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One By Two (Mini Review)

One By Two
Release date: January 31, 2014
Directed by: Devika Bhagat
Cast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Lillete Dubey, Darshan Jariwala, Yudishtir Urs, Jayant Kriplani, Geetika Tyagi, Anish Trivedi, Rati Agnihotri

This is a mini review. I will try to restrain myself from crossing a certain word limit.

First off, One By Two is not a straight off rom-com. The plot has a continuous parallel approach where Abhay Deol’s Amit Sharma and Preeti Desai’s Samara Patel live their lives separately yet slightly connected. Both of them have a plush South Bombay family background and their needs are sufficiently met, yet they are going through a quarter life crisis.

Amit hasn’t got over his girlfriend who has outrightly dumped him and publicly cheated on him. Samara won’t get seriously involved with her romantic partners. The plot devices used to form the seven degrees of separation are not exactly desperate, but not completely smart and subtle either.

The songs transition into the narrative smoothly, yet test your patience with their generic textures. The soundtrack even has an Arijit Singh number, here’s me placing my ten bucks on he’s gonna be the next Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the coming six months. I am Pakaao’d packs the most powerful punch. Darshan Jariwala as Amit’s uncle is appreciable in his parts, Agnihotri and Kriplani are fun, even though a bit stereotypical.

One By Two is unconventional. I love unconventional. I don’t exactly love One By Two. I liked the effort, but the faults just kept haunting me.

My rating: ** (2 out of 5)

Kahaani Review

Release Date: March 9, 2012
Directed by: Sujoy Ghosh
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Darshan Jariwala, Indraneil Sengupta, Saswata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Early posters of Kahaani proclaimed the film to be “A mother of a story”, and I was fairly titillated just by that. I wanted to know if it actually proves itself to be that good. The promos have built up a lot of scenes, but none of them really give out the thrill & suspense associated with them.

Our protagonist Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), rechristened as Bidya by the local Bengalis everywhere she goes, is the heavily pregnant woman searching for her husband Arnab Bagchi. She is a software engineer who’s armed with her charm and nonchalant smile. Her reports are brushed off as just another case of a missing person by the police, until Satyaki (Parambrata Chatterjee) tries to help her out. He tells her, in Kolkata, everyone has a moniker and they are never referred to by their real names. Together, they recce every place that Arnab had described, but no one could validate his claims of being there.

Vidya holds her beliefs strong, and insists that the world is lying. It is this belief that makes her ruffle feathers of the intelligence and the powers that be. She soon realizes everything is far more complex than what appears on the front. There are layers of red-tape on her quest for her husband. The story goes on to encapsulate you within its cocoon and provides a strong self-descriptive narrative that never requires more than a few light lines & a smile from Vidya.

There are neither any jarring sound effects during the highly concerning scenes, nor there are umpteen pillow-grabbing crying sequences with songs playing at the back. Nothing is irrelevant. Though I won’t say the same about the film’s climax & its justification. Vidya Balan yet again gives a performance that leaves you gasping to catch more of this woman in the future. The ensemble cast, as shown yet again, is the major binding factor for a story to move around smoothly.

The duration of the film never remains an issue as you go through the motions. The crowded metropolis of Kolkata finds an artistic appeal through Satyajit Pande’s camera work. Overall, it is a coming-of-age story that shows us the transition that our films need to go through.

I rate it as a must-watch for getting the basics of story-telling right & coming out to be a mother of a story. (Never mind the climax)

My Rating: ***1/2 (3.5 out of 5)

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