Ajay Devgan delivered a superb effort in his directorial debut, U Me Aur Hum. This movie is not about you or me; it's about Hum as a couple! It's a very sensible film, which deals with a very, very sensitive aspect of married life - commitment. The tagline is apt: "The greatest journey in life is the distance between two people." How well Ajay (Ajay Devgan) makes you travel this journey with him and Peeya (Kajol).
Ajay and Peeya meet on a cruise. She is a waitress, while he is a psychiatrist on a holiday with his friends. The first time Ajay [Ajay Devgan] saw Peeya [Kajol], she served him drinks. She affected him more than the alcohol, it was love at first sight. The first time Peeya saw Ajay, he had a drink too many. She watched him make a fool of himself and was relieved when he passed out.
Ajay is on a cruise with his friends -- Nikhil [Sumeet Raghavan] and Reena [Divya Dutta], unhappily married, and Vicky [Karan Khanna] and Natasha [Isha Sharwani], happily unmarried. Ajay is having a wonderful time dealing with martial strife, lots of bad language and huge hangovers, when he finds Peeya and time stands still.
After a disastrous first meeting, Ajay tries everything to woo her. He wants her, by hook, crook or even her little private notebook. She's not an easy catch at all, but finally, by sheer perseverance, he dances his way into her heart. Ajay and Peeya develop a strong and special bond.
Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry. And Ajay-Peeya love each other dearly, but no marriages can be complete without problems, and Ajay and Peeya have also have to face hurdles. Kajol is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. How does the couple face the crisis?
Kajol is first rate. This is an actor here with the Midas touch. She makes acting look like child's play. As the young girl who falls in love with Ajay, she is simply ravishing; as the doting wife, she is awesome and when tragedy strikes, her confusion is alarmingly clear. This is not to undermine Ajay Devgan who comes up with a reassuring performance; be it as the lover boy romancing Kajol or as the husband who refuses to leave her side.
The one thing you must carry when you set out to watch U ME AUR HUM is a handkerchief. For, this film makes you shed a tear at times, cry at places and weep in at least two vital sequences when Ajay leaves Kajol in the care of a hospital for good, and another when he goes to get her back, against his doctor's advise. Both actors sizzle the screen with their chemistry, be it while in love or when its time to sacrifice.
On the whole, U Me Aur Hum is a well-made, absorbing love story that is high on the emotional quotient. And that holds tremendous appeal for families mainly. U Me Aur Hum works because it's aimed at the heart. Anyone who's into relationships, anyone who believes in love, anyone who thinks from the heart, anyone who has watched his/her partner grapple a grave disease, will identify with a film like U Me Aur Hum.