Let us get one thing straight, I had absolutely no expectations from this. Not because it is bad, but because it is just an amusing fare at best. Watching Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is definitely an experience, but with conditions applied. And the conditions are much bigger than Angelina Jolie’s lips. The combination of Punit Malhotra, Dharma Productions and Imraan Khan does not add up, like in Punit’s directorial debut, I Hate Luv Storys.
Director: Punit Malhotra
Actors: Imraan Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Shraddha Kapoor, Nizhagal Ravi
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt, Kausar Munir and Kumaar
Meet Sriram Venkat (Imraan Khan), a self-absorbed architect, whose world starts and ends with him. His father prefers calling him a kaala dhabba. As usual, the only way to make Sriram get back on track is to get him married – the oldest trick in trade. Sriram meets Vasudha (Shraddha Kapoor), a gorgeous-typical Iyer girl who teaches Carnatic music. But she wants to marry a sardar, Kamal. After saying yes and an episode or two, Sriram narrates the one serious affair of his life to Vasudha – the very Punjabi Diya (Kareena Kapoor), who is a passionate social worker. Love happens and so does collision of personalities. So, break-up happens. Next, Vasudha tells him that he should bring her into his life. Cut two, he goes to Jhumli in Gujarat where Diya is trying to develop the gaon and build a bridge for them. He joins her in building the bridge so that he can take her home. But they have to battle against a greedy biggie (Anupam Kher).
You are still trying to figure if this movie can be qualified as a rom-com. The romance is as palpable as Mallika Sherawat’s interest for the participants of her show. Unlike Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu, where Imran and Kareena actually looked good together, their chemistry is more forced. They look more like buddies out for a good misal-pav and then some mastani. It is supposed to be a young film but certain points make you feel the story and screenplay were written in sleep mode. For example, Imraan is supposed to be self-centred and still cannot figure out why Diya left him. He is US-educated architect, but does nothing. His naïve tricks to make Diya return and also make the villagers love him makes you laughing. The story idea is solid but its execution leaves you feeling like Ekta Kapoor serials deserve more applause for giving variety. The comedy tickles you at best, but the audience today has developed better sense of humour. Mediocrity, it seems, is the major line followed by the writer and maker. But a few scenes does bring a crooked smile, if not a Colgate smile worthy moment. Kareena, are you listening? Having a crab as a pet is one, while Vasudha’s sardar boyfriend singing Bulla Ki Jaana at her engagement is another. The bond between Sriram and a village youngster is touching.
The acting does not help either, though we cannot totally trash them. Imraan Khan’s earnest attempt warms you to this chocolate boy. Aggabai, Mamujaan ka influence dikhta hai. But he is held back by an utterly weak character. Kareena Kapoor as Diya Sharma is a watered down version of Geet, yet very likable. But it is Shraddha Kapoor as Vasudha who ends up with our applause, despite a small role. Looking gorgeous – checked and playing someone who has problems with convincing her parents about her love – double checked. She brightens up each scene. The credit should go to the director for picking excellent actors to play the supporting role. Nizhagal Ravi as Sriram’s father gets your attention and so does Anupam Kher as the antagonist.
We wish Punit Malhotra had paid attention to giving more meat to this anorexic film. While he makes sure that his first half keeps you hooked, his attempts to do a Lagaan in the second half (with obvious references) falters. And he happens to be the co-writer. Music by Vishal-Shekhar does keep you hooked, and so does the cinematography by Mahesh Limaye. The rest is not be spoken about.
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein surely is an example of how a good story can still falter. It cannot be condoned off as it does have things to redeem it. Yet for a two-and-half hour movie, it lacks the spirit of a good rom-com. I quit by quoting comic legend Groucho Marx – I have had a perfectly good evening, but this wasn’t it.
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