Amit Sharma played by Abhay Deol is an easy going man. He has absolutely no qualms about leading a boring life. On the other hand, his girlfriend, Samara Patel played by Preeti Desai finds no end to her frustration after failing to make a mark as a dancer. The film is about how the two take the path of self discovery.
One by Two has a very simply laid plot and it tracks down the lives of two protagonists. Both of them lack attitude and confidence to take over the big bad world. The director effortlessly weaves the similarities in her characters with the stark differences in their personalities which is what makes the plot line so endearing to watch. The subtle undertone of the uncertainties that cloud the minds of most of the youth today is brilliantly dealt with. At no point does the director let the dialogues and treatment of the subject cross the line and sound preachy.
By the looks flick may not pull as much crowd as others written by Devika Bhagat like ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ and ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’, but one just cannot ignore it. The film delivers what it promises and reaches out to its audiences even more. The characters are realistic with no melodrama and no sensationalism. It has only what you see in the real world. The way the director builds on the equations the two protagonists share make the confusion in their minds almost palpable. The theme is bound to remind you of Ayan Mukherjee’s ‘Wake Up Sid’ but by the end of the film, Devika Bhagat, the director manages to hold her own show. The effort is brilliant to say the least.
While talking about performances Abhay Deol has delivered his best in this movie. He exactly suits for the role of a laid back, confused guy. Abhay Deol shows genuine passion towards the character he plays and delves deep into its skin. The newcomer, Preeti Desai is nothing short of a revelation. We’re glad she took to films for this is where she belongs it seems. She is a charmer all the way.
The music by Shankar Ehsaan And Loy grows on you as the film progresses. With such renowned credibility, there is only a little we can say in praise of the trio. If Devika Bhagat juggles take the film on three dimensions, Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy ass a fourth one with the perfect music.
We would recommend ‘One By Two’ to everyone for it reflects the psyche of the young and the ambitious perfectly well. Of course, it’s flawed but the sincerity with which it is made comes across beautifully.