Friday, 22nd June09:00 AM IST
“TERI MERI KAHAANI” Is A Stale Wine In Old Bottle
ShahidKapoor does well in character of Javed based in 1910, Priyanka delivers an honest act, film has its riveting & romantic moments, couple of good songs i.e. “Mukhtsar” and “Jab Se Mere Dil KoUff”
Tacky art direction, inconsistent editing, pedestal script, routine direction
Watch it only if you are die hard romantic
“TeriMeri Kahaani” is directed by Kunal Kohli who is from Yash Chopra school of filmmaking. But he always borrows idea from West, if “Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic” was a blatant copy of “Marry Poppins” then this “Teri Meri Kahaani” is the copy of 2005 Taiwanese film “Three Times”, which featured three chronologically separate love stories. Both, the Hou Hsiao-Hsien directed project and Kunal's film are positioned over three time frames where the hero and the heroine find love in different circumstances. While the Taiwanese film was set in 1911, 1966 and 2005, “Teri Meri Kahaani” is set in 1910, 1960 and present-day U.K.
Film starts with Govind & Ruksar in 1960’s and then switches to modern settings of 2012 with Radha & Krish. Finally they are placed in 1910 as Javed & Aradhana. To be honest, only the last one set in 1910 is riveting with some fun shayaari and dialogues. But the most boring one is the one set in 2012 which moves on a very slow pace. The one in 1960’s has shades of “Om Shanti Om” where Priyanka plays an actress similar to Deepika’s character in OSO.
In terms of performance, Shahid looks best as Javed in the part set in early 20thcentury. His persona and charm keeps you glued but then he is almost clueless as Krish in 2012 where he almost sleepwalks through his part. Priyanka Chopra is awesome in all three roles and does justice to the script. If she is fun as Aradhana in 1910 then she looks convincing as Radha in 2012. This is again an almost perfect performance from Priyanka after “Saat Khoon Maaf”. And yes, the much talked chemistry between the lead pair is scintillating as they complement each other remarkably. Neha Sharma and Prachi Desai have not much to do and other supporting cast is strictly ok.
Music by Sajid Wajid is a huge disappointment as there is not a single chartbuster and it seems that every tune has been heard somewhere before. This music duo should stick to “Housefull 2”, “Rowdy Rathore” and “Dabangg” kind of cinema as composing melodious romantic tune is not their cup of tea. Though Prasoon Joshi as lyricist tries his best to save the day but music lets him down. Editing is inconsistent with more than few unnecessary scenes in all three stories. Writer Robin Bhatt and Kunal Kholi deserve credit for the climax and the way they handled the connectivity among three subplots without getting too dramatic. But Kunal Kohli fails as director with no effort to take movie to another level beyond script. He tries his best to depict love and its problems in different eras but fails to put his point across in effective manner.
Overall film is meant only for young couples who want to enjoy their couple of hours in middle of full blown romantic atmosphere and for Priyanka Chopra fans as she again delivers an impeccable performance. Film’s chances at box office look bleak as film will struggle beyond weekend.
Go listen to this Kahaani if you are die hard romantic otherwise you might end up suffering.