Saturday, June 23, 2012

Teri Meri Kahani 

Romance X 3

Kunal Kohli takes the idea of three romantic interludes in one from the Korean film Three Times, but comes up with his own stories, set in three different time frames, and played by the same two actors, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.  His Teri Meri Kahani (boring title) is a breezy date-flick for teens, with humour, a total lack of depth, and careful avoidance of emotional upsets, which would perhaps suit attention-challenged teens.  (Incidentally, the recent Dangerous Ishq also had this three-storystructure, use in thriller mode.)

Of the three unconnected stories, the one set in 1960, between an actress Rukhsar and an aspiring musician Govind drips charm. Munish Sappel’s design, recreates Mumbai of that period, with its trams, big cars, and billboards (Phoenix Mills gets a prominent one).  The costumes are cutely retro and there is also a Shammi Kapoor- Asha Parekh inspired dance number. Prachi Desai makes a sweet third ‘angle’ – a girl who says “This is 1960, I can make my own decisions,” as she flirts with Govind.

The contemporary Facebook and Twitter studded romance between Krish and Radha, with Meera (NehaSharma) as the jealous ex has the glamour of modern costumes and Stratford-uponAvon setting (talk of pretentious), but the instant love, instant break-up and patch up is not much fun. And what’s with the old-Bollywood style names.  

The story set in1910, has a Casanova poet Javed, fall from a freedom fighter’s smart daughter Aradhana, and packs in too many songs before it gets its unlikely (for that period) ending.

Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra suit all the parts, they can carry off all the different ‘looks’ with ease, and their chemistry is sizzling.  However, it is a typical bubblegum film, you enjoy the synthetic flavor while it lasts, but it doesn’t stay in the mind like the memory of a gourmet meal.


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