Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (transl. One me, and one you) is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Shakun Batra in his directorial debut and produced by Karan Johar and Hiroo Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions, alongside Ronnie Screwvala of UTV Motion Pictures. The film features Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan in lead roles, with Ratna Pathak Shah, Boman Irani and Ram Kapoor in supporting roles. The plot centers on an uptight architect named Rahul Kapoor, living in Las Vegas, Nevada, who loses his job and, following a night of debauchery, accidentally marries a free-spirited hairstylist named Riana Braganza. After mutually deciding to annul the marriage, Rahul begins a one-sided attraction for Riana, which threatens to ruin their new friendship.
Development began in 2010, when Johar signed Batra and Khan for a film to be made under his banner. Inspired by the Woody Allen style of film-making, Ayesha Devitre and Batra worked on the script, with principal photography taking place in Vegas, Los Angeles, Pataudi and Mumbai. The film features music by Clinton Cerejo and Amit Trivedi, with the former composing the score and the latter composing the songs. The lyrics for songs were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Originally slated to release during the fall of 2011, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu eventually released on 10 February 2012, to positive critical reception, with major praise directed to Kapoor and Khan’s performance, and proved a moderate commercial success.
Rahul Kapoor, an architect, has always been on the road to perfection, as per the wishes of his domineering father and socialite mother. After suddenly losing his job in Vegas, he hides the truth from his parents and looks for another job. Unable to cope with unemployment, he goes to a psychologist and runs into another patient, Riana Braganza. A series of events lead Riana to believe that he is sent by her ex-boyfriend to stalk her, and she ends up taking his file by mistake.
Riana, who later realises her mistake, calls him and apologises for her behaviour. They meet up on Christmas Eve and Riana invites Rahul to have a few drinks with her. A few drinks turn into a night of intoxicated revelry and they end up marrying each other. Horrified the following morning, they decide to get it annulled as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Riana, who is also unemployed and has not paid her rent, loses her accommodation and an initially hesitant Rahul lets her stay with him till her problem gets resolved. During these few days, they get to know each other better. Rahul is revealed to be interested in photography while Riana recounts her ambition to be a ballet dancer, which was destroyed after she broke her ankle in childhood. Their friendship develops as Riana gives Rahul a long break he always wanted. As they grow closer, Rahul develops feelings for Riana, who fails to reciprocate them.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, Riana plans to visit her family in India and asks Rahul to accompany her. He disagrees initially, as his parents live in Mumbai, but later succumbs to her argument. Upon arrival, she introduces him to her family, making his feelings towards her grow. The next day, Riana takes him to visit her school. Amidst reflecting over her past relationships, he unsuccessfully tries to kiss her. Realising that she does not feel the way he does, he angrily leaves the school, only to almost run into a car revealed to be his mother’s. He lies and tells his mother that he is in India for a research trip, and that Riana is a colleague. They have lunch with Rahul’s parents, where he spins a web of intricate lies to avoid telling his father the truth. He leaves Riana’s house and returns to his parents, trying to tell them the truth, but once again is overpowered by his father.
Two days later, during a family dinner, Rahul angrily divulges the complete truth to his in-denial parents and their business partners, after realising the meaninglessness of his pretense he indulged in all these years. He rushes back to Riana to apologise for his behaviour while Riana apologises she never intended to lead him on. After a night of reflection and deep conversation, they decide to maintain their friendship.
The duo return to Las Vegas and finalise their annulment. Rahul gets a new job, while making time for photography. He remains hopeful that one day he will convince Riana to go back to that chapel with him. Both remain good friends, with an ending note from Rahul claiming that he is finally happy with his life, as the credits roll.
Kareena Kapoor as Riana Braganza, a hairstylist who tries to add zing to Rahul Kapoor’s monotonous life following their marriage. In an interview with The Times of India, Kapoor describes her character and explains, “Riana knows what she is doing. Even though she does not have a house or a job, she is a positive person… very similar to the way I am.”
Imran Khan as Rahul Kapoor, an uptight architect living in Las Vegas. Following the loss of his job, he ends up marrying Riana Braganza due to alcohol-resulting drunkenness. Khan describes his role by saying, “Rahul has had a very restricted life. His parents have always told him what to do, how to behave, what to study, what career to pursue and so on and so forth. Even his hobbies have been decided by his parents. He has never had a spontaneous moment in his life where he has done something for himself. He is actually a very sad, lonely and tragic guy but he doesn’t realize it.”
Ratna Pathak Shah as Mrs. Kapoor, Rahul’s mother, a fiercely dominating woman.
Boman Irani as Mr. Kapoor, Rahul’s father, a strict disciplinarian.
Ram Kapoor as Mr. Bulani, a friend of Rahul’s father, who tries to help Rahul overcome his low self-esteem.
Dana Lewis as Mrs. Bulani, who makes sexual advances at Rahul.
Soniya Mehra as Anusha, Rahul’s ex-girlfriend.
Rajesh Khattar as Mr. Shah.
Nikhil Kapoor as Phil Braganza, Riana’s father.
Zenobia Shroff as Nicole Braganza, Riana’s mother.
Manasi Scott as Steph Braganza / Steph Karan Sharma, Karan’s wife, Riana’s sister.
Mukul Chaddha as Karan Sharma, Steph’s husband, Riana’s brother-in-law.
Avantika Malik in a special appearance during the song Auntyji.
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