Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars)
Star cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Nizhalgal Ravi.
Director: Punit Malhotra
What’s Good: A deliciously appealing story that is both relatable and sparkling for its humor, wit and romantic crises.
What’s Bad: Imran’s three tier insipid expressions and the overdrawn filmy climax.
Loo break: Fewer than usual.
Watch or Not?: It comes as a pleasant surprise when director Punit Malhotra has upped his standard by delivering a cutesy and enjoyable romantic comedy. Aided with the wicked chemistry of Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! conjures up a charmingly enviable romantic comedy which is delightful and breezy without an ounce of melodrama. The subtle cool candour isn’t novel but this run-in-the-mill story is exceptionally endearing.
Sriram (Imran) is a good for nothing, party animal and a perfect bachelor whose family decides to get him married to Vasudha (Shraddha) to settle him down. While Vasudha is already in love with the righteous Kamal, she makes Sriram realize his love for ex- girlfriend Dia (Kareena Kapoor).
Sriram and Dia broke up on ideological differences as he found her hypocritical and she thought he is too self centered. However, once Sriram realizes that he loves her beyond his self centered approach for life, he makes a journey to an obscure village called Jhumli to win back the love of his life. Amidst the love and romance, Sriram discovers the essence of his life.
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Review: Script Analysis
The story itself is exceptionally predictable. But the reason why it struck me so strongly was because of its vibrant energy. There are barely any slack moments in this beaten up and typical story. The most common problem with romantic comedies is the use of similar ingredients, which kills the earnestness of the story. However, the story of GTPM has been framed keeping the casual feel intact but the film doesn’t get flimsy at any point.
The first half deals with Imran realizing his love for Kareena. Most of us have indeed grown up around consumerist ideas and to fathom why someone is willing to adopt an overtly idealistic life is difficult. It takes an America bred Imran a long time to value his relationship and commitment.
The lead characters are appropriate and real. I was particularly impressed with Kareena’s character. Though her modes were overdone in the script but her earnestness is adept at every level. Their break up scene is executed impeccably. To see them translate into words the impression you have of their characters is fascinating.
Romance in today’s world is no longer limited to battling parental pressures or something as lame as North-South culture divide. The issue of idealistic differences matter so much in a relationship these days. And to reflect that in a film with such skill is indeed a rarity in popular cinema.
The dialogues, the conversations effectively reflect the steam that Malhotra wanted to convey to his audiences. I have my reservations about the film’s climax. It is too syrupy and filmy for my taste. But this story will do for me.
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Review: Star Performances
Imran Khan gives his usual eyebrow dancing performance. His rendering of the role is bland but his character isn’t. He plays Sriram with a distant passiveness and since the guy is an expert at the inability of syncing himself in the character, the role is tailor made for him as much as Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu‘s lead man.
Kareena Kapoor is feisty as Dia. The actress has never been this close to Jab We Met‘s Geet. As a rule, Imran should only work with Kareena. She makes the actor look good, more confident and mostly act. Theirs is indeed an interesting on screen chemistry. Two actors so uncannily varied are so excitingly compatible is what makes for this film’s driving force.
Shraddha Kapoor shows a marked improvement in her role in the cameo. Her conversations with Imran builds the gusto.
Anupam Kher could have been used better but fitted well in his role.
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Punit Malhotra has shown a marked improvement since his last venture. There are innumerable flaws in this film too but at no point can you accuse this one of being shallow. He finally has delivered a coming-of-age story. The best part about Malhotra’s work is he has paid close attention to the nuances of his characters. The screenplay too is wonderfully written maintaining the story’s steam all through. It has the feel of staple romantic comedies and Malhotra fulfills the challenging of dishing up the usual appealingly. The exciting music of the film serves well in keeping the tempo maintained. Luckily the film doesn’t stagnate in its dull moments and that makes it favorable for GTPM.
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Review: The Last Word
Punit Malhotra’s GTPM isn’t flawless but it is immensely watchable. The film’s positives easily topples its negatives which is why I recommend you to watch this. Kareena-Imran are one unconventionally fantastic on screen pair who make sure GTPM is a wonderful experience for you. If you thought Ayan Mukherji was Karan Johar’s true protege, Punit Malhotra has upped his rank by emerging as a competitor. I am going with a 3/5 for this rom-com. This one almost gave me a cinema high!
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Trailer
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! releases on 22nd November, 2013.
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