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Teri Meri Kahaani: Movie Review

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.

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.

Pros:

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)

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NDTV Greenathon

It’s always nice to see celebs join a movement to make our world a better and in this case greener place.  Priyanka Chopra continues her association with the NDTV Greenathon again this year and was joined by many other celebs like Sridevi and Arjun Kapoor (awkward maybe?), Ayushmann Khurana, SRK (are we still going to believe those “friends no longer” rumours?), Aamir Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Milind Soman (not pictured but he ran 1500 km for the Greenathon!).

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Remember be green by keeping in mind the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle.

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Teri Meri Kahaani: First Trailer!

WOW!!!! This is what I call an outstanding trailer! It tells you what the movie is about, the music excites you and the dialogues leave you wanting more!  Priyanka looks stunning and Shahid looks dashing.  Plus their chemistry is electrifying! The tag line of the film is thrice upon a love story.  I like it, it is creative.

 

Great trailer right?

The film releases June 22, 2012!

Cannot wait!!!!!!

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Stardust Awards’ Red Carpet

Here are the pictures from the red carpet of the Stardust Awards.

VIDYA BALAN IN SABYASACHI

BIPASHA BASU IN SABYASACHI

THE JODI BREAKERS  – BIPASHA AND MADHAVAN

JIAH KHAN

NARGIS IN DIOR

ANUSHKA SHARMA IN DONNA KAREN

KAJOL IN RAAKESH AGARVWAL

SHAHID KAPOOR

SAMEERA REDDY

PARINEETI CHOPRA

MONICA DOGRA

GUL PANAG

TANISHA, KAJOL AND TANUJA

SONU SOOD

ALI ZAFAR

ADITYA PANCHOLI AND WIFE ZAINA WAHAB

AARTI CHABRIA

SHRADDHA KAPOOR IN LOUIS VUITTON

Some News Updates

Wow, I have not written in forever!  Sorry, university has kept me super busy.  Anyways here are some news updates from Bollywood:

Ayan Mukerjee’s next film (his debut directorial venture was Wake Up Sid) was supposed to star Ranbir and Katrina (Ranbir confirmed this himself) but Katrina chose Dhoom 3 over this Dharma Production film.  Now Deepika Padukone has stepped in.  Interestly, Deepika has left Race 2 to star in Ayan’s film.  It is being reported Priyanka Chopra has replaced her in Race 2.  Wow Katrina has caused quite a domino effect.

It was reported that at the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan success bash Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma got very close and were even seen kissing.  Shahid did not react very well to these rumors and took to twitter to clarify all this is completely untrue.  Shahid has been using twitter to lash back at the media a lot lately.  First, against those critics who trashed Mausam and now this.

Also Shahid Kapoor has been confirmed to play the lead in the remake of the Hollywood film “Knight and Day”.

Meanwhile, Hema Malini Ji has decided to release Tell Me Oh Khuda the same week as Ra.One (Diwali weekedend).  I don’t think this is such a good idea because everyone’s attention is fixed on Ra.One.  Let’s see how this unravels.

More news:


That is all for now.

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Shahid-Priyanka Starer’s First Look

Kunal Kohli (director of Hum Tum, Fanaa) recently tweeted the first look of his yet untitled film which stars Priyanka and Shahid.

The first look is adorable!  Shahid and Priyanka both play multiple characters in the film.

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“Rabba”: Song Promo From Mausam

After hearing that Mausam is an editor’s worse nightmare from Rajeev Masand (http://openthemagazine.com/article/voices/it-all-depends-on-katrina-s-bikini), I became worried that this highly anticipated film would be a dud.  However, after the theatrical trailer and now this song promo I am more optimistic.  I love the song and Shahid’s pind da munda look.  Sonam looks the part of a simple girl and I’m glad that she chose a no-makeup look to add realism to the film.  I am confident that Pankaj Sir will make a great film as he is such a brilliant artist.

Cannot wait for September 16th! 🙂

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