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U Me Aur Hum – Movie Review

April 13, 2008

U Me Aur HumThis 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.

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2008 10:01 pm

    I have never seen you criticizing a movie this openly.🙂 Has to be a REALLY bad movie then! And that sexist dialogue doesn’t help, of course. It’s funny that these actors try to portray themselves are highly educated people and -they use such dialogues! I have been watching the trailers and the over-the-top promotion of this movie since quite some time. Ajay looks too old to play that ‘cool dude’ kind of thing and Kajol looks way too fat. Thanks for helping me make my decision! Even Amit wrote a review and even he says that it’s a very bad movie.

  2. April 13, 2008 11:57 pm

    Wow! I had kind of expected it to be bad. Will still watch it once i guess…

    “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! ”

    I am actually surprised at this dialogue!!! Considering they have a daughter!!!

  3. Kanupriya permalink
    April 14, 2008 12:33 am

    Hi,
    I generally read your posts and like most of them but I’m surprised to read this one. Well, my comments are totally subjective to my choice and I know diferent people can have different opinions but its difficult to believe on such absolute criticism of this movie. Well, personally I liked the movie and I was quite impressed with devgan director considering this is his debut…I know there can be people who would not have liked it but there r people who have hated this movie sooo much is hard to believe! Well, to each its own but as per me this movie is worth watching esp. for married couples.

  4. Padmini permalink
    April 14, 2008 1:46 am

    Wow! I haven’t seen the movie but the promos make it a appear as if it was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, I guess not everyone gets it right the first time so some excuses can be made.

  5. April 14, 2008 7:34 am

    Ruhi, I don’t think I have hated a Hindi movie as much as I hated this movie. I didn’t even find it entertaining. If a movie is boring it fails totally in my eyes. And as you guessed I am a lover of Bollywood movies and usually find something good in most of them! But not this one.

    Nova, I too was surprised by this as the couple are supposedly a ‘liberal’ couple. It’s almost as if Devgan was making a movie to play to the gallery but if that is so, it is a stupid mistake. No woman likes to hear such a dialogue, not even those who prefer to give birth to a son. It would make any woman uncomfortable and men too.

    Kanupriya, as you said this is only a personal opinion. But let me tell you one thing. Kajol is my favorite actress of all time and that is why I saw this movie. I was prepared for an average movie and I would like have liked this movie even if I had found a little good. Usually if I like a star I enjoy the movie even if the story isn’t good. But here the story and the idea itself weren’t bad at all, it was executed badly. As a result it became very boring. But it is only a personal opinion.

    Padmini, Well, that he didn’t get it right the first time will not matter so much to us as it matters to him. Imagine the price he will pay if the movie flops as he is both producer/director and lead actor!

  6. April 14, 2008 7:35 am

    I have said this so many times that I am blue in the face…not a small feat considering I am African.

    I am fully prepared to devote my time (provided I am paid of course) to write a befitting script for Ajay Devgan. Someone needs to do something before he sinks into the irredeemable abyss of bad bollywood actors.
    This guy has so much potential but so far, he keeps choosing poor scripts and trying to play down his age. He needs to own it and do more “adult roles.

    I nearly barfed when I saw Cash. Then I had screeched, “What was Kajol looking at when her hubby came home with the script?” Now I know.
    She probably brought it for him.

    *shaking my head*

    so sad, so sad….

  7. April 14, 2008 9:30 am

    comparison with the other leading actors AK’s directorial debut is inevitable..I like the statement once Anil Kapoor made when asked if he was interested in directing a movie, he said they are actors and there are directors and he is just an actor.

  8. April 14, 2008 11:29 am

    lol…this saves me 50 rs….

  9. April 14, 2008 12:35 pm

    I have suggestion for you Nita. Even if you like the actor/actress, just don’t rush in for movie. And if movie claims of being a love story or emotional drama, then relax and don’t bother. You can watch these films at home on PC or DVD. Action films are better watched at theater but comedy and senti type movies are not worth watching in there. So chillax.
    Now, if you have a broadband connection with unlimited downloads, then ask me, I will tell you where to get FULL NEW movies on the internet. They are hardly 700 mb and of very good quality most of times.
    just a suggestion…..😀

    Cheers
    Suda

  10. April 14, 2008 3:41 pm

    //Some snored//
    I will let this movie go.🙂

  11. Joss permalink
    April 14, 2008 4:16 pm

    And you have saved me £6.90, in the only muliplex round here to show Bollywood movies. And that is a lot of money for a cinema here, and for me. So thank you, Nita. I trust your judgment. I would have watched the movie for Ajay Devgan, and been disappointed, yet again.

  12. April 14, 2008 5:10 pm

    Catwalq, I too like Ajay Devgan, though I am not exactly a mad fan of his. I agree that he is choosing the wrong movies although I liked him in that Othello remake, Omkara. In this movie though he cannot be forgiven because he chose the script himself and chose to direct and produce the movie.

    Rambler, this movie cannot be compared to TZP. The difference is that of chalk and cheese.

    Vishesh, glad to hear it!

    Suda, a very rational solution!🙂 Alas, I am not rational where certain actors are concerned and am also a mad Bollywood fan! Another thing, I don’t enjoy watching movies on DVD! In any case my broadband connection sucks!

    Xylene, this is the worst movie I have seen in the last 2 years.

    Joss, you are welcome!

  13. April 14, 2008 5:41 pm

    We saw a very good movie this weekend. ‘Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day’.

  14. April 15, 2008 12:53 am

    well ill give it a pass
    read amits review first -and commented on it
    didnt like what i had read

  15. April 15, 2008 1:36 pm

    Oh!!! I didn’t wanted to blast the movie, so I wrote a little subdued review. But your review is just great😆 something I was avoiding writing. I thought, lets give the guy a chance. Its his first movie afterall.
    Anyways, but don’t you think that some scenes were well shot, like, the whole sequence in which their child is drowning in the water and some scenes on the ship. I think Ajay can direct well, but we need a story too. Don’t we?

  16. April 15, 2008 2:01 pm

    Brian thanks for the recommendation.🙂

    Prax, you are a wise man!

    Amit, when I read your review I did feel it was a little controlled. Anyway when I write a review I never bother about the reaction of anybody.
    And I thought that baby scene was absolutely awful. The way they shot it, the baby should have been dead at least twice over! Or at least brain dead. Perhaps he was brain damaged after all if you take into account the stupid behavior of the grown up son at the start of the movie!
    And I am not sure about which scenes you mean on the ship. Mostly I found them boring. And I think Ajay can’t direct to save his life…but the movie had a beautiful, touching story. Well, that’s my opinion!
    By the way, I must mention that I saw Race. I didn’t want to after reading your review but some friends dragged me to it. And you know what, Race is better than U Me. Race has a stupid story and ridiculous plot true, just like you said remniscent of a balaji serial but I liked some scenes in the movie. I thought Bipasha acted just great and liked all her scenes although she is not my fav actress or anything! And er…Saif was pretty hot.😛

  17. April 15, 2008 4:57 pm

    Wow! Ajay sounds precisely like the sort of cad that makes me feel blessed I don’t have a daughter for him to “court”. I cannot fathom what attraction such a character could have.

  18. April 15, 2008 8:31 pm

    ‘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!’

    I had another friend tell me the same. There are a few other movies who had similar sexist voice too. Only two examples I can think of now is Babul and Waqt-race against time … Why couldn’t they have daughters in these films? What difference would it have made to the script? It’s just that audience won’t understand celebrating a daughter’s birth … so why should producers take that risk? Ajay and Kajol themselves have a daughter that they dote over. Well, money rules all at the end of the day, doesn’t it.

  19. April 16, 2008 10:54 am

    Paul, the character portrayed in the movie was completely unreal. I don’t know what the director was thinking of. No decent girl would go for such a character.

    Roop, Ajay Devgan definitely thought he was pandering to the audience but I think he has made a mistake of judgment. I think women feel uncomfortable when they see such things, even if they are son-loving. But I have lost all respect for Ajay Devgan. Any director who cannot make a true film, about what he actually believes in doesn’t deserve any credit at all. In fact on second thoughts I think I was too mild on his film. It is absolute trash.

  20. amlistening permalink
    April 23, 2008 2:41 am

    Hi Nita,
    You certainly inspired me to write again. I saw the movie last weekend and after reading your blog a number of thoughts sparked up.
    But I agree with you UMH could have done better but for Direction & Editing:Actors like Ajay know that they have to act to project the roles(Ajay does that well) but an editor and director have to make it appear natural. That was missing. Thanks again

  21. April 25, 2008 1:21 pm

    So lucky that I stumbled on your blog. Very interesting views on bollywood movie. For long time I was thinking that there was some thing wrong with me that I hated most of the bollywood movies. Only recently I realised that some ppl tend to think more rationally and logically than others. Lucky for us that theres hollywood.😉

    Navin, you will find a lot of people who detest Bollywood movies but I’m not one of them.🙂 I see movies for themselves and don’t care if they are bollywood or hollywood. there are a lot of hollywood trash I have seen and U Me aur Aum is an example of Bollywood trash. I know some people will say that there are more trashy bollywood movies, but I don’t believe that. its a cultural thing and I enjoy bollywood movies more than hollywood (making a gross generalisation which I hate to do!). I have even written a post on why people enjoy bollywood here. I really wouldn’t say that hollywood movies are more rational though, not if you include the trash. true, bollywood movies are less realistic (again a gross generalisation!) and more of fantasy but I can watch and enjoy movies thoroughly if they are fantasy…in fact star wars and harry potter and lord of the rings are some of my favourite movies!🙂 No no I am not comparing all of bollywood to fantasy, just some!🙂 – Nita

  22. Ravi permalink
    April 26, 2008 9:21 am

    I always watch a bollywood movie online or on DVD cause I can fast forward all the 10 min songs. I tried my best to bear the torture for the first half but I had to stop soon after I saw Mr.Devgan bumpin into Kajol in the second half. The movie was glossy with too many graphical scenes. The idea of flashback is novel and I liked it but the movie is very boring. Yet an another poorly made flick with good artists I mean Mr & Mrs Devagan nd I dont care about others though.

  23. April 29, 2008 6:04 pm

    i watched this movie yesterday… its crap.. a total waste of my 3 hours…
    a much better movie would be notebook… if u get a chance do watch it… u will feel the emotions in that movie and some of the dialogues r worth quoting.. i won’t spoil the fun by writing them here

  24. June 19, 2008 12:15 pm

    Hi Nita, I am back. Nita, when I said ‘I hated most of the bollywood movies’ and subsequently when I said ‘more rationally and logically’, you might have noticed that I am not generalising anything here. Yes, there is C$%P in hollywood too. But in MOST of the Indian movies the basic sensitivities are not taken into account. What I hate is about 90% of the movies are about love. As if love is some thing we just discovered.

    But then again its also about how people treat movies, going by the # of love marriages in India, they are learning nothing from movies. So here we have a population which watches every love themed movie as if they are discovering the concept, and yet they learn nothing from it.

    There is so much Indians need to learn, (for me movie is one form of adult education) like about high level corruption, exploitation, discremination and general ignorance all we learn after 3 hours of a movie is that parents need to be educated on the power of love.

    Pyar jukta nahin
    😉

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