Star Cast: Imraan Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Nizhalghai Ravi, Sujata Kumar
Direction Punit Malhotra
Holding the finger of unconventionality is certainly the spice of the season in tinsel town, where Bollywood’s cine wizards prefer to present love stories in their own mannerism with a tag of being unconventional or something out of the box. And over the years the idea have thoroughly been en-cashed too. But there is no denying the fact that there is no such mandate which says that, a spell which has fetched a desirable result in the past will work in the present too.
Ever-since from the era when Kamal Haasan starrer “Ek Duje Ke Liye” made it to big screen, over the years Bollywood has experimented with romance in diverse manners and has dabbled the genre in spectrum of treacle like “north south divide”, paternal rivalry, love triangle and many more. So is the case with recently released “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” which up-till an extent tries to showcase a “North-South Divide” kind of love story with a twist, where two individuals belonging to different ideological poles fall in love with each other. The movie starring Imraan Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Anupam Kher opened with an occupancy of around 8 percent at the multiplexes.
Narration of the of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” takes off from a Gen-X milieu where a family of a typical metro-sexual party animal kind US returned architect, Sriram Venkat (Imraan Khan) decides to get him hooked in order to make him more responsible (as it is widely believed, especially in the Indian set up). And in order to make their wish veritable they find a suitable match for him in Vasudha ( Shraddha Das), but just before the the marriage-dreams began to settle for Sriram, Vasudha tells him that she is in love with another guy.
Post this, Sriram starts narrating his “almost over” love story with Dia (Kareena Kapoor Khan), a firebrand philanthropist and social worker with an ambition of changing the system, and how his affair ended. However while narrating his love story to, Vasudha, Sriram realizes that he has not yet come over, Dia and somewhere down the conscious still loves her so in order to regain his lady love he run away from his wedding ceremony.
But on reaching Dia’s home he finds that after walking out of relationship, she has moved on with her pro-social ideology and is now in a village in Gujrat named Jhumli. Following her lady love and in order to get her back, Sriram too lands in Jhumli, a village having no necessary amenities. So does Sriram succeeds in gaining back his love interest or not to know watch “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein”.
Whenever it comes to penning down a love saga especially the one having its roots in Gen-X milieu, our B-town inhabitants don’t let go any of opportunity of painting it as per their notions. And in such efforts they are often seen dabbling the concept in the treachle of unconventionality. But as they say “novelity doesn’t not pays everytime” so this seems to be the case with the script of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” about which makers may be fostering the notions that this is an unconventional modern days love story, but factually with a high degree of predictability and bland entertainment quotient script of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” ends up being a below average affair with nothing refreshing in the offering.
Major drawback of the script of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” lies in the fact that through out its run-time plot tries to handle too many things. Like in couple of frames the narration tries to make its mark through the concept of true love, whereas the very next moment it attempts be funny and at another moment it starts dealing with one’s rendezvous with one’s inner-self, but amid all these efforts “Gori tere Pyaar Mein” ends up being a potpourri of so many fragrances which completely fail in offering a single satiating flavor.
If we analyse “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” in two halves then, proceedings of first half over-decorated with flashback mode and songs makes you feel monotonous, the second half in 21st century tries to charm you with a love concept which dates back to eighties or probably even beyond that.
So in both the halves, except a few sequences every thing knitted in the story-line of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” looks so shallow that it totally fails in enveloping your psyche. Although while watching or rather tolerating the onscreen proceedings you will often get a fragrance of K.Jo styled romance, but this one is totally lacks the intensity, which we have become habitual of seeing in K.Jo styled sagas.
With excessively high predictability coefficient story-line of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” no where invites you to devote your attention to the onscreen proceedings. And on top of it, the dialogues further catalyze the pace of devastation. Be it dialogues or the story-line, through out the run time of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” you remain under the influence of “Deja Vu” syndrome, where you keep on troubling yourself with a thought that “I have already seen this before”.
Although screenplay of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” is better than its jotted counterpart, but in-spite of that it nowhere leaves you totally engrossed in the onscreen happenings. Where in first half it’s over stretched flashback epidemic which takes its toll, in the second half it’s the over-glorified romance blended with obtruded philanthropy, which totally diminishes the credibility quotient as well as your interest in “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein”. But in-spite of that, keeping in view the “shelling out of your hard earned money” you somehow convince yourself to bear the trouble.
In the absence of a convincing script and steady flowing narration, what to expect out of editing and cinematography. So even on those fronts this dilapidated narration fails miserably with nothing falling at its place.
As far as music of “GTPM” is concerned then certainly decorated with the peppy tunes of, Vishal and Shekhar the album offers a good dose of Gen-Z melodies, but in-spite of that, these frisky melodies thoroughly lacks recall value.
If we talk about performances then all those who will pay a visit to cineplexes to see the awesome onscreen chemistry of Imraan and Kareena, will surely get disappointed. And that’s because after seeing them rock in “Ek Main Aur Ek Tu” the performance of the duo in “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” will certainly look subliminal.
Imraan, from whom expectations of fans would have been high, is quite disappointing this time. Although the man tries his level best to slip under the robe of Venkat Sriram, but in-spite of his hardest efforts he somewhat fails in exhibiting that expressiveness which is required to play this kind of character. But at the same time there is no denying the fact that till the time Imran exhibits the flamboyance of that metro-sexual free spirited lad in the Pre-interval part, he had been fine, whereas in the post interval part he seems to be struggling to get the pitch of his character right.
On the other hand, as far as Kareena’s part is concerned then she performs better than her last few cine stints, but at the same time she too seems to be struggling, whenever it’s about being a pro-social philanthropist, who loves to work for those in need.
Anupam Kher as usual is top rated but due to ill defined character of, Latesh Bhai, even the performance of this ace performer looks somewhere below his actual performance potential. In extended cameo Shraddha is strictly OK, whereas rest of the supporting cast comprising Nizhalghai Ravi, Sujata Kumar, Neetu Kohli et al perform their respective parts quite adroitly.
As far as earning potential of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” is concerned then keeping in view the offering of the movie, it is hard to expect a good earning at BO. So probably it’s the prevailing notions about Imran and Kareena’s onscreen (which took shape after Ek Main Aur Ek Tu) which may manage to pull the movie till the mark of average BO grosser.
To sum up, with a run time of slightly below two and a half hour, “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” is a so called unconventional love story of a sort, which in an effort of trying its hands on everything ultimately ends up doing nothing. So even if you avoid falling in “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein”, you won’t regret the decision.