Ok to bluntly put, not much was expected out of Tere Naal love Ho Gaya for various reasons: A - It was Riteish Deshmukh's solo release after real long. B - The last onscreen pairing of Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza was way back in 2003 and didn't quite please the mass. C - The attention of the audience was drawn far too much in their wedding than their film coming close to release and D - It is pitted against Jodi Breakers that already has a bigger buzz around. However, despite all the odds, would the film make it big or not remains to be seen.
Mini (Genelia) is a NRI from Kanneda (Canada). Her father Bhatti (Tinu Anand) wants to get her married to a rich household, while Mini is on a lookout of her Mr. Perfect who doesn't quite love her for her green card and has a head above his shoulder. Viren (Riteish Deshmukh) is a rickshaw driver who saves every bit of his earning to turn into a businessman. Being swindled for all his savings, Viren in inebriated state goes to get even with Bhatti while Mini takes advantage of the moment and gets herself kidnapped by Viren. How the two eventually fall in love on their runaway journey is what follows through the rest of the plot.
Debutant filmmaker Mandeep Kumar appears very clear of what he wants to project. From the small town backdrop, the introduction song of Riteish, the silly punjabiness of the plausible groom of Mini to even the humorous mayhem both Mini and Viren cause during the kidnapping is brilliantly handled by him. There's a certain freshness in Mandeep's filmmaking style and he engulfs you into the world of Mini and Viren.
The first half is extremely breezy and humorous where you don't even realize how the time flies. The situations in it may not be too innovative but the way they are handled is what does the trick. The second half does dip in its graph with the entry of Om Puri as Riteish's father in the film and the melodramatic twist takes towards the end which borders on predictability and boredom.
The biggest ace up the filmmaker's sleeve is the casting. Both Riteish and Genelia come as a surprise package and do an exceptionally brilliant job. While Riteish is just perfect as the subdued, dutiful and righteous fellow, Genelia is chirpy and bubbly at best. The two make a sugary cute romantic pair onscreen and there's just the adequate amount of mush involved to keep the goings on exciting.
Om Puri as the Haryanvi kidnapper and his entire clan including the likes of Chitrashi Rawat, Smita Jaykar and even Naveen Prabhakar is commendably utilized to the optimum.
Music by Sachin and Jigar also weaves some beautiful mushy moments onscreen. A special mention to the number Piya O Piya which not only is pleasant to the ears but has been beautifully shot. Cinematography is praiseworthy as the small town setting is meticulously maintained throughout the film.
Over all, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is a refreshing rom-com. Deserves a definite watch.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(3 / 5) : Good