<Review by: Ishita S. Bhojwani>
Directed by Kunal Kohli. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra.
After the success, of foot-tapping tracks such as Mukhtasar, Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff and Humse Pyaar Karle Tu, the audience had great expectations from Teri Meri Kahaani. So did I!
Independently and collectively, the three love stories are set in three different eras: 1960, 2012 and 1910. The story revolves around two people who meet in three different eras, shows how the love connection can happen over a split second of time.
Shahid as Govind, Krrish and Javed; Priyanka as Rukshar, Radha and Aaradhna shine on – these two actors playing three different characters and fulfilled my expectations. Shahid does most of the heavy lifting in this one. Priyanka is acceptable. Prachi Desai is excellent in a cameo. Neha Sharma is okay.
It begins with the 1960′s and every effort has been made to re-create the magic of the era. The beauty of Bollywood can be seen again. For the first time, actual sets were made to show us the locales of the times. Kunal Kohli tries a new style, a chapter wise presentation. Quite an innovative idea!
In the 60s Govind the super shy yet adorable guy falls for Rukshaar a film star. This part has a distinct feel and comes alive with Raj Kapoor’s famous song ‘Yeh hai bombay meri jaan…’ The humour in it all is amazing. Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff, the very first song of the movie already on the lips of millions, was choreographed very well. Shahid flaunts his flawless dancing skills. Priyanka was at her best too; her expressions with that ‘nazakat’ were beautiful.
The story moves to London in the year 2012 where Krrish and Radha meet again. They bump into each other and party at a club. Ahmed Khan choreographed the 2nd song Mukhtasar Mulakat Hai already number one on the charts, and the cinematography is too good. Kunal has showed next-gen love happening over texting, BBM and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Then comes the song That’s All I Really Wanna Do. It has catchy lyrics by Prasoon Joshi, apt for the situation. The innovative merging of Mukhtasar into That’s All I Really Wanna Do, was something special. Wajid-Sajid at their best again!
The story then moves onto 1910 Lahore. Shahid transforms into Javed right before the interval.
Priyanka as Aaradhna plays the typical Punjabi Kudi. Javed the dil feq aashiq with those clip-on studs, will absolutely make you wanna fall for him! Lots of cheesy lines and sher-o-shayari in there, loved it! Allah Jaane, a melodious song in the voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sets the mood. Priyanka tries to be feminine, but she fails. Humse Pyaar Karle Tu, yet another song from the era is shot amazingly with Priyanka in vibrant coloured salwar kameez and Shahid in the typical kurta-pyjama wants you to get up and dance! The pre-independence sets were admirable.
The story heads towards the climax, quite an expected ending. It’s a light-hearted movie. Songs save the day for it. What also makes the film work is the chemistry the two actors’ share. My favourite part was the climax, where the three unfinished love stores merge together so beautifully. And Javed says, “Main Aaradhna se 4 baar shaadi karunga.”
On the whole Teri Meri Kahaani is full of aww moments. Thanks to the story, it’s a perfect date movie for the weekend. Go watch it!