It’s been a while since I wrote a movie review and though I’m rusty here goes…
Hearing Teri Meri Kahaani had under-performed at the box office and had failed to impress critics made my fear that a movie with three love stories was just a bad idea even greater. Fortunately as is often true the critics got it wrong! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this film. Here are a list of pros and cons.
1. The film starts in 1960. This is confusing at first since you expect it to start off in 1910. After the film was over I realized it may have been for the purpose of having an interval. You see, the 1910 portion is longer than both the 1960 and 2012 stories thus for purposes of having a break half way between perhaps director Kunal Kohli decided to save 1910 for last. However, I don’t think an interval was necessary and having the film go in chronological order would have enhanced the final product.
2. The ex-girlfriend Meera. In 2012 Shahid’s ex-girlfriend is just irritating. In todays world relationships face so many diverse obstacles (as we saw in Love Aaj Kal, Socha Na Tha, Hum Tum, I Hate Luv Storys) that I felt the ex-girlfriend obstacle was too superficial a choice. Still for time purposes I guess the choice makes sense. That being said I would have preferred a longer film if it tacked something more substantial.
1. Shayanka – the chemistry between Shahid and Priyanka. Kunal Kohli brought us the Rani-Saif jodi in Hum Tum and we will eternally be grateful. He does us another favour by casting Shahid and Priyanka as Krish/Radha, Javed-Aradhana and Gobind-Rukhsar. These two set the screen on fire with their crackling chemistry. They adapt to their roles amazingly well. Especially in the 1910 love story. Shahid’s shers would make any girl melt because not only are they beautiful but also because of the charm and confidence with which he recites them. Priyanka excels too by adding that typical punjabi accent to her hindi. I’m punjabi myself and when I speak Hindi that exact accent comes into it!
2. The sets. Whoever made the sets should take a bow! Kunal Kohli you are a man of fantastic vision to pull this off! The setting of 1910 is Sargoda (a village in pre-partition Punjab) and it looks amazing! My mom tells me my grandfather’s family was originally from Sargoda so that makes me happy too haha! I am contemplating taking my grandpa to see the film so he can tell me if it’s accurately designed or not. The 1960 set is created digitally and you can tell in some parts but it is mostly done very well.
3. The film is what it promises. I read a couple reviews saying Mr. Kohli was trying to make an epic romance but I don’t think that was the intention. I think he meant the film to be a romantic film that when you leave the theatre you leave happy and hopeful that you too can find love. If I’m right he succeeded. Reading the reviews after having seen the film I can’t help but think that one of two things must be true. One the critics don’t believe in love. Two the critics are too old to remember how they dreamt of love when they were in their late teens and early twenties. This movie made me say “aww” or “that’s so sweet” so many times.
To conclude, if you are young and love to fantasize about your mr.right or miss right then this movie is a must see. Ignore the box office numbers and the critics and have a good time! It was my last day as a “teenager” and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend it!
Rating: **** (4/5 Stars)