Critics' review: I, Me Aur Main is flaky but one-time watch

By Hindustan Times

Director: Kapil Sharma
Cast: John Abraham, Prachi Desai, Chitrangda Singh
Plot: Ishaan (John Abraham )a charismatic, good-looking music producer from Mumbai, lives a sheltered existence as the apple of his mother's (Zarina Wahab) eye, always protected by his elder sister Shivani (Mini Mathur). He stays at his girlfriend Anushka's (Chitrangda Singh's) house and takes them all for granted. His new neighbour Gauri (Prachi Desai) comes into his life and begins to fall in love with Gauri.

Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Rating: **1/2
I, ME AUR MAIN has several worthy of note sequences. Instances: John's I-me-myself attitude comes across very well at the start itself, besides his relationship with Chitrangda, which goes from bad to worse with the passage of time. In addition, the segments featuring John and Mini Mathur echo a certain reality. You can't help but laud the freshness Kapil brings on the table in those sequences. I'd like to make a special note of the finale, when John wants to be by her side, but Chitrangda's words of wisdom sound so valid.

Nonetheless, there're tracks that fizzle faster than expected. John's relationship with Raima, his boss, gets repetitive after a point. Also, John's quest to introduce a new singer [Sheena Shahabadi] -- the entire journey from scratch to star -- is humdrum. Even the sequences with Prachi are inconsistent. As and when Kapil decides to take the unconventional route with her character [Prachi fleetingly talking about her previous relationships… also the sequence when John decides to get close to her, after she has had a couple of drinks], those moments compliment the spirit of the enterprise. Conversely, there're portions that seem far from satisfying or enjoyable.

It's the first time that John plays a man-child and I must add, he ensures that the character doesn't deviate into the negative alley. Shunning the 'Action Abraham' image that he has steadily built, the actor delivers a striking, likeable performance. Chitrangda lends undeniable credence to her part. Prachi adds so much zest in those tiny little moments, enacting the spunky girl part so well. Mini Mathur is natural to the core, getting the nuances of her role spot-on. Raima Sen is perfect, despite the fact that her role lacks meat. Zarina Wahab is dependable as the doting mum. Sameer Soni doesn't get any scope. Errol Peter Marks is efficient.

Verdict: On the whole, I, ME AUR MAIN is a decent watch. More for the urban youth!

Rubina A Khan, Firstpost
Rating: **
Director Kapil Sharma makes his debut with the film, but even though it is a sincere effort on his part, the screenplay is not befitting of the premise of its lead character being a man-child – it does not have the required depth to take the story or the players’ parts forward in its narrative.

John Abraham’s boxers aren’t as exciting as his six-pack, and he plays the part to the best of his acquired ability to act. Chitrangada Singh, as always, puts on a great show of beauty and talent but the best performance in the film is by Prachi Desai as the spunky girl next door. Her portrayal of Gauri is real and seems effortless with the ease she essays it. Zarina Wahab is excellent as the mum, leaving no room for anything but praise. Mini Mathur, who is director Kabir Khan’s (Kabul Express, New York, Ek Tha Tiger) wife, makes her acting debut in the film and breezes through given her years of experience as a television host.

I, Me Aur Main would have been a far better film, had the screenplay been more generous with expanding on key elements and developing the plot in a more engaging manner, rather than letting the loose ends hang unashamedly.

Verdict: I’d say the screenplay is far more selfish than John’s character in the film, leaving the audience shortchanged with its shaky, faltering bits.

Mohar Basu, Koimoi
Rating: **1/2
The film fails primarily because of it’s over bearing and over ambitious script. Trying its hands at too many themes, the film appears shady and inconsistent. The story lacks depth and is maintained mostly at a superficial level. The story moves aimlessly without making a point at all. One might be seriously confused by the end of it! What was it? A romantic comedy? A break-up Satire? A sappy family saga? Or a multi themed broth gone bland. The film ends hastily which adds on to the mounting disappointment. The writer, makes Ishaan’s character even more shallow given his sudden situation based change of heart. He in fact looks even more selfish in the end than he seemed all along in the film. The script has sketchy characters who are far from reality altogether. It does to the film an irreparable damage which is impossible to be undone.

John Abraham does his best at flaunting his bitable and chiseled hot body. Oh, such hot men shouldn’t be allowed to openly seduce critics into giving positive reviews! It’s a shame he can’t act. Though his performances have improved over time, he still hasn’t learnt the art of imbibing energy or imagination into his roles.

Verdict: I Me Aur Main is a flashy attempt to bluff audiences by putting together obviously beautiful actors in ornate celluloid frames in order to conceal a weak plot and shaky screenplay. Lock up your brains and ogle happily, in case you decide to go for the film.

Nishi Tiwari, Rediff
Rating: **
I Me Aur Main’s runtime of 108 minutes is probably the best thing about the film. But then, there’s also three gorgeous people wearing the best of clothes, Mini Mathur in a delightful and fairly impressive turn, and Zarina Wahab as the overindulgent, criminally naive but lovable mother.

The plot, though, leaves a lot to be desired. While the first half of the film establishes the premise effectively and at a brisk pace, the second half meanders.

The story loses its sense of direction – surely not all women are naive in their dealings with a man-child – and rushes to the end because all stories must have a crowd-pleasing ending in the appropriated run-time.

I Me Aur Main falters with its plot, does a mild disservice to the ladies and is unreasonably forgiving of its protagonist. If you can get past that, it’s a film you wouldn’t mind watching once.

Verdict: I Me Aur Main has its moments but falters badly with its plot.

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