Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Director : Kunal Kohli
Producer : Kunal Kohli, Vicky Bahri and Sunil Lulla
Genre : Romance
Release Date: 22 June, 2012
Distributors : Nadiawala Grandson Entertainment
Music Director : Sajid-Wajid
Lyricist : Prasoon Joshi
Romantic films have always been the central focus of Bollywood industry since the inception of the Indian filmdom. The trend is strong even in today’s time as well due to the fact that the audiences love watching the romantic stuff on celluloid. Whenever a movie is visualized by the filmmaker, the initial concept hits the mind is about making a romantic film. Why? Obviously, because it is a time and tested formula to make a successful movie on. But not every romantic movie runs at the box office – the ones which do well at the ticket window are the ones which carry good content. Kunal Kohli too makes his journey of Teri Meri Kahaani with a subject of romance but the man brings an innovative plot to churn out a different film for the entertainment of the audiences.
Kohli’s Teri Meri Kahaani revolves around three different eras – 1910, 1960 and 2012. No doubt, it is a unique idea ever used in Hindi cinema. It is pleasing for the masses. The movie has been making bigger ripples among the Hindi film lovers and without any single doubt, the movie’s curiosity was high with the moviegoers due to the subject matter only. In addition to the story, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s pairing too developed the liking for the movie.
Kunal Kohli’s film career has been goo so far though two of his directed movies – Mujhse Dosti Karogee and Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic could not make any mark with the cine-lovers. But rest of his films did remarkably well at the box office letting the world know his creativity as a luminous director.
With Teri Meri Kahaani, Kunal once again shows the world his dexterity of being a brilliant storyteller. He brings up the unique story idea to chew up a movie. The film has potential to bind the viewers to the screen till the last frame. The screenplay and direction have power to allure the viewer. Kunal’s Teri Meri Kahaani is a triple-treat tale of romance that knits the three stories spanning over three different eras into one single film.
Teri Meri Kahaani is a saga of the journey of eternal love between a couple who raised claims to be in love with each other not only in this life but in each and every life to come up. The love between the couple is much strapping that the fate is bound to bring them together. In 1910, amidst the freedom movement in Punjab, Javed (Shahid Kapoor), a Muslim boy starts loving crazily to Aaradhana (Priyanka Chopra). In 1960, Govind (Shahid Kapoor), a music composer, loses his heart to the successful actress Rukhsar (Priyanka Chopra). In present time (2012), the love story moves to England where the love takes place between Radha (Priyanka) and Krissh (Shahid). Is it a destiny or what that the couple meets in three different eras to rekindle their love but the couple fails to take their love to conclusiveness? Will the love win over destiny?
The story idea is really catchy and unique – Kunal Kohli deserves brawny marks for it. Screenplay by Robin Bhatt is exceptional though somewhere in between the pace of the movie gets lethargic such as in 2012’s story, the saga begins to be idle for the viewer soon but then gets momentum later.
Kunal Kohli’s direction is first rate. The adroit filmmaker has executed the story brilliantly on celluloid. Sunil Patel’s cinematography is a class to watch it. Editing is awesome. Sajid-Wajid’s music is spongy. The tracks like ‘Allah Jaane’ and ‘Mukhtsar’ are mind boggling and make brilliantly soothing hearing.
Shahid Kapoor delivers the goods with such finesse that the viewers will surely like his acting in this movie. The three characters were performed with luminosity by him. In particular, he looks much handsome in the role of Javed. Shahid may now dream of winning the trophies for his marvelous piece of acting.
Priyanka Chopra is a delicious treat to watch. She too does fine job by enacting the three characters with conviction. Her role of a Punjabi girl will be liked more by the audiences. She is a classy actress of today’s Bollywood time – there is no doubt about it.
Prachi Desai looks stunning in cameo role. Neha Sharma goes well with the role. Surendra Pal is appealing.
Final Verdict by the Critic:
Teri Meri Kahaani is a unique film with superlative script, marvelous direction and brilliant performances by Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. A treat for lovers.
Fans can hardly hold on to their excitement about Shahid and Priyanka working together after they have officially confessed into being in a relationship with each other. The Shahid and Priyanka starrer Kaminey received heavy critical accolades both in and outside the country. So yes, the expectations automatically remain high. Now what we must think about is how these tars fared in the last dozen of months individually. The ads that they have done together have definitely provided for financial gains, but nothing too praiseworthy about their talents. In fact Agneepath and earlier Don 2, none earned Priyanka any commendable praise. Critics have gone to the extent that apart from Sanjay Dutt, none of the Agneepath stars deserves critical accolade. Seeing the present career curve for Priyanka, she does need a good story backed by good direction to bring her back to the haven of acting.
Mausam failed to impress a lot of fans, let alone neutral viewers. Coming from the house of Pankaj Kapoor, who himself is such an eminent theater activist, and has been so for nearly 3 decades now, was expected to carry more motion and a stronger yet well told story scenario. Mausam’s cinematography failed to interest technically aware viewers and Pankaj’s own son, Shahid could not bring out the magic of two dwelling time lines that the story emphasized on. So we see, Shahid too, just like Priyanka is in dire need of getting his career resettled in Bollywood soon.
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