U Me Aur Hum – Movie Review

Its always a very brutal job to pan down a directorial debut. Its the closest you can reach to a catch 22 situation. You don’t want to point out all the obvious flaws because its the first movie of the director and on the other side you have such glorious examples ( for example – Taare Zameen Par) of some near perfect debuts that you crave to underline those very flaws. So does U Me Aur Hum fall into the usual Bollywood traps or does Ajay Devgan has a different story to tell?

Ajay Devgan directs his first movie and himself plays the character of Ajay, a leading psychiatrist who meets Pia (Kajol) on a cruise. Ajay is on the ship with his friends Nikhil (Sumeet Raghavan) ,Reena (Divya Dutta) , Vicky (Karan Khanna) and Natasha (Isha Sharvani). Nikhil and Reena are married but are always fighting like cats and dogs. On the other hand Vicky and Natasha are happily unmarried. Ajay falls in love with Pia and after a little bit of fighting and bickering both of them get married. The story follows the journey of these three couples who influence each other lives by the decisions they make in their own, where the main emphasis is given to the love story of Ajay and Pia. It would not be appropriate to go deeper into the story as it would give away the plot.

The story of the movie is such that it could have stood apart only if the performances, dialogues and the screenplay would have been tour de force. Performances are honest and well etched but it is the dialogues and the screenplay which eventually pull down the movie. There are flashes of brilliance here and there but the overall effect looks half baked. For example, take the scene where Ajay is taking to his friends about his wife’s condition and they ask him to bring her back. Everything is perfect in the scene except the dialogues. The lines “Do you understand what I am trying to say” and “You know something” are repeated so many times across the length and breadth of the movie, that it starts getting on to the nerves after sometime. There are some scenes which don’t make any sense like the one in which Vicky is walking naked on the deck. What the heck??? 😐 Another problem is that nothing happens in the first half of the movie. Its completely flat and bland, something we have seen zillions of times in Bollywood movies. Its only in the second half that the movie starts making some sense. The scenes between Kajol and Ajay pick up the pace but when you walk out of the theatre at the end, you feel that something was missing throughout the movie.

Kajol is her bubbly self and is the only reason to watch the movie. Some actors are evergreen and she is one of them. Ajay Devgan is also “cool” except in the scenes where he knits his brows too sharply and say – “You know something??” Eeeeks!!! The rest of the cast also end up faring pretty decently, specially Sumeet Raghavan. Vishal Bharadwaj’s music score is passable but the lyricist Munna Dhiman is someone to watch out for. “Saiyaan” and “Dil Dhadka hai” stand out as far as lyrics are concerned. The title track by Shreya Ghosal is also hummable.

Ajay Devgan impresses in the way he shot some of the scenes on the ship and later some more crucial scenes in the movie like the one in which Kajol is staring at the lizard. He can create wonders for sure. All he needs is an impeccable script and an engrossing story.

Rating – 2.5/5

Director – Ajay Devgan

 

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37 comments on “U Me Aur Hum – Movie Review

  1. Dont u think Ajay wasted his time and money. I dont know why but I feel he has to be in safe zone as this is the age where he can earn rather than spend as his wish. Any way one more movie in my watch list just for the “Kajol” 🙂

  2. I have watched a couple of trailers and that “You Know Something?” dialogue really turned me off. What I can make out from the trailers is that Ajay portrays himself as a really “Cool Dude” types in the first half- something that I can’t digest, because he doesn’t look that “cool”. Kajol looks too fat. 🙂 2.5/5 means the movie is very bad! I should stay away.

  3. I don’t agree with u guys at all. actually i saw the u me aur hum movie,it is very good movie directed by ajay devgan.they both performed outstandingly.ajay had balanced comedy,emotions,love perfectely through out the movie,most importantly the way of presentation is excellent.its an excellent movie.I strongly recommend everybody to go & watch the movie.my rate would be 4.5/5.
    I am sure movie will be awarded for next year & kajol will be nominated for an award too.first best movie of 2008.

  4. « Movie Review: U Me Aur Hum

    Another movie review coming your way people. But this one is making me wonder as to why before this I reviewed Race as a good movie. I am sorry I should not be comparing, but was just wondering why did I write such a good review for Race, because then how do I blog about this excellent movie.

    Sometimes the greatest journey is the distance between two people – the tagline of the movie itself puts me in daze. Dr. Ajay Mehra (Ajay Devgan) is a psychiatrist consultant, who when on a cruise tour, meets and falls in love at first sight with a waitress Piya (Kajol). Unfortunately for him Piya is not that easy to get. After alot of wooing, Piya finally gives in to his charm, and they settle down for a happy married life. But then Piya is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It is from here that the movie becomes a special and not an ordinary run of the mill movie. What makes it different is that the movie not only shows the trials faced by an Alzheimer’s patient, but also the tribulations faced by the people around her. A beautiful and meaningful story of love is what U Me Aur Hum is all about.

    Kajol has given one of her best performances till date. She always outdoes herself, and I think that is what makes her one of the finest actors in Bollywood. Ajay Devgan has played the role so realistically that it is difficult to say where Ajay Mehra (Ajay Devgan’s character) ends and Ajay Devgan starts. This movie has just made the already known fact more strong, that Ajay Devgan surely is one of the most versatile actors. The supporting actors namely Sumeet Raghavan, Karan Khanna, Divya Dutta, Isha Sharvani and Sachin Khedekar have played their roles with utmost ease and each have done justice to their roles.

    Music by Vishal Bharadwaj is situational, and that makes it very special. Lyrics by Munna Dhiman is to look out for, because it is very different. The song that truly stands out is the title track, both musically and lyrically.

    Ajay Devgan has made his directorial debut with U Me Aur Hum. And I must say, he has done an excellent job. For any director, it is easy to make an Art/Intellectual movie flawless, but to make a bollywood commercial movie flawless is indeed a very difficult job, and Ajay Devgan has surpassed all such expectations. Ajay Devgan has proved that he is not only a great actor, but an equally superb director.

    Some might say that the movie is on similar lines as the hollywood flick THE NOTEBOOK, and that if you have seen THE NOTEBOOK, U Me Aur Hum might not be that great. But trust me, it is only after watching U Me Aur Hum will you understand that these two movies are way too different.

    So even if you have watched THE NOTEBOOK, do go for this movie, because trust me, you will not regret it. All in all, I would say that this is a movie that will be remembered and will give you chills, long after you have stepped out of the cinema theatre.

  5. Just watched the promo and the first time i saw the You know something i was put off 😦 hope he doesnt become a mix of svengali n dev anand
    You know what? it reminded me of the ajay i saw in his first movie Phool Aur Kaante those drunken eyes and that typical smile
    he has improved a lot from then – his best i think is gangajal
    but hey i think i should pass on this one …. just hate romantic stuff that to anglicized Desi

    BTW ur on the Dashboard Congrats!

  6. This is a horrible movie. it is a copy of english movies – away from her and 50 first dates. it is quite depressing and walked out 1.5 hours into the movie. avoid at all costs

  7. @amit
    i saw d movie and it is all crap… 😦 i cldnt stand it yaar….i wldnt give it more then 1. generally m a very senti gal n can cry at d drop of d hat bt dis movie just failed to touch me even a bit 🙄 the romance was boring…no dialogues dat wld make u go ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. 😳 no scene touched my heart. The 2 couples were plain irritating. 😡 I dont know if i am some sorta emotionless person bt i didnt feel bad 4 d girl’s condition even a bit n dis u r listening 4m a girl who cried at every film 4m K3G to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and every damn film yaar 😳 D naked scene was just “so not needed” . I mean i expected more from some1 like ajay devgan bt he has dissappointed big time. He cld have explored d cruise romance so much bttr. The songs were also all just about okie. Kajol is as alwaz superb 😆 N dat “u know something” dialogue gets on ur nerves. The only reason i sat thro it all is coz i payed 240 bucks 4 dis 😥 i was really, really, really dissappointed 😥

  8. man ! I let ‘Race’ go, now this. Could someone please tell bollywood to make some good movies such that I dont have to waste time/money/energy(on cribing)/blogspace/Comments/worktime/….
    on movies.
    😦
    Heard that this is an adaptation of a Malayalam flick ‘Thanmatra’ which inturn is an adaptation (read copy) of a hollywood movie.

    Bollywood, please get some original scripts (and Not another ‘Heyy baby’ “partner” (or Hitch))
    🙂

  9. @Yaake : I think Ajay is gifted as a director. He shot some scenes really well. But there are other aspects to filmmaking, like knowing that the screenplay or the dialogues need some more polishing. That is where he needs to improve.

    @Vijaya Bharat : Now don’t be so hard on him. 🙂 Its his first movie. No, I don’t think he wasted anything. He must have learnt a lot. And yes, you can definitely watch it for Kajol. 🙂

    @Ruhi : Not only “you know something”, but some of the dialogues are so damn confusing that I was about to faint. 2.5/5 means its average. hehehe. Not bad. 🙂 And what happened to that Iranian movie???

    @Rama : Thanks for the detailed insight. But somehow I won’t give a movie 4.5/5 if I have to sit through the “bad” first half to enjoy the “above average” second half. Anyways, you are entitled to your opinion and I am glad that you liked the movie. 🙂

    @Prax : Yes, even I don’t enjoy Ajay doing this romantic stuff. He is good in serious movies because he suits such roles. He is fine even in Comedies also. And, yes, I was getting a lot of hits from the dashboard, so I thought I must be there on it. 🙂 Thanks.

    @Kiki : Wow, you walked out? I never do that. There is so much money at stake. 😆 Its a bad habit. And aren’t 99% of Bollywood movie a copy of some English movie?? 🙂

    @Amyth : But, please, do tell me your views after you watch it.

    @Riddhima : 240 bucks?? Did they provide you with a diamond studded sofa to sit and watch it?? Even I cried in K3G and KKHH. hehehe. 🙂 In this movie also I cried, when I saw that “ek duje ke liye” scene. One of my friend sitting next to me dozed off in that scene. 😆

    @Anand : I think @Rama liked the movie a lot. That’s the only positive one right now. 🙂

    @Xylene : I am ok with a copy of a Hollywood movie if its well made. But sometimes the whole soul of the movie is lost when it is Indianised. Indian directors don’t know what “original scripts” mean, so lets leave it at that.
    And this is better than Race. You can believe what the characters are saying. 😆

  10. I will watch this movie bcoz i m a huge fan of this couple.Especially Ajoy..If u have a little bit of sense of acting then u must have to accept that he is a versatile actor..not like others who does everything except acting and also getting popularities.Do u know the reason?…guess…u.

  11. gosh, i had only read of you know something … and now i’ve seen it. brrrrrilliant!! Ugh … reminded me of Aishwarya’s “are you LIKE checking me out?” in Dhoom-2 …EEEEEEEEEEKKKS!! 😦

  12. Oh I saw it! It was wonderful. 🙂 Saw another one called The Last Emperor 2 days back. It swept the OScars some 20 years back. Very difficult to find it. It’s based on the the ruling emperor of China, before the Communists took over. Do try to find it if you can.

  13. @amit
    arrey yaar multi plex tha na n movie just release hui thi na???? 😯 in my overexcitement of seeing a “romantic” movie i wasted my money which i cld have spent shoping 😥 damn i hate d movie even more nw 😡 n yeah wat was dat singling competition with d whole room singing??? 😯 atleast ur frnd slept…with d stereofonic sound i cldnt even do dat 😥

  14. So far, you’re the only person who’s given consideration to the fact that it’s a directorial debut. Everyone else has completely crashed it and the general sentiment is like 1-2 stars. But then again, when you’ve got directorial debuts like Taare Zameen Par, you do have certain hopes. So not gonna watch it in a theatre. I shouldn’t in any case. I should be studying.

  15. Thanks for undergoing the torture on my behalf.. the sad part is, I will have to see the movie thanks to my friends whose idea of fun is mocking at hopeless movies like this, after spending a descent amount at a multiplex! 😦

  16. utna bekaar tha kya? read a few positive reviews and thought that Ajay did a good job. Hope he betters the next time.

    Anyway, will wait to catch it when someone uploads it online 😉

  17. @Bikash : Yes, we all agree that both are very talented actors. Please do let us know your opinion about the movie after you watch it. 🙂

    @Amyth : Read it. I just hope that nobody from the Devgan clan reads it. 😆

    @Roop Rai : Guess we are sailing in the same boat. 😐 And weren’t some dialogues downright confusing?? “You know what I am trying to say”?? 😉

    @Ruhi : What was the name of the movie?? Why have you not updated it in your blog? Yes I have heard of the Last Emperor. Surprisigly, you can find it very easily in India. 🙂 Will definitely see it.

    @Riddhima : Yes, that Chalte Chalte part was also quite irritating. 😐 I have to say that I really pity you. 240 bucks!!! I would not have been able to sleep for a week if this would have happened to me. 😆

    @Ish : You can definitely let this pass. 🙂 Even I am studying nowadays and I am very scared. 😐 Pata nahi kya hoga. 🙂 Amyth and Nita ne to iss movie ke pure kapde hi utar diye hain. 😆

    @Reema : None of them. Eat a McDonald burger instead. 🙂

    @Pr3rna : Hehehe. Guess this movie can be used as a cure for Insomnia??? 😆

    @Balu : Ufff!!! Your friend seems to be quite a sadist. Well, come to think of it, its quite a way to enjoy. Do let me know about your views of the movie.

    @Liju Philip : Yup, many of the news channels have given it fine ratings. Guess the aam janta does not agree. 🙂

  18. Amit, not getting much time to blog 😦 As it is, I don’t have enough time to even watch a movie…forget about blogging about it. It will be pretty much like this till at least 7th of June (when my exam gets over). Uske baad I’ll hopefully start blogging full force 😀 And waise you seem to be quite busy these days too. Kahan rehte ho? Ladki mil gayi hai kya? (*wink wink*)

  19. @Ish & Ruhi : Yup, I am quite busy nowadays. Hey, I tried to find you guys on Facebook. There were 30+ Ishs and 50+ Ruhis. 😐 Guess I have to mail Ish to know the details. 🙂 I can certainly tell you why I am busy but not here. Its a secret. *wink wink* It would be like this for quite sometime. And no, Koi ladki nahi mili hai *Sigh*. 😦

    @Riddhima : 😆 Chalo koi baat nahi. Better luck next time.

  20. Amit: So is this film good “enough”? I like Devgan as an actor but lately I only watch films that seem really good. 🙂

    Koi ladki nahi mili hai
    You should contact the “Poultry Minister” [Ish] about that then. 😛

  21. @Ish : Process complete. 🙂

    @Ashish : Its just about fine. Actually not worth wasting time on.
    And I don’t think I should contact Ish. Last I remember, he was asking someone to give him all the IDs of girls along with some project reports. 😆

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  23. Probably, the only one here who thinks so but I loved it and IMO, it is one of the greatest love stories Bollywood has ever produced.

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