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Movie Review: I, Me Aur Main - Saibal Chatterjee - The Sunday Indian
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Movie Review: I, Me Aur Main


A rom-com that lacks sizzle
SAIBAL CHATTERJEE | New Delhi, March 4, 2013 11:15
Tags : I | Me Aur Main | Bollywood | John Abraham | Chitrangada Singh | Prachi Desai |

I am the best, I am the best: that is what the male protagonist of I, Me Aur Main, every time he is assailed by self-doubt, intones, standing before a mirror, his fists clenched in the manner of a pugilist poised to deliver the knockout punch.

You expect the guy to be a man of action. Turns out he’s anything but. The punch never materializes. And any knockout is simply out of the question.

When neither the plot premise nor the treatment has anything to write home about, expecting John Abraham to come up with a deadly coup de grace on behalf of this middling romantic comedy is really the height of optimism.

I, Me Aur Main, as the title suggests, is the story of a man who cannot see beyond his nose. But he is a lucky bloke – he gets away with being a pain in the neck.

Neither this guy nor his story is particularly interesting. The narrative is packed with predictable devices, and the women in the protagonist’s life do not seem to possess a life and logic of their own. They are dreary to the point of being mind-numbing.

Which woman worth her salt would fight to cling on to a man who lives with her for three years, refuses to pay the milkman’s bill because he drinks black coffee, and dithers endlessly when it comes to the question of solemnizing the relationship?

And what kind of woman would continue to massage the ego of a twerp who, after a binge, leaves her all alone in the middle of the night and drives away?

 I, Me Aur Main is riddled with illogicalities constructed only to serve the purpose of supporting the wayward ways of a hero who is utterly unlikeable.            

About the only surprise that the film springs is that it does not end in a gaudy shaadi shamiana swarming with smarmy guests belting out a raucous celebratory song. Instead, the climax unfolds in a maternity ward where a baby girl is born and all is forgiven and forgotten.

 Directed by debutant Kapil Sharma, I, Me Aur Main revolves around a music producer (John Abraham) out of tune with the times. His live-in partner (Chitrangda Singh) tries every trick in the book, but in vain, to make him take her home to mom (Zarina Wahab).

When all her efforts fail, she locks him out of her apartment and ends the dalliance.

 The hero finds another woman, a fashion stylist (Prachi Desai), who is the exact opposite of his previous partner –
bubbly and full of beans. And life goes on…

 But the film never springs to life, twisting and turning through a sub-plot involving the hero’s boss, a lady (Raima Sen) who, in her own words, has been hired by the music company to put him in his place.           

 The male protagonist decides to get his own back by launching a new singer who has been rejected by the boss. He is given too many shots at redemption – by the time he gets it right, the audience has ceased to care.

 The performances are, however, earnest without being exceptional. John Abraham, staying firmly within his limitations, gives it his best shot. If the film lacks sizzle, it isn’t entirely his fault, is it?

Director: Kapil Sharma

Cast: John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, Prachi Desai


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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017