Bollywood First Day First Show: I Me Aur Main Review

Rashmi Daryanani , 01 Mar 2013
I Me Aur Main
I Me Aur Main

From the title alone, you can tell – Ishaan Sabharwal (John Abraham) is one selfish guy: he lives out of lawyer-girlfriend Anushka’s (Chitrangda Singh) house, but will refuse to even pay the milkman on the logic that he drinks only black coffee. When his girlfriend tells him that she loves him, his automatic response is a narcissistic “I love me, too.” Still, Anushka holds out hope of commitment from him, but one day when he flakes out of plans to go meet his parents, she gives him the boot. Homeless, Ishaan moves into another apartment, where he meets his neighbour Gauri (Prachi Desai), who he begins having a connection with. The rest of the story explores the relationship between these three characters, and the transformation of a manchild into a responsible adult.

Is this one worth catching? Read our Pros and Cons list to find out!

Pros:

I Me Aur Main
I Me Aur Main

(+) It’s easy on the eye. The film doesn’t require much involvement or thinking on your part, which is nice if you just want to kick back for a bit. Everyone looks good in their own way: John flashes his abs, Chitrangda is smokin’ hot, and Prachi pulls off her cute girl vibe well. The music is decent, the wardrobe styling is well done, and there’s a few nice moments to help pass the time.

I Me Aur Main
I Me Aur Main

(+) It’s short. The film clocks in at just around two hours, which was wise – it’s not engaging enough to keep you in your seat for much longer than that. The interval kicks in surprisingly early – about 45 minutes into the film.

Cons:

I Me Aur Main
I Me Aur Main

(-) The script is too haphazard with unnecessary subplots. There’s too much focus on Ishaan’s work drama that doesn’t really have anything to do with the story. There’s a random bit about a budding singer, and some family drama about his mom leaving his dad, both of which are note properly resolved/explained. As such, there’s not much time to focus on what the film should be about, which is Ishaan’s character, and his relationships with the two girls.

I Me Aur Main
I Me Aur Main

(-) There’s a lack of development. It’s hard to connect because the characters, and their relationships, are barely fleshed-out. We see Ishaan and Gauri’s journey from friendship to relationship in just a few scenes. She apparently begins bringing out a change in him, but it’s hard to see how. He ‘s still his same old selfish self, and Gauri lets him off the hook just as easily as Anushka did (in one scene, he leaves her stranded in the middle of the night, and the next day all she does is make him say sorry and suddenly all is well). Gauri takes shocking news relatively well, and instead of working through what should (at least initially) be an issue in their relationship, she just suggests going away. Even Ishaan’s personal transformation is barely developed, and is finished off with a hurried ending.

Verdict:

I Me Aur Main is passable – you can catch this one on TV instead.

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