Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele
It is the LGBTQ community that has been marginalised so much so that it was considered to be a crime sometime back. A community that has often been ridiculed and made fun of. Bollywood has often been accused of it too either misrepresenting the characters from the community or reducing them for comic relief or a caricature. Here the issue is that you are feeding the masses with fodder that would further damage the image of the community. This is a sad reality that needs to be addressed. Fortunately times are changing and so is the film industry. Two of the most heartfelt performances representing a gay character that I can remember are Manoj Bajpayee from Aligarh and Roshan Mathew from Moothon. It just takes little acceptance to believe that we are all same at the end of the day and that they are as humans as everyone else. And with that I have just finished watching Hum Bhi Akele Tum Abhi Akele on Hotstar VIP, lets just call it HBATBA. So is it worth your time stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
HBATBA follows the story of a gay man and gay woman who set out on a journey that would change their lives forever. The story is heartfelt and emotional as also sensitive. The screenplay is decently well written. It is a bit of a slow burn that takes its time to take off yet in this buildup, it introduces you to the characters and the dynamics associated with them. Once the leads take off on the journey, it is a breezy ride up until the end where the drama gets slightly melodramatic leading to a shocking pre climax and an emotional and heartfelt climax. On the downside, certain scenes felt a little stretched and atleast 10-12 minutes of its runtime could have been chopped off on the edit table for a tighter screenplay. But overall the screenplay is decently well penned with several heartfelt moments throughout.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are routine, nothing much to shout about. The music is decent but the BGM is outstanding and really helps to heighten the drama. The film is beautifully shot which neans the cinematography deserves distinction marks. Director Harish Vyas handles this complex subject with sensitivity and does a good job with it.
Gurfateh Pirzada is alright as Veer’s love interest. Jahnvi Rawat is pretty good and easy on the eye as Mansi’s love interest Nikki. It is an interesting and bold choice your her debut outing. Zareen Khan as Mansi looks gorgeous and has done a good job. My pick of the lot is Anshuman Jha as Veer. His demeanor and subtleness to the character bring a layer of sensitivity making it a brilliant performance.
Despite its flaws, Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele is an emotional ride beyond love and friendship that is sensitive and a joy to watch. Available on Hotstar VIP.