Ever since the last Kareena Kapoor-Imran Khan starrer film I saw, I was curious to see if this particular pairing would happen once again and also whether it could happen to click better this time around, because it didn’t quite work for the film Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. So when Gori Tere Pyaar Mein was to release, I determined to go watch it; which I did today.
Alas this second time that Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan are paired with each other turned out to be as much of a disappointment – I still felt that I was watching a stern elder sister with her slightly wayward younger brother on screen. The chemistry was not so much disappointing as completely absent. The film itself told a story which, though fun in parts, made me long to hop over to the next auditorium to rewatch Ram-Leela. That said, go watch it for Imran Khan – he is likeable, believable and is responsible for every laugh out loud funny moment in the film.
Rating – **1/2
Film – Gori Tere Pyar Men (Release date 22 November 2013)
Starring – Karrena Kapoor, Imran Khan, Shradhha Kapoor, Anupam Kher
Producer – Karan Johar
Director – Punit Malhotra
Story/Screenplay – Punit Malhotra, Arsad Sayed
Music – Vishal-Shekhar
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein Review
The director of this film is Punit Malhotra who has directed movies such as I Hate Luv Stories before so we pretty much know the type of rom-com one is in for: very much a young, urban, upper class Indian milieu with characters that struggle with their own feelings and the relationship issues that emerge from the ambivalence of those very feelings.
So in Gori Tere Pyar Mein as well, we have Sriram (Imran Khan) the shiftless young man who seems to have little to do but party, falling for Dia (Kareena Kapoor) the firebrand activist from a Punjabi family. Meanwhile, Sriram’s family would like him to marry to a nice Tamil girl so that he will mend in his ways – Enter Shraddha Kapoor’s character who however, is however in love with someone else – someone who happens to be a Sardar so we have two North-South relationships here.
Rather predictably we have a leaving-the-shaadi-ka-mandap scene with the hero finally having an epiphany and deciding to pursue the love of his life. The action then shifts to the remote impoverished village with the exploitive Collector (played by a delightfully villainous Anupam Kher) who won’t build the bridge that the villagers desperately need.
Where Gori Tere Pyar Mein works is that Imran Khan does what he does best – plays a funny, likeable, believable character, even though his casting was rather odd considering he was supposed to be the son of a very traditional looking Tamil family. The movie has its genuinely funny moments such as when Imran Khan approaches his prospective dad-in-law for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
The story however doesn’t ever quite work – the romance is weak and rather unbelievable. Considering that the hero leaves everything to be by the side of his lady love in some remote backwater, there is just no passion to justify that kind of behaviour. The village is shown to be reasonably poor and decrepit, and seems to be peopled with uni-dimensional characters. The story is unsurprising and meanders to a predictably tame end.
Watching this movie, it occurred to me that Gujarat is the new Punjab for Bollywood. Suddenly Gujarati and Gujaratis have become cool like never before; where earlier it was Punjab’s hare bhare khet and the loud, expansive Punjabi that Bollywood loved. We now have a new regard for Gujarat’s folk music its traditional dresses and suddenly it has become very cool to append the word ‘chhe’ (Guajarati for ‘is’ or ‘hai’) to the end of a sentence.
Gori Tere Pyar Mein Music
The music is peppy and nice but there is nothing here that is particularly memorable. Songs such as Moto Ghotalo, Dhat teri ki and Chingum Chabake are amusing but not stunningly original. The Mika Singh song “Tooh” (the Punjabi word for rear end) seemed rather out of place for a wedding. Certainly not Vishal-Shekhar’s best offering so far (Dus, Salaam Namaste, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, the Dirty Picture, Chennai Express are just some of the films they have composed music for).
So in conclusion, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is a nice enough film to watch if you have two-three hours in which to do nothing. There are no really jarring notes and it’s a film that is watchable and even funny in parts. Just don’t expect anything that stuns you, or makes you think or cry or experience any particularly deep emotion. Go for the likeable characters and a breezy, if rather implausible story.
Of course you could go watch Singh Saab the Great, this weekend’s other big release, if you’re so inclined.
By – Reena Daruwalla
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