You, Me and Us
EmptyOAKLAND, Calif. -- In action star Ajay Devgan's directorial debut, he proves to have a gift for setting a dark and unsettling mood. Unfortunately, "You, Me and Us" ("U, Me aur Hum") is marketed as a touching love story. Audiences will likely be turned off by this disconnect and by several genuinely terrifying scenes including several depicting a woman's mental deterioration and one nearly unwatchable scene of a drowning infant.
Devgan trained as a filmmaker under director Shekhar Kapur before switching careers to establish himself as one of India's most macho action heroes. His wife, Kajol, one of a tiny handful of Indian actresses with above-the-title standing in the industry, is an unconventional beauty with an "India's sweetheart" charm comparable to that of a young Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts.
This is the couple's first film together since they married in 1999. Expectations are high because not only does the pair share an uninhibited on screen chemistry but also because they're both powerful talents. The recent success of actor Aamir Khan making his own directorial debut with the critical and commercial hit "Taare Zameen Par" has piqued interest even more.
Told in flashback, the story traces how Ajay and Piya (Devgan and Kajol) meet on a cruise ship, where he is a doctor on vacation and she is a cocktail waitress. After they marry, Piya starts to lose her grasp on reality and is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's before her 30th birthday. She is institutionalized when her episodes of forgetfulness endanger both herself and her baby, allowing the film to bring up important themes of family closeness and obligation.
The film begins as a comical, whirlwind romance, in a tone that is clearly not in Devgan's comfort zone as a filmmaker. But he hits his stride when the film moves into the unnerving realm of psychological thriller, and could have a solid career as a director one he decides to stick to a genre.
YOU ME AND US
Director: Ajay Devgan
Writers: Sutanu Gupta, Akash Khurana, Robin Bhatt, from a story by Ajay Devgan
Producer: Ajay Devgan
Director of photography: Aseem Bajaj
Songs: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Munna Dhiman
Background score: Monty Sharma
Costume designers: Anna Singh, Manish Malhotra
Editor: Dharmendra Sharma.
Ajay Devgan, Kajol, Karan Khanna, Isha Sharwani, Sumeet Raghavan, Divya Dutta
Running time -- 150 minutes
No MPAA rating