Blame it on the parents

Blame it on the parents
I f one can blame a spoilt brat on the mom and an over-protective sister, then perhaps a bad movie can also be blamed on in-effective parentage? Just wondering!

I Me aur Main, Kapil Sharma’s debut venture, hit screens with quite a bit of expectation but unfortunately, the flick hits a wall and somehow just crumples there. It would be unfair to say that the story and the idea lacked potential. In all fairness, it did not. But for some reason, Sharma failed to handle it well and like the protagonist of the movie, the whole rigmarole became an apology.

Spoilt brat and self-obsessed Ishaan (John Abraham) lives with his girlfriend Anushka (Chitrangada Singh). She makes him breakfast everyday, religiously cleans up after him, pampers him and also forgives him for every error with the regularity of bodily functions. Don’t be mistaken, the headstrong lady is not deluded. She understands Ishaan’s serious shortcomings but as she admits to his elder sister Shivani (Mini Mathur) — she loves him and that is reason enough for a girl like her to want to marry a loser like him.

Ishaan’s happy heaven starts crumbling when his new boss Beena (Raima Sen) gets up and about to show the man his place in the music company and stoop-up for the umpteenth time, Anushka throws him out of her apartment — bag, baggage and lazy boy.

Ishaan has little to do but to gather his male ego and move into a new apartment and try to put his life back in to semblance. Helping him out in this endeavour is his ‘bubbly’ neighbour and the friendly neighbourhood electrician Gauri (Prachi Desai). And before poor Ishaan can bat an eyelid, mommy dearest (Zarina Wahab) lands up to save her son.

So while Ishaan flounders between too much female attention and not enough work to give him a high, he is hit between his eyes with news he just cannot handle. Well, at least his larger than his biceps male ego cannot tackle.

The rest of the movie rolls along in a rather insipid pace and at the end of it all, one realises that Ishaan really doesn’t do much for the women who molly-coddled him entire movie long. He is ineffectual as a brother, as a son and as a boyfriend. So, if we interpret it right, once a self-obsessed spoilt brat, always a useless body of existence?

What is Sharma’s point exactly? He blames Ishaan’s ego and habit on his mother and sister. However, the very critical Shivani does anything but protect him. In fact, she takes Anushka’s side from scratch. Chitrangada’s character is her trademark woman of class and substance and she is exceedingly sleek in her act. Prachi Desai is supposed to play the role of a confident girl who manages to alter Ishaan a little bit, but she is too irritatingly insipid by the end of it all.

In retrospect and mild irritation, one has to admit that Ishaan doesn’t really change. He just prioritises matters mildly. With an overload of female attention, you can barely expect the guy to find his balls, or so to speak. Just a hint of advice to the director. Being spoilt cannot be blamed entirely on the mother and self love, or narcissism is not the worst card in the pack. Yet.

You may miss this one unless you are a Chitrangada fan.
Jhinuk Sen

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