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