One by Two Movie Info:.
One By Two is a 2014 Hindi romantic comedy directed by Devika Bhagat. It released on 31 January 2014 at multiplexes, showing on approximately 500 screens in India. The film features real life couple Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai.
Initial release: January 31, 2014 (India)
Director: Devika Bhagat.
Running time: 2h 30m.
Screenplay: Devika Bhagat, Manoj Tapadia.
Abhay Deol’s choice of films is indeed laudable. He has made a career by picking films that defy stereotype, by swimming against the tide… With ONE BY TWO, the talented actor turns film producer and you anticipate his production debut to hit the right notes. While the effort to push the envelope needs to be appreciated, ONE BY TWO suffers because it rests on a thin plot, with merely a few episodes grabbing your attention, not the film in its entirety!
ONE BY TWO talks of a simpleton Amit Sharma trying to get back his girlfriend Radhika [Geetika Tyagi], who dumps him for her own selfish reasons. Another story that runs parallel is that of Samara Patel [Preeti Desai], an aspiring dancer, a British citizen, who aims to make it big in the Indian industry.
While Abhay’s life hits a low point after he desperately attempts to get his girlfriend back into his life, Preeti deals with her aspirations along with an alcoholic mother [Lilette Dubey], commitment-phobic boyfriend [Yudhishtar Urs] and parents’ separation.
ONE BY TWO is miles away from cliched Bollywood fairy tales. What makes it a truly hatke experience is the fact that while Abhay and Preeti’s paths cross several times in the film, they come face to face only in the final sequence of the film. Besides the out of the box concept, a few episodes keep the charm alive. To give the credit where it’s due, director Devika Bhagat has filmed quite a few sequences with dexterity, especially the ones involving Abhay and his friends and Preeti and her mother.
While Devika reserves the best for the second hour, it’s the first half and chunks in the post-interval portions that create a total mess, making you restless in the process. The story hardly moves in the first half [it tends to get boring too!], despite the spectator getting introduced to the characters at the inception itself. In addition, there are too many coincidences all through the film, which seem unreal and unbelievable after a point. The post-interval portions do raise the bar [a couple of dramatic sequences are noteworthy], but the writing lacks the power to keep you enthralled through and through.