What Does Not Happen in Vegas Part 2
Desimartini | Updated - February 10, 2012 13:00 PM IST
Verdict - A script which pushes the barrier matched with earnest performances by the cast make EMAET a delightful watch
That said, the film is one such which asks for the viewer to be patient with its subject matter. Unlike the dreadful What Happens in Vegas, this has borderline similarities which arent even generically significant. So if ones hoping for the current of a What Happens in Vegas, fortunately this ones not trying to sell a lottery ticket. Because Ek Main .. is a character-driven drama and thus the pacing of the plot is lethargic, its dialogue, not whistle-worthy one-liners but conversational lines that two distinct individuals would probably end up having if put across each other. It is an unhurried film, because it doesnt rely on convulsions but is driving home a self-discovery tale of a boringly non-impulsive person.
Our hero is disturbingly nave when he believes that the precipitate hottie has fallen for him, just like he quite has; his assumption shouldnt shock viewers because the writers have neatly incorporated the context to his supposition. As a person, Rahul is as much a womanizer as much Vegas is a town to meditate. He hasnt seen a lot of ladies, and so his simplistic belief arises only naturally for Riana who surely is the first woman showering him with affection and genuine sense of interest (even his mother has cosmetic concerns than hearing him out)
Since the film isnt the one having a racy plot, it heavily relies on the dramatic drive of its characters. Which shifts the weight on the performances. A delightfully bunch of supporting cast led by the unfaultable Ratna Pathak Shah and supremely talented Ram Kapoor and Boman Irani, even the lead pair of the film is a stunner.
Such devastatingly attractive is the central duo; it is hard to not get charmed by the sheer amount of blinding beauty that smolders the screen. Kareena is predictably at ease with Riana Briganza. Her peculiar spontaneity is matched with dry sarcasm and timing for bad-and-odd jokes. Her frivolity can be traced to bitter experiences of past (only hinted), and her sensitivity maybe, comes from a distant sense of sympathy. Only complaint is that we see a rounded character in Rahul, but never quite learn about the vulnerabilities of Riana Briganza. Imran Khans Rahul, on the other hand is ably handled by the actor. Part of the reason also is the limited acting capacity of Khan, which work quite suitably here since hes playing a character that isnt madcap or brash. The countable expressions are everything that he needs for a plausible Rahul and Imran Khan, quite ironically pulls off the part with confidence. In fact he is so affecting that when he is in a totally depressed mode, a sense of gloom and despair spreads out of the screen. Probably part of the credit should go to director Shakun Batra who has handled the film exceptionally well for a first-timer.
A little sluggish, but a brave script Ek Main aur Ekk Tu is immensely watchable. It has a closure which largely validates its pacing and treatment, and that ending is again, stereotype-shattering. With a laidback background score by Amit Trivedi, the film is a study of character and thematically can be paralleled with say, a 500 Days of Summer.
Technically sound and plush in its production designs (its a Dharma Production), Karan Johar continues to flourish as producer and unearth new talent in an industry which seems set for sunnier days.