Sunday, June 24, 2012

Teri Meri Kahaani: Movie Review


In case you couldn't tell from the music consistently rocking the top 10 and all my TMK related tweets, I was super excited for this movie. I'm not a Priyanka fan at all, but I think this was Shahid's best look yet. His shayari, as I've mentioned before, is killer as Javed (his 1910 character) even in the trailers. So I saw this movie Friday the 22nd, the day it released, in theaters.
As you probably know by this point, the movie's tagline is "thrice upon a love story" and takes place in 3 separate eras; 1910, 1960, and 2012. The movie starts out in 1960 with Govind, a struggling musician, and Rukhsar, a movie actress. Prachi Desai has a cameo as Rukhsar's childhood friend who also falls for Govind. The story is the simple love triangle you would expect. Both Goving and Rukhsar have shy type of characters, which I found adorable. Unfortunately though, this is about as deep as this story gets. Then we move into 2012 with Krish and Radha. Krish's ex-girlfriend is played by Neha Sharma, and the character is Meera. I thought it was really clever that they had the Krish-Radha-Meera thing going. Anyways, the story here is pretty much the same triangle, but in modern times. Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp play matchmaker as the characters rely on those heavily to communicate with one another. I'm not really a fan of using these tools in movies because they're always exaggerated to the point of stupidity. This movie didn't help that very much. Phrases like "this is so going on Facebook" sound cheesy when used incorrectly, even if that is how people talk in reality. Once we get to the creation of the love triangle here, we move into 1910 with Javed and Aradhana. This was undoubtedly my favorite era. Javed is a complete ladies' man and uses his shayari (poetry) to flirt with girls. Of course when he finally falls in love, the girl he falls for is our heroine Aradhana. There is a twist in the story here that I don't want to give away to those who plan on watching the movie, but it's not very necessary. It just takes up time in the story and ends as you'd expect.

The reason this movie intrigued me, apart from Shahid, was that I wanted to know how the three stories would connect in the end. I figured it wasn't a Karz type reincarnation thing, so I was extremely curious as to what it would be. The answer to that question was not at all satisfying. So much so that I feel the movie did not have anything that the trailer didn't already tell us. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen in the movie, and before I knew it, the movie was over. Prachi and Neha were both wasted in this movie as neither of their characters got significant screen time.

I think my roommate said it best: the make up artists put more work into this movie than the script writers did. The only counter for that I have is that Javed's shayari was amazing. Other than that, the plot and script failed to impress.

Overall, I was disappointed with the movie. Shahid did a great job and Priyanka was not bad. Regardless the story, or kahaani if you will, in Teri Meri Kahaani was lacking. I expected more given the insane promotions for the movie. It's hard to believe that the guy who brought us Fanaa and Hum Tum, both of which have awesome stories, now brought us one without one. Speaking of Hum Tum though, there were some things that came up again. For example, there was a character named Mihir Vohra in both movies (don't ask me why I noticed that, but I did). Also, both movies are about how soulmates can meet anytime anywhere if they're meant to be.


Now the question is, should you watch it? I think despite all the flaws, the movie was fun to watch and actually really cute. If that sounds good to you, go for it! I don't think it's as bad as I may have made it out to be. Plus if you watch it, you get to see the full versions of all the songs, which is definitely worth it. I personally am a fan of both the music and the choreography, so I enjoyed that part a lot.

2 comments:

  1. I haven't seen the film yet, but my expectations were a little low for this film, so the review isn't too surprising. I hope Shahid and PC (especially Shahid)get more success in their future films. Do you think the songs fit in well with the movie?

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    1. Yeah I mean the promos weren't great, and I guess I secretly knew it wasn't going to be that great, but I really wanted it to be good (mainly for Shahid haha). And to answer your question, I feel like all three stories were so rushed that everything happened really quickly and songs were really close to one another, so it could seem like a lot. At the same time though, all the songs fit the story line so they weren't completely random like in movies like Rowdy Rathore, Bodyguard, etc.

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