“One by Two” Review– Unimaginative and boring!

One by Two

  • Film: One by Two
  • Starring: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai
  • Release Date: 31st Jan 2014
  • Produced by :Abhay Deol, Viacom18 motion pictures
  • Directed by: Devika Bhagat
  • Story/Screenplay: Devika Bhagat
  • Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

The most ironic experience of a film presets when you witness a terrible execution of a refereshing concept in those slated three hours, and this Abhay Deol produced-starrer One by two stands tall in that list.While its indeed revitalizing to see him backing unconventional storylines, ( which he usually does), he is completely let down by a wafer-thin script and vapid direction.

The main protagonists of this jaded flick– a software simpleton guy Amit Trivedi ( Abhay Deol), who is unceremoniously dumped by his rather rude girlfriend,  and Samara Patel (Preeti Desai), an aspring dancer who is battling with her demons- a committment phobic boyfriend and an alcoholic mother (Lillete Dubey). These two track run in parallel throughout, with both the lead actors meeting during the climax.

Considering the current trend of rom-coms , this comes as a novel change in Bollywood. But inspite of a stimulating platform, the films falls flat due to an unimpressive screenplay. Newbie director Devika weaves out some engaging moments, which are very few and far between. While the first half sincerely drags, the post interval portions get humdrum due to its slow placing and excessive length.  Some of the scenes have been handled with dexterity, specially the ones dealing with Abhay deol and his mother (Rati Agnihotri) , and the ones between Preeti Desai and Lillete Dubey. But as mentioned earlier, good moments in fragments cannot build up into a absorbing film.

Abhay Deol, otherwise a consistent actor , delivers a tepid performance this time. His lukewarm efforts reflects in the production values as well. Preeti Desai impresses with her dancing skills, but is still nascent in her histrionics abilities. Seasoned actors like Rati Agnihotri and Lilette Dubey deliver impressive performances.

Music of the film (Shankar Ehsaan Loy) is nothing to cheer about. A special mention of the DOP, as the entire film boasts of a colourful canvas. 

I am going for a generous 1.5/5 for this flick. An interesting premise spiralling into a pedestrian output, One by Two is a literal disappointment.

Popcorn Entertainment Rating: 1.5/5