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U Me aur Hum: A sensitive, stimulating aur sappy theme with romantic, idealistic aur mushy characters who have thoughtful, filmy aur repetitive lines.Read more
NOT A REVIEW - Just my thoughts on the theme of the movie
The first promo I saw had a romantic quote followed by Ajay Devgan's voiceover enlightening us that he read it somewhere and Kajol's telling us that someone somewhere must have written it. Wow, nice, I thought.
That was over a month ago. They have a campaign of romantic lines. And I think that train of dialogue is overexposed.
I am really hoping against hope that there is something the marketing department has purposely kept from us and the movie will have this wonderful thriller twist. I know we don’t really have out an out completely romantic movies which is just about that one relationship and nothing else. But, somehow the overdose has gotten to me, and the movie hasn't even begun yet.
Why this particular story?......Its positivity. I've noticed that people these days have become more cynical and less optimistic than before.... In today's scientific world, everyone seems to be looking for tangible justifications for things they do. Even with regards to love, people spend hours theorizing about chemical reactions in the body, the impact of hormones and other such clinical things. My question is - where has all the romance gone?...
Oops...there goes my theory of a thriller twist in the tale. Jokes apart, a friend and I were listening to old Hindi songs the other day and we were talking about how the sweetness in romance is vanishing. There is romance but more people would get flowers instead of writing or even reading poetry. Also, people give up on relationships instead of making them work.
So, will U Me Aur Humbring the charm back in romance or will it convince more of us that romance is tacky dialogues and too sugary-sweet to handle?
- meeta, a part of the audience
It is touching. It is sweet. The romance is too good to be true. Yet at some level it works, because the chemistry works. But, where's the "hum" Mr.Devgan? I saw only the "U". Why is the Mrs. denied character development? Of course, the U can argue that the movie is from Ajay's point of view. But then why behave like you are in love with cheese and call it, U Me Aur Hum?
The story has a clear set-up, a conflict and a resolution. I like the pace at which the romance builds on the cruise ship as a tribute to Titanic. The conflict chosen however, is so specific that you wonder whether the resolution is applicable to all situations. Especially considering that Ajay Devgan, as a person, wants people to work on their relationships rather than let go. Yet, it does manage to make you think "how much would I be willing to give up in my relationship?"
Again, the problem at hand is specific enough to warrant research. A cursory glance around the web raises a couple questions. To an extent, the movie is not about this specific issues, but is about the overall idea that love also means enjoying the blindness. But the issue is so much at the crux of the story that it can't be ignored.
And why this obsession with a boy child? "To each his own" is all very good, but do we really need that kind of propaganda in such an influential medium? The issue of female infanticide is so rampant in India that this one doesn't even need research.
Coming back to the romance, there is a lot of pretentious dialogue going back and forth, which is alright till Ashwani Dhir gets to sentences with "repeated words". He takes this scheme of sentence formation along with a joke to the other release this week Krazzy 4 too. So, we are repeating across movies too! Not to mentions that some of the key scenes lacked punch. But, there is this particular monologue which is getting tedious just when Ajay changes his tone completely and takes off. It touches the right chord.
Yeah, the credit does go to Ajay Devgan for that. I have always felt that it's very difficult for a director to direct himself well. But when it comes to directing others, Ajay missed the mark. Almost everyone in the supporting cast is over-the-top. Of course, Kajol has done the best she can to get us involved with her situation despite the lack of depth writer, Ajay Devgan, etches out for her. Though she does get to her shrill self every once in a while. But I'm still miffed by the short hand she has been dealt.
More credit to Ajay, this time with regard to experimenting with the camera. And of course to Aseem Bajaj for executing the director's vision. Most of the film is shot with the subject of the camera in the background. And some or the other out-of-focus object in the foreground - be it a chair, a person or a showpiece lying on the table that the subject is sitting behind. I found this interesting because I always had some inkling as to the evironment the character in focus is in.
However, while Ajay and Kajol are stylish, elegant personalities, they are not the most beautiful looking people. Close-ups of their aging faces should be avoided, especially when they are playing characters 10 years younger than they are.
Munna Dhiman does a decent job with the lyrics. The witty words flow well with the music and thus you don't have to strain too hard to understand. The music however, is just about functional.
Despite all its flaws, U Me Aur Hum touches a tender spot, makes a tear roll, and sets you thinking about what love really means to you.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Daliya Daspurkayastha, Bollywood Mantra : ...Ajay had already established himself as a great actor but when it comes to direct films, he proved himself even better than an actor.... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Two scenes tear at your heart; one when Ajay leaves Kajol in the care of a hospital for good, and another when he goes to get her back, against his doctor’s advise... full review
So-So, by Sapna Wong, All Bollywood : ...uses what I can only call brave close up full frame head shots of both him and Kajol continuously, allowing the audience to see every hair that makes up Kajol's uni-brow and every tobacco stained tooth from Devgan's crooked smile. (YIKES!)... full review
So-So, by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema : ...One could use the best technology to make a product and package it extremely well, but ultimately if the product itself isn't that good, there isn't much one can do.... full review
Thumbs down, by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com : ...You know something? If you are already irritated by the fact that this is the fourth time I have repeated the above question in this review, imagine my plight. I have heard it being mouthed meaninglessly and relentlessly by Ajay Devgan... full review
Thumbs down, by Greatbong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind : ...“U Me Aur Hum” is a vision of hell where the Devil would be the manager of an Archies store, a vision brought to realization by Ajay Devgun’s directorial ineptness... full review
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Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.
Ajay Mehra (Ajay Devgan) believes in love at first sight and he falls in love with Pia (Kajol). Pia is not sure, so Ajay woos her. Does it work? If it does, who's the villain in this love story?