Sunday, July 8, 2012

Movie Review: Teri Meri Kahaani

Directed by Kunal Kohli, this movie tells the story of two people falling in love in three different eras. You could say they fall in love in over a period of time. But, then you would be wrong because the eras are separated by at least 100 years and it is difficult for a couple to live that long. So, the lead pair looks the same but have different names and different backgrounds. There is Govind(Shahid Kapoor)-Rukhsar(Priyanka Chopra) in the 1960, Krish-Radha in 2010 and Javed-Aradhana in 1910.

The movie ultimately is watchable due to the glamour-quotient, a few interesting performances and some of the interesting scenarios. At the same time, the movie is also plagued with problems. The movie is an anthology of three stories. When the same lead pair is featured in all short stories, you expect a connection between these three stories. But there is no strong connection. The only explanation offered makes you guffaw. Eventually, this becomes an anthology where the ending of each story is withheld from the viewer until the last few minutes of the movie. Kunal Kohli tries to give different styles to three stories. The 1960 story is narrated in a Chaplinesque style, the 2010 story using flash-cuts and 1910 in a bland style. The good intention is lost in the childish execution. The different eras have been painstakingly recreated. In order to accomplish this, the green screen has been employed for CG. Sadly, the CG work has rendered blurry images of the actors occupying the foreground in many of the scenes.

It is the performances that makes us forget the flaws of the movie. Shahid Kapoor effortlessly transforms himself into the three characters. He tries to differentiate between these characters by employing different looks and body language. Govind and Krish are good while Javed isn't. Ironically, his co-star Priyanka Chopra puts in a rather bland performance as Rukhsar and Radha while her Aradhana is excellent. It is as Aradhana that Priyanka uses her smile and eyes perfectly to her rapidly disintegrating resistance to poetry-quoting womanizer Javed. While the lead pair has excellent chemistry, they end up impressing us in different segments and never in the same segment. Prachi Desai and Neha Sharma stands in their roles in spite of the limited footage. This is because they portray the most interesting characters - strong willed and opinionated.

The rangoli on screen, the music, the jokes and the running time makes this watchable. So if you have nothing else to do in the multipex, this provides a good diversion.

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

Rating: **


4 comments:

  1. So Teri Meri Kahaani is an ordinary kahaani...:))Haven't seen it as yet..

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    1. 3 ordinary kahaani-s packaged into one. So you get 3 love stories in one. In 2 hours and odd minutes. :)

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  2. Yet to see it...Seems to be a not-so-bad time pass!

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    1. :) Check my reply to Panchali's comment. That is why it is a not-so-bad time pass. :)

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