The passionate kiss that they share, which leads to a sexual encounter, is also maturely depicted on screen by the director. But it’s the second hour that’s problematic. It becomes yet another version of BOBBY and LOVE STORY, with the kids eloping and the warring parents thirsting for each other’s blood. These portions don’t appeal primarily because too much seems to happen too soon. A roof over the head, a spacious mansion with all amenities and necessities in place, an instant job et al… all this in a matter of a few days in a new township seems so unreal. Thankfully, the film comes on track in the penultimate portions. The moment the girl calls up her father and set things straight – from this point onwards, TEREE SANG is back on its feet. Of course, the courtroom drama could’ve been far more impactful. Despite the blemishes in its writing, there’s no denying that TEREE SANG is easily amongst Satish Kaushik’s most accomplished works. Sachin-Jigar’s music has that freshness that this subject demands and at least two songs deserve a strong mention, especially ‘More Saiyyan’. The camerawork is vibrant at places. Ruslaan underplays his part beautifully. The best part is, it’s not one of those conventional roles that show the hero flexing his muscles or beating up 10 people at the same time. He enacts the boy next door part with complete understanding. Sheena is a surprise. Dew-fresh and adorable, the debutante looks perfect for the part. Her confidence and performance, both are wonderful. Rajat Kapoor is excellent. Neena Gupta is natural. Satish Kaushik delivers a winning performance. The viewers will love him. Sushmita Mukherjee Bundela is first-rate. Anupam Kher, in a brief role, is perfect.
On the whole, TEREE SANG has a new story tell and that is its biggest USP. At the box-office, the film may be a slow starter, but has the merits to pick up with word of mouth if the youth as also the family audiences take to it.