Film Review: 'One by Two' remains a half baked effort to provide any real entertainment

Friday, 31 January 2014 - 3:41pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
  • Abhay Deol

Film: One By Two
Cast:Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Lillete Dubey, Rati Agnihotri, Preetika Chawla, Geetika Tyagi, Darshan Jariwala
Director:Devika Bhagat

What's it about
A modern day rom com, One By Two is the story of two individuals with different personalities, ambitions and past, who by chance happen to meet each other and interact. The humor is adult, but the basic premise of the plot is highly juvenile. There are two parallel stories running at the same time, but neither of them ever manage to draw our attention to what's going on in their lives. A string of supporting characters added to take the story to its conclusion also doesn't help in giving the film its much needed cohesiveness.

What's hot
There is an element of realness to the film. Bhagat ensures the vibe and tone of her characters is real. Amit Sharma is a guy who might actually meet a friends party or identify with. He doesn't have super powers, neither wants to change the society in anyway. His self obsession and comfort with his ability to spend a lot of time doing nothing is quite charming.

What's not
The film takes too long to set sailing. First half has very little substance and most of the scenes look like fillers put together to battle the reel length. Preeti Desai is easy on the eyes but fails in staying true to her character. She plays a dancer who competes in a TV show, but her lack of dancing skills is something that kills any little chance of us being interested in her character. Her off screen chemistry with Abhay might be great, but on screen the two have a lot to work on.

What to do
Witty and funny in parts, One by Two needed to double its dosage of humor and drama to come out with flying colors. Unfortuantley it remains a half baked effort to provide any real entertainment.


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