Youthful rom-com are the promising rage and genre of multiplexes and the fresh take on modern-age romance to makes its vibrant waves is EK MAIN AUR EKK TU. Basking in glory of magnanimously successful musical releases in the past, Dharma Productions and Karan Johar makes their first strong dent in this genre through this frothy comical romantic flick. Amit Trivedi, a promising name in the cadre of upcoming musical composers is the 'chosen-one' along with Amitabh Bhattacharya being the lyricist for this youthful album. So far it has been dream run of success for Amit Trivedi as all his albums has been eye-grabbing (if not chartbusting) in the marquee. Can this peppy fun-fare be the one that set the dice rolling for him and making him a hot-selling chartbusting commodity in the tinsel town? Let's find out...
Close on heels to the title track of ANJAANA ANJAANI, the title track of this flick opens up like a flamboyant party feasting 'club-dancing' number that not only enthralls but also spreads the positive word for the flick (EK MAIN AUR EKK TU) in the first soundtrack 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu'. Intoxication is again the 'catch-word' to entice urbane listeners, as now Benny Dayal suave tones and Anushka Manchanda's yuppie friendly voice lifts the spirits and makes this a friendly title track. Amit Trivedi's trendy orchestrations are too high on club-DJ antics and lesser on instrumentals but still befit the racy moods of the situation. Shefali Alvaris's slender vocals in the backdrop give it a crispy crunch of chic happenings in the backdrop. Fun enters into Planet disco-zone in 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (remix)' with pleasing dosages of beat-juggles, DJ spins, mixing well into the racy composition and giving many reasons to shake booty on floors. Trivedi delivers a potential 'yuppie-friendly' title track that should be going well with metro-centric audiences.
Balloons of hope floats in air! Archetypically flavors of 70's rock 'n' roll melodic flair that amused senses in 'Shaam' (AISHA) bounces back with synergy of optimism in impressive rendered 'Gubbare'. It's as narrative as 'Dhoop ke Makan' (BREAK KE BAAD) where ethics of jazz (soft-drums, piano drills, hand-claps) are infused to give it a somber 'party' ambience. Nikhil D'Souza's boyish tones are appealing in varying textures and mellow meticulously with the serene westernized arrangements. Shilpa Rao's added vocal support adds to the charm while Amit Trivedi's effective back-up chorals lifts the entire decorum. Conceived to enthrall urbane-listeners and also as an effective background score for the flick, it has effective 'guitarist' singing attire appeal that should draw worthy applause from classy young listeners. Impressive!!!
Sticking to the roots of old-fashioned cultural westernized musical appeal, Trivedi experiments with American folk style of composing and blends it with Bollywood's 60's dancing feast in jovial sounding 'Auntyji'. After delivering couple of impressive somber love ballads, Ash King tries out his hand at frolicsome singing in this situational dancing track. Amitabh Bhattacharya's loquaciously loud wordings are erratic at places and fail to evoke desired humorous punches. Trivedi's composition has faint shades of ever-popular American folk song 'Cotton eyed Joe' (Rednex) that connects with fusion of 60's jazz music but the impact is too average. It's noble as well as innovative gesture but the end results are not as generous as one expects from the zeal and efforts, overall a mediocre track that should be more eye-feasting on big screen than easygoing on ears.
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.