old for the foolery. He’s nursing a broken heart for an old flame for no discernible reason. He has one scene that lifts him and the film, which involves him in his briefs, a guitar, a potential Punjabi bride-to-be, and her aghast parents.
This is a case of missed opportunities. Trying for likeability is tough when the film is saddled with a listless plot and pace. And actors trying to lend it some heft, especially veterans like Rati Agnihotri and Jayant Kriplani, but not being able to because they don’t get enough. Lillete Dubey is an exception: as the wife and mother who wants to do the right thing, she comes off well. There’s a nice cameo of a garrulous girl who crunches wafers noisily right through her first date. The zaniness of Deol-in-his-boxers makes us laugh, even if it feels a trifle contrived.
You wish that One By Two had been half as much fun.