripping till the interval (I didn’t even take a ‘washroom’ break), but post-interval, the movie loses its agenda and becomes mediocre with the same terrorist formula done to death. Overcrowded with a medley of actors, the film drags after a certain point. Looks like the scriptwriter was underpaid and the editor dozed off on the chopping board. Saif looks athletic and rugged (as a spy should be) and does justice to the role. For Kareena, less said the better.

Still, thumbs up for a nice attempt, Chhote Nawab!

Talash

TalaashThe much-awaited Aamir Khan movie beckoned us on a Monday night. Rishi, being a huge fan of this ‘perfectionist’ actor, had booked Lounge seats in advance and was looking forward for an exciting evening. But his enjoyment was somewhat marred by someone playing a movie spoiler with him.

The film starts with a car speeding on the empty Worli Seaface in the wee hours of the morning and then suddenly plunging into the sea. It’s revealed later that the driver cum victim was a hugely popular Bollywood actor Armaan Kapoor (Vivaan Bhatena). Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) is entrusted to look into this high profile case. What looks like a simple case gets more and more mysterious with various twists and turns. Surjan Singh in his quest to solve the murder mystery (it’s established early on that it could not have been a suicide) drives across the under belly of Mumbai in the night and comes across a medley of characters, all suspicious in nature. The murder case is interestingly interwoven with Surjan’s personal life. Surjan singh or Suri (as he is fondly called by his wife Roshni) is having a hard time coping with a personal tragedy, his marriage is in shambles; work is all he has that keeps him driving.  His nocturnal meetings with a prostitute Rosie (Kareena Kapoor) keeps him away from his marital bed while his distraught wife, Roshni (Rani Mukherji) suspects him of having an affair. After a lot of unexpected turns, the mystery is revealed which is totally unpredictable and unconventional.

Though Aamir Khan is known to do films of different genres and you always expect them to be different, you are never completely prepared for the surprise factor in his movies. The same is the case with Talaash. Aamir Khan has given a power-packed performance. His emotions as a helpless father, troubled husband and a baffled inspector are very raw and palpable. You sympathize with the character and feel his emotions throughout the journey. Rani Mukherji, sans make up looks as beautiful and convincing. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get much of a scope to showcase her acting prowess. Kareena Kapoor (or should I say Kareena Kapoor Khan? I am not sure about her adopted name, so will stick to the original) is the soul of the movie. With her peppy performance, she infuses a bit of colour, mystery and romance to the otherwise dull and gray canvas. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is brilliant as a slime bag Temur. He has a lot of potential which is clearly visible in all his films. Writer-Director Reema Kagti and Script Associate Zoya Akhtar have done a brilliant job. The music is gripping and mysterious keeping in line with the mood of the film. The cinematography is wonderful, especially the montages of Mumbai after dark.

Verdict: Though the pace might be a little disappointing, this contemporary crime thriller is a good watch.