'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' review: Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha's act stands out in a rather slow narrative  

A boy meeting a girl and falling in love during a road trip may sound like a typical storyboard of a Bollywood movie however this one has many twists and turns. Starring Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha, the film 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' is streaming on Disney+Hotstar.

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Disney+Hotstar's latest release 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' starring Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha tries to normalise the conversations on the love that goes beyond stereotypes of gender.

The flashback story opens with Zareen aka Mansi summarizing her bond with Anshuman aka Veer in the present state - 'Sahi kya hai, Galat kya...Main hu, Tu hain aur kya...Na koi chaah, Na koi raah... Ab sab pee jaate hai, Chal ab jee jaate hai! Taking the audiences 369 days back the story talks about finding soulmates and love beyond gender. 

A boy meeting a girl and falling in love during a road trip may sound like a typical storyboard of a Bollywood movie however this one has many twists and turns. Both the characters of the rainbow-hued tale Mansi and Veer are on the run. Mansi from Meerut runs away from the possibility of getting married while Veer from Chandigarh leaves the house on the day of his ring ceremony. The duo leaves behind the rigid and stereotypical expectations of their parents and sets out to meet their respective true but complicated love in Delhi. 

Mansi and Veer are total opposites. She is portrayed as an exuberant and reckless lady while he is shown as a reserved and neat-and-clean man. These two cross paths at an LGBTQ party and become good friends instantly. Later a chance encounters and Mansi moves in with Veer. He faces heartbreak the very next day and decides to drive Mansi to McLeodGanj to unite her with her lover. On the way, the two bond close and realise they share a special connection. When Mansi's partner refuses to accept the relationship in front of her family, the ‘soul mates’ decide to settle in together. But the fact that they are not sexually involved with each other, make them a perfect couple. In the last leg, the film had nothing much to showcase on the LGBTQ part but the tragic climax will move you.    

Harish Vyas directorial 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' started on a high note but the overly lengthy conversations scoop its potential of becoming a fine flick. Another setback we felt was that if the film was about same-sex love then why did the lead pair chose to settle down with each other giving the reason of parents and society? We wonder why??

However, a commendable job is done by the makers of depicting the subject with the utmost sensibility. Zareen and Anshuman share an easy-breezy onscreen camaraderie. ZK's role is full of surprises, she embraced the unusual character with full confidence and finesse while Anshuman's sincere performance is also laudable.

Rabbi Shergill’s classic single 'Bulla Ki Jaana' also finds prominence. It sets the tone for the different sequences throughout the film.

Directed by Harish Vyas 'Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele' is available on Disney+ Hotstar from May 9, 2021.