Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

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Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shakun Batra
Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Ronnie Screwvala
Written by Ayesha Devitre
Shakun Batra
Starring Imran Khan
Kareena Kapoor
Ratna Pathak Shah
Boman Irani
Ram Kapoor
Music by Amit Trivedi
Background Score:
Clinton Cerejo[1]
Cinematography David McDonald
Edited by Asif Ali Shaikh
Production
  company
Dharma Productions
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 10 February 2012 (2012-02-10)
Running time 110 minutes[2]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR360 million (US$6.0 million)[3]
Box office INR530 million (US$8.8 million)[4]

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (Translation: One me, and one you) is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy film written and directed by debutant Shakun Batra.[5] The film was produced by Karan Johar and Hiroo Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions, alongside Ronnie Screwvala of UTV Motion Pictures. The film features Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles, with Ratna Pathak Shah, Boman Irani and Ram Kapoor in supporting roles.[6] The plot centers around an uptight architect named Rahul Kapoor, living in Las Vegas, Nevada, who loses his job and following a night of debauchery, accidentally marries a free-spirited hairstylist named Riana Braganza. After mutually deciding to annul the marriage, Rahul begins a one-sided attraction for Riana, which threatens to ruin their newly found friendship.

Development of the film began in 2010, when Johar signed Batra and Khan for a film to be made under his banner. Inspired by the Woody Allen style of film-making, Ayesha Devitre and Batra worked on the script, with principal photography taking place in Vegas, Los Angeles, Pataudi and Mumbai. The music of the film was composed by Amit Trivedi with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Originally slated to release during the fall of 2011, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu eventually released on 10 February 2012, to positive critical notice, with major praise directed to Khan and Kapoor's performance, and proved a moderate commercial success.[4][7]

Plot[edit]

Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) has always been on the road to perfection, as per the wishes of his domineering father (Boman Irani) and socialite mother (Ratna Pathak Shah). After suddenly losing his job as an architect in Vegas, he decides to hide the truth from his parents and find another job. Unable to cope with unemployment, he decides to go to a psychologist and runs into another patient, Riana Braganza (Kareena Kapoor). A series of events lead Riana to believe that he is sent by her ex-boyfriend to stalk her, and she ends up taking his file by mistake.

Riana, who later realizes her mistake, calls him and apologizes for her behavior. They meet up during Christmas Eve and Riana invites Rahul to have a few drinks with her. A few drinks turn into a night of intoxicated revelry as they end up marrying each other. Horrified, they both decide to get it annulled as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Riana, who is also unemployed and has not paid her rent, loses her house and an initially hesitant Rahul finally lets her stay with him till her problem gets resolved. During these few days, they get to know each other better. Rahul is revealed to be interested in photography while Riana recounts her ambition to be a ballet dancer, which was destroyed after she broke her ankle in her childhood. Their friendship develops as Riana gives Rahul a long break he always wanted. As they grow closer, Rahul develops feelings for Riana, who fails to reciprocate them.

As New Year's Eve approaches, Riana plans to visit her family in India, and asks Rahul to accompany her. He disagrees initially, as his parents also live in Mumbai, but later succumbs to her argument. Upon arrival, she introduces him to her family, making his feelings towards her grow. The next day, Riana takes him to visit her school, and amidst reflecting over her past relationships, he unsuccessfully tries to kiss her. Realizing that she does not feel the way he does, he angrily leaves the school, only to almost run into a car revealed to be his mother's. He lies and tells his mother that he is in India for a research trip, and that Riana is a colleague. They proceed to have lunch with Rahul's parents, where he spins a web of intricate lies to avoid telling his father the truth. He leaves Riana's house and moves in with his parents, trying to tell them the truth, but once again is overpowered by his father.

Two days later, during a family dinner, Rahul angrily divulges the complete truth to his in-denial parents and their business partners (including Mr. Bulani), after realizing the meaninglessness of his pretense he indulged in showing all these years. As he rushes back to Riana to apologize for his behavior, Riana aplogises she never intended to lead him on. After a night of reflection and deep conversation, both decide to maintain their friendship. The film ends with both returning to Las Vegas and finalizing their annulment with Rahul getting a new job, while keeping time out for photography. He remains hopeful that one day he will convince Riana to go back to that chapel with him. Both remain good friends, with an ending note from Rahul claiming that he is finally happy with his life, as the credits roll.

Cast[edit]

  • Imran Khan as Rahul Kapoor, an uptight architect living in Las Vegas. Following the loss of his job, he ends up marrying Riana Braganza due to alcohol-resulting drunkenness. Khan describes his role by saying, "Rahul has had a very restricted life. His parents have always told him what to do, how to behave, what to study, what career to pursue and so on and so forth. Even his hobbies have been decided by his parents. He has never had a spontaneous moment in his life where he has done something for himself. He is actually a very sad, lonely and tragic guy but he doesn't realize it."[8]
  • Kareena Kapoor as Riana Braganza, a hairstylist who tries to add zing to Rahul Kapoor's monotonous life following their marriage. In an interview with The Times of India, Kapoor describes her character and explains, "Riana knows what she is doing. Even though she does not have a house or a job, she is a positive person... very similar to the way I am."[9]
  • Ratna Pathak Shah as Rahul's mother, a fiercely dominating woman.
  • Boman Irani as Rahul's father, a strict disciplinarian.
  • Ram Kapoor as Mr. Bulani, a friend of Rahul's father, who tries to help Rahul overcome his low self-esteem.
  • Dana Lewis as Mrs. Bulani, who makes sexual advances at Rahul.
  • Soniya Mehra as Anusha, Rahul's ex-girlfriend.
  • Rajesh Khattar as Mr. Shah.
  • Nikhil Kapoor as Phil Braganza, Riana's father.
  • Zenobia Shroff as Nicole Braganza, Riana's mother.
  • Manasi Scott as Riana's sister.
  • Mukul Chaddha as Riana's brother-in-law.
  • Avantika Malik in a special appearance during the song Auntyji.

Production[edit]

A major part of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu was set in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pre-production work on the film began in the year 2010 when Karan Johar announced his plans of making a new project with debutant Shakun Batra.[10] Following the success of their previous collaboration I Hate Luv Storys (2010), Khan was contracted by Johar to play the film's male lead. In an attempt to sign in an actress who had never worked with Khan before, Kapoor was confirmed to play the female lead several days later.[11] She had to cut her hair short and sport red streaks for her role.[12] On casting Khan and Kapoor for the film, Johar commented, "They could get their real life personality onto the film. Imran is meant to be this very perfectionist young man. So while he is a very stuffy kind of a character, he is also very focused and doesn't let himself go. On the other hand Kareena plays this woman who is like a modern version of Geet from Jab We Met."[13]

Regarding the film, Batra mentioned, "It's a slice of life film, driven by characters. The plot is not primary, emotions of the characters are at the forefront. It is set on two weeks of the life of two characters, played by Imran and Kareena."[14] On the other hand, Johar said that the film was inspired by the Woody Allen style of film-making. He added that there would be "lot more conversation happening here" and there would be "these walk-talk sequences where it is just you and the camera in motion".[13]

Principal photography commenced in November 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada after Khan had completed working on Mere Brother Ki Dulhan[15] and later continued in Los Angeles.[16] After completing the film's first schedule, the crew shifted to shoot in Pataudi, in the Indian state of Haryana, followed by Mumbai.[17] As photography began in Vegas, media sources began to report that it could be an adaptation of the American romantic comedy, What Happens in Vegas (2008). Johar, however, went on to deny these reports, claiming that if he wanted to remake the film, he would have bought the rights to it.[18] Originally referred to as Short Term Shaadi, the film's title and first look was launched by Johar in August 2011 via the social networking site of Twitter. According to him, "Short Term Shaadi was just a working title that attached itself to this film through the making. Neither the director nor I were happy with it from the start."[5] The name Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu was derived from a song from the Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh starer Khel Khel Mein (1975).[19] On deciding to set the film in Vegas, Batra said that, "the character of the place is very well defined and we need to show it as Las Vegas. It can't be shown as any other city. Since most films are not set there, it gets difficult. In case of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, our film is set in Las Vegas and Mumbai".[20] As filming took place during the winter season in Vegas, the production team shot for double shifts in order to be cost effective.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi
Released 26 December 2011 (2011-12-26)
Recorded 2011
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 30:42
Label T-Series
Producer Karan Johar
Amit Trivedi chronology
Trishna
(2011)
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
(2012)
Ishaqzaade
(2012)

The music rights of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu were sold to T-Series for INR60 million (US$1.0 million).[21] The soundtrack, which released on 26 December 2011, featured music composed by Amit Trivedi with lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.[22] Batra mentioned that Trivedi was his first choice for music director and added that while the track Gubbare was the first to be recorded, the title track took the longest to compose.[14]

Tracklist
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu"   Benny Dayal, Anushka Manchanda 4:22
2. "Gubbare"   Amit Trivedi, Shilpa Rao, Nikhil D'Souza 4:31
3. "Aunty Ji"   Ash King 4:34
4. "Aahatein"   Karthik, Shilpa Rao 4:27
5. "Kar Chalna Shuru Tu"   Vishal Dadlani, Shilpa Rao 4:56
6. "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (Remix)"   Benny Dayal, Anushka Manchanda, Shefali Alvares 4:08
7. "Aahatein (Remix)"   Shekhar Ravjiani, Shilpa Rao 3:37
Total length:
30:42

Reception[edit]

A 29 second sample of "Gubbare"

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The soundtrack met with a positive response, with Avijit Ghosh of The Times of India mentioning, "Composer Amit Trivedi and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya are among the finest musical team in Bollywood. In Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, they are again at their best. The seductive Auntyji and the racy title track have a delightful breeziness. And the more evocative tracks such as Gubbare Gubbare and Aahatein stay with you for long".[23] While praising the compositions, Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama commented that the album belonged to a "niche audience". He added that the songs Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and Kar Chalna Shuru Tu would make the most impression.[24] Mitesh Saraf of Planet Bollywood, while summarizing his review wrote, "The album has some cool songs to chill out to and they should sound even better on screen."[25]

Release[edit]

The film released worldwide on 10 February 2012, coinciding with Valentine's Day celebrations. Upon release, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu received positive reviews and was a moderate box office success.[26]

The trailers of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu faced trouble with the censor board before release. Initially, the word "sex" was objected by the board and asked to be removed. Later, a scene depicting Kapoor pinching Khan's buttocks was considered inappropriate for television promos and had to be removed.[27]

Critical reception[edit]

Rachel Saltz of The New York Times noted, "The happy surprise of Ek Main aur Ekk Tu is that it's not crude, sniggering or vindictive. Instead it's rather sweet and sometimes even a little unexpected."[28] Avijit Ghosh of The Times of India gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said that, "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is the sweetest heartbreak that Bollywood has conjured in a long, long time."[23] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama also gave the film 4 out of 5 stars saying, "This take on love is refined, smart, lively and thoroughly pleasing thanks to its characters, conversations and the inherent humor."[29] Piyali Dasgupta of NDTV, in her 4 star review, explained, "I'll play on the film's USP for this review and keep it short and crisp. No extra lines. But, just like you need to read this, you need to go and watch the film."[30] DNA India highly recommended the film and gave 4 stars out of 5 concluding, "All in all, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a delightful film that keeps getting better along the way, and ends fabulously. Clocking under two hours, the film is a breezy watch that will leave you with a smile."[31] MiD DAY gave 3.5 stars out of 5, commenting, "The climax is brave, unpredictable and real. Go watch! Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a small packet of joy."[32] India Today too gave 3.5 stars out of 5 saying, "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a gentle little film, where even the regulation song with Americans dancing to Bollywood music in the middle of Vegas don't look so bad."[33] A review carried by Birmingham Mail mentioned,

Director Shakun Batra's film is a light-hearted watch depicting subjects like opposite attractions and modern-day relationships. It is refreshing to see the film not falling prey to melodramatic moments and over-the-top acting; so typical of Bollywood rom-coms. This is due to the casual and carefree dialogues flowing smoothly without a drowning background score. Imran Khan has impeccable comic timing as the highly-strung guy with straight-faced expressions. He effortlessly portrays the various shades of his character, be it the obedient son, an inexperienced bachelor or a man who has just discovered the world is his oyster. The beautiful and adorable Kareena Kapoor never goes overboard as the sociable and vibrant hairdresser unlike her character in Jab We Met.[34]

Daily Bhaskar gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, and concluded saying, "Overall, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a typical popcorn entertainment with super-amazing climax which puts it in a different league altogether."[35] Sukanya Verma for Rediff too gave the film 3 stars out of 5, and commented, "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu 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."[36] Komal Nahta for Koimoi.com too gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, saying Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is an entertaining and enjoyable fare for the city audience.[37] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave it 3 out of 5 stars and said "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a narrative that unfolds mainly through dialogue, and the lighter moments come at you as the odd couple gets to know each other. The humor hits the mark many times and falls flat occasionally, but the movie doesn't grate because the characters aren't trying too hard to be cute."[38] The Economic Times gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5, and said "It's perfect in whatever it offers. But what it offers is quite average in volume."[39] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave 2.5 stars out of 5 sand said "The film passes by pleasantly enough past all its expected roadsigns, providing a smile and an occasional chuckle but making you wish for more newness."[40]

On the contrary, Kunal Guha of Yahoo! gave 2 stars out of 5, saying "this film doesn't subscribe to every cliché associated with this auspicious day for getting Main and Tu to become Hum."[41]

Box office[edit]

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu had a decent opening at the box office. The film opened well in multiplexes in North India, while other areas had an average opening at multiplexes.[42] On its first day, the film earned about INR52.5 million (US$870,000) nett, with major collections coming from Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Punjab and Mysore.[43] It collected INR72.5 million (US$1.2 million) nett on Saturday, while INR85.0 million (US$1.4 million) on Sunday, hence totaling its first weekend collection around INR210 million (US$3.5 million).[44]

On Monday, the film netted around INR25.0 million (US$420,000), with a 50% drop in collections as compared to first day.[45] On Tuesday, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu had a jump and earned around INR45.0 million (US$750,000) nett, owing to Valentine's Day.[46] At the end of its first week, the film earned a total of INR308 million (US$5.1 million).[7] The film added INR75.0 million (US$1.2 million) and INR15.0 million (US$250,000) during its second and third week respectively, taking its total to around INR398 million (US$6.6 million) nett.[47] It eventually emerged as a moderate commercial success.[48]

The film also had a decent opening at the international box office. In the UK, in its opening weekend, the film collected £242,177 in 53 screens. The film fared even better in the United States, collecting $1.7 million from 111 screens in its opening weekend.[49]

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