Teri Meri Kahaani could have worked better if all energies were used in making one perfect love story rather than having three faulty ones.
| Mansha Rastogi
It wouldn't be wrong to declare that romantic stories are a thing of the past. Either the audience has grown over it or they just don't make good romantic stories anymore. How else can u describe Teri Meri Kahaani?
Teri Meri Kahaani, a thrice over love story as the tag suggests, spreads across three decades, 1910 in Sargoda Lahore, 1960 in Bombay and 2012 in England. So needless to say you have three Shahid Kapoors and three Priyanka Chopras decking up in three types of get ups, having three different types of chanced meetings, falling in love in three different ways, finding three different types of complications in their love affairs and reuniting in three different ways. Hence, you know when filmmakers say their film is 'different' you know they are right!
Director Kunal Kohli easily can dismiss any similarity but you can't help but recall the idea stemming out of Taiwanese film Three Times. Or how else can you justify Three Times too having three love stories spread across in the years of 1911, 1966 and present?
Anyway, keeping aside the mentions of similarities and differences, TMK doesn't quite work on the emotional level too. For a love story its utmost important to have a soul and it is that which goes missing in the film.
The setting in all three eras appear fake and caricaturish. They go horrendously wrong especially in the times of 1960 which has a very French renaissance film feel to it with a Charlie Chaplin film approach merged with the silent acts as seen in the film Artist. The narration of the story of 1960s also uses slides with texts as cheesy as some of the cheesy elements of the film. Sample this - Slide 1 - Hum Tumse Mile, Slide 2 - Hum Tumse Bhi Phir Mile, Slide 3 - Hum Tumse Phir Mile so on and so forth. Moreover, the entire backdrop in the era is a work of Chroma right from the station to the buildings, the cars, the roads etc, easily giving you a fake feel. The set establishing to bring out the 1910 era is also very unreal and gives you a studio feel. To bring out the youthfulness in the story based in England of the present age, you have excessive usage of twitter and facebook, expensive gadgets, cool clothing etc.
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra on the other hand desperately try to salvage the pointless storyline by giving their earnest attempts at acting. Shahid Kapoor convincingly pulls off his parts very well and acts well too. But all efforts go in vain courtesy the flawed, insipid story.
To sum it up, Teri Meri Kahaani can well be called a Mausam sequel as film has the chances of turning into a debacle as deafening as the previous film itself.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
1.5 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good