U Me Aur Hum – Movie Review
This is a movie that could have been an interesting and emotional short serial of about 30 mins. Instead it is a poorly edited, boring and melodramatic two hour 30 minute film.
The story is told in flashback. An older man whom we know nothing about tells the story of his love to a stranger he meets on a cruise liner. The story is about a young successful psychiatrist Ajay (Ajay Devgan) and that of Piya (Kajol) a waitress on a cruise liner. That’s where they meet. Ajay falls head over heels in love with her and woos her in the worst kind of Bollywood fashion..harass the girl until she gives in.
It was disappointing to see these blatant harassment scenes being passed off as acceptable. Ajay gets sloshed and drools over the waitress whom he insists he has fallen in love with (at first sight). After following her around and constantly telling her that he is in love with her, he finally collapses in a drunken stupor. Any sane girl would have avoided such a character, but not our dear herione Piya. Perhaps she is a gold digger, and was eyeing his riches, but that wasn’t mentioned. She seems genuinely not disgusted by the man’s drunken display and vulgar behavior. The only reason she does not give in initially is because she doesn’t think he is really in love with her and because she has not fallen in love with him at first sight! And oh yes, because she is not allowed to socialise with guests on the cruise liner…! I wonder why this doesn’t stop her from openly romancing Ajay soon thereafter.
Ajay on his part uses every trick in the book that every cad who has ever wooed a girl has used to ‘get’ the girl. But he is not condemned for doing so. Funnily, he feels no guilt about his methods either. It’s all excused in the name of ‘love.’ Actually any man who behaves the way Ajay did in real life would be thought characterless…but not our Ajay. He is shown to be the epitome of honesty and integrity and decency and his love is true and deep!! I remember the old Hindi movies where heroes were real heroes. If they did lie, it was under some great pressure and for every lie told the hero would go through great mental conflict and torture himself as to how this will hurt his love. It would always be made clear to viewers that this wasn’t desirable behavior, and that the hero was weak…and he is shown to make amends. Not Ajay though. He sees his own behavior as completely justified.
Another irritating thing about Ajay is that he is thrilled to bits when his son is born in the movie. Do you know what he tells his friends? That he knew he would get a son because he had faith in his Piya . She knew what he wanted and she gave it to him! How sexist is that! As if women have control over what sex the child is and as if sons are some sort of gift that a woman has to give to her man to prove her love!
The movie would have been saved if it had been entertaining. It wasn’t. The first half is very difficult to sit through. It’s got a lot of unnecessary scenes mainly with two other couples (Ajay’s friends) who are shown constantly bantering and bickering over minor matters. All boring banter and boring jokes. Worse, I got a strong feeling that the songs were shot before the script was written. Or was there a proper script at all I wonder. The dialogues were boring and repetitive, as if the actors had thought them up on the spot.
If the first half is boring, the second half is difficult to watch without gnashing your teeth as it’s overly dramatic. To his credit Devgan has attempted to show that true love survives as it goes thorough trials and tribulations. Noble intentions, but I think Devgan the director needs a crash course in directing. Not only was a lot of time wasted in unnecessary scenes, what was terrible was that the sad parts were not sad. Maybe because the situations shown were ridiculous and unbelievable…I won’t narrate them here though because it will give away the story. Maybe it was because Kajol overacted. Actually Kajol is a wonderful actress and if she was overacting I blame the director squarely for it. Devgan himself acted alright, and was quite good in some scenes.
The cinema hall at Inorbit was three quarters empty and that too on a Sunday afternoon. People watching the film were restless. They were munching loudly, constantly moving in and out to buy snacks and there was a constant hum of conversation. A few people walked out. Some snored.