When director Kunal Kohli took risk to give the first blockbuster of his career with ‘Hum Tum’, he became the father of a new genre of rom-com cinema which perhaps set the ball rolling for others in the business as well. With his another overwhelming hit ‘Fanaa’; he further proved his credibility as a honed director and carved a niche for himself. But what is disappointing is the fact that in case of ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, neither his midas touch nor the polished star cast is able to save the film’s fate.
The entire two-hour-long kahaani spans three different eras: 1910 in Lahore, 1960 in Mumbai and 2012 in England. Each story differs from another and narrates the love tale of a couple who bump into each other by sheer destiny, fall in love, face a ‘minor’ hurdle that brings them on a verge of separation but they overcome it and re-unite for good each time. Sounds predictable right?
There is no doubt in the fact that the movie falls flat for its weak plot and storyline which offers nothing new to the audience which they would take home and cherish for days. There is no sense of chronology as the narrative begins with 1960, moves to 2012 and then, bizarrely, comes back to 1910.
Actor Shahid Kapoor fares well both as Javed Quadri, a good-for-nothing lad of the pre-Independence India who sleeps around with every girl he sets his eyes on and as a struggling musician Govind who falls for a known Bollywood actress (played by Priyanka Chopra) of the 1960s.
Coming over to Priyanka Chopra; what is disheartening is the fact that the three characters she plays in this flick fail to do any justice to her caliber. Post ‘Saath Khoon Maaf’ and ‘Fashion’, this movie is certainly not going to add any weightage to her acting career.
The foot tapping songs such as “Mukhtasar”, “Uff” and “Humse Pyaar Karle Tu” are well-written, melodiously sung and deftly choreographed. All in all, ‘Teri Meri kahaani’ is not Kunal Kohli’s best work but still is a light watch sans any vulgarity.
Rating: Two Cheers for this one!