You have seen it in Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004) and Imran Khan’s flick, Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola (2013), and of course at least a dozen low-mid budget movies; the backdrop of a 21st century Indian village, partly modern and some 18th century issues or ruthless villains.
As people have seen in trailers, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is a story that is based around a remote village which our pretty social worker goes to. And like we would have predicted, the hero, born with a silver spoon does ‘Prem’ (Salman Khan) of Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) to win his love.
Surprise, Surprise! But there is more to this quintessential plot. Those (including me) who would have thought that this (same production house and lead pair) would be a second installment to 2012’s Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (where both two people from backgrounds poles apart; the girl is older than the boy fall in love with each other and how they cope with their differences) are proved completely wrong.
The director and writers have put a lot of effort this time to come up with an intriguing plot that is urban, humorous, rural and social!
|GORI TERE PYAAR MEIN|
|Somewhat less clichéd than one would have thought it would be, nothing that you haven’t seen before but still gripping enough.|
|The film belongs to Sheena Shahabadi who gives a good performance along with the other cast of the film.|
|Following his earlier hit I Hate Luv Storys, Puneet delivers a decent romcom once again.|
|First half has been produced with a well-kept thin line between the lead characters’ affluent backgrounds and the charity side, second half is a bit like Lagaan and Swades.|
|Barring the chart topping ‘Tooh’ song, all other songs just fill in the situations and are hardly noticeable, the talented music duo deliver an average album this time.|
|A decent feel good film perfect for a happy outing or weekend, good comedy and interesting plot in first part and a mix of drama and romance post interval. Review Scores by Saurin Shah.|
Karan and his team of directors are known for showing super affluent Punjabi or lately posh Gujarati families, this time go down the deccan and present Sriram (Imran) a playboy from a very traditional Tamil Brahmin family and is so rightly called by his father (remember the heroine’s tough father in Ekk Deewana Tha, 2012) as Kala Dhabba (a black mark – shame).
Sriram’s family finds the universal solution to get him on right track – marriage. In the alliance process, Sriram meets very beautiful Vasudha (Shraddha) who is in love with another guy.
What happens when Sriram adamantly agrees for the marriage much to agony of Vasu (and her lover of course) and gets into a candid conversation about his long lost love which is what the story is about.
You will see glimpses of ‘Jay’ from I Hate Luv Storys (2010) in Sriram when the movie starts but as the story progresses, fortunately there are lot of shades and Imran is in full control.
He is effortless in playing the self-centred and overly practical Sriram while he looks equally convincing as a reformed village-hero in the second half.
Kareena plays a social activist and performs well but routine. Shraddha Kapoor’s seemingly one scene comedy cameo extends to almost the whole first half and the Aashiqui 2 (2013) girl looks charming and impressive.
Anupam Kher delivers a top-notch performance while the whole supporting cast do their part well.
Like his earlier I Hate Luv Storys, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is also a masala film and Puneet has added all ingredients of a good weekend movie including party songs, romance, comedy, drama and a happy ending.
He handles the script adequately, keeps it smooth, fluid and free from boredom or forced patches of laughter or thrill, for which credit has to be given for editing as well.
One of the industry’s most popular music duo, Vishal-Shekhar have composed a below average album this time as no song other than the eyebrow-raising ‘Tooh’ is set to rule charts and parties this year.
‘Chingam Chabake’ is less fun than it should have been, hearing ‘Dil Duffer’ makes you think of previous soft and romantic songs of Vishal-Shekhar’s earlier work.
So in short you will enjoy Gori Tere Pyaar Mein provided you go to the cinema not expecting much but a simple story with fun moments.
Go and watch the movie for Imran’s spontaneous and wicked portrayal of Sriram (watch out for his nickname in the movie) and Kareena’s glamour-less simplistic beauty in her NGO worker/Behenji Brigade avatar.