This clearly is an Imran Khan show. Sedate and subdued, he goes about bringing Rahul (his character) to life. Overburdened by the expectations from his parents (Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak-Shah) to excel in what they decide is best for him, Rahul loses his identity and lives to please them. He opens his mouth, but is never able to voice his opinion. He is an architect in a big firm in Las Vegas. Sin city obviously is going to lure you to do things you would never have imagined. So what if you never rebel. There is always that side wanting to explode at the slightest provocation.
That provocation comes in the form of Kareena Kapoor (Riana Braganza) a hair-stylist who is nursing another broken relationship. Their chance meeting at a Mall, followed by a visit to the shrink in the same vicinity puts them in an odd spot. Before you know it, both are 'punch drunk' and wake up as a married couple the next morning. Neither has any clue of what happened. Britney Spears did that too, a few years ago and got the marriage annulled.
Rahul and Riana too want this mistake annulled. How this 'drunken error' weaves into a larger plot is what EK MAIN AUR EKK TU is all about. Shakun Batra does not give one the impression that this is his maiden venture as a director. The editing is sharp, the plot pushy enough to drive the movie the full length and the screenplay appropriate. For most part, the movie gives one a Hollywood feel, since Las Vegas is the action spot. The smart narration before, between and at the end, enhances the entire movie. Actually, it's another character of the movie.
Of late, Imran has been typecast with roles he has been associated with. Take the case of MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN and his debut film JAANE TU... YA JAANE NA... The characters, body language, dialogue delivery are almost similar. In EMAET, he goes three steps further. He sheds his image and clothes himself in the character. As for me, I got a Hugh Grant feel from his performance.
The same cannot be said of Kareena Kapoor. She is a fine actor but somewhere she has failed to shake off the image of Geet from JAB WE MET. You encounter Geet even here. For an actor to excel, he or she has to start afresh with every role. Having said that, it can be argued in her favour, that Riana is indeed a happy-go-lucky character who only sees the brighter side of life. Her family too, embodies the spirit she exudes. But then, you expect more from a Kareena, na?!.
For all the talk of their age difference, Imran and Kareena do make a good couple. The script helps too with her being shown two years older. However, the film does tend to get monotonous with the focus being on just the two. Batra tries to rope in a few more characters as the plot moves to India with Riana's parents and her extended family. Here, Batra falters as he portrays her family more like Parsis than Catholics. The scene at St Xavier's School where Riana takes Rahul on a tour too is a mistake because we all know that only boys study here. Talking about her best friend Amu, too, trivializes the scene a bit. We all know who she is referring to.