In-case you were wondering before you watched the film, why the title ‘One by Two”, well that’s the famous way of ordering soup from where the film takes inspiration. And after you have watched the film, if you are wondering what is Abhay Deol doing in the film, then be rest assured, even I ventured out wondering the same. The man is known to be ultra selective about his work and the films he stars in come with the certain amount of credibility. But with One by two, Abhay goes horribly wrong. What’s more he has produced this film. Bollywood is growing up. It is gifting us mature stories, but at the same time, it comes up once in a while with pointless films which end up boring you.
One By Two is one such film. It isn’t romantic, which you may think is different. The leads do not meet each other till the end of the film which again you may wonder aloud is different, but the cliched life of the leads stops interesting you half an hour into the film. Because after that, the film refuses to move ahead.
Coming from the writer of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, I expected a way better film. The problems the leads face in the film are neither explained properly, neither does the film have credible lines to save itself. In-fact the dialogues and music are the biggest sore points of the film. I guess Devika Bhagat ends up chewing more than she can swallow and she has been credited with writing the story, dialogues, screenplay and directing the film. Same can be said of Shankar Ehsaan Loy who are unable to come up with a single memorable song.
The story which made no sense to me was about a daughter battling her alcoholic mom and a computer engineer trying to break free out of his boring life so that his girlfriend takes him back. With two irritating sidekicks gifted to Abhay deol, the film gets more on your nerves.
Coming to the performances, Abhay Deol gives it his all but alas, he lacks support from the film as well as the other actors. Preeti Desai whose only claim to fame is being Abhay’s girlfriend makes a horrible debut but salvages some pride by dancing breathtakingly on screen.
Alas, all the chance One by two had of shining at the box office due to the poor performance of Jai Ho comes undone thanks to a story which never should have been okay-ed in the first place. This soup goes stale pretty soon!!!