Teri Meri Kahaani (2012) WBRi Hindi Movie Review: Priyanka Chopra - Shahid Kapoor Create Bollywood Magic

Bollywood Actors Shahid Kapoor Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor in Bangalore

Kolkata, India, June 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Ever looked forward to going to the multiplexes and halls simply to spend double the amount which you have spent for the actual movie ticket? It might often happen that the heaps of popcorn, snacks and drinks will occupy you far more than the movie itself.

Kunal Kohli’s movie will surely boost the profits of the beverage and the snacks departments outside the halls. Love stories have always fascinated the movie lovers. Most of the revenues of the Bollywood Industry come from the success of the romantic stories, be it Dilwale Dulhania Lay Jayege (1995), where the two lover’s path is impeded by the social customs, parents’ disapproval and disparate social milieu, or the recently released Parineeti Chopra film Ishaqzaade (2012), which narrates the story of two people from different religious background falling for each other and hence incurring the wrath of their fellow relatives and families, against the complex, licentious political background.

Trailer: Teri Meri Kahani

Director Kunal Kohli tries to traverse three time frames and incorporate all the subtle changes and multifaceted intricacies which shape the human society and to some extent our perceptions and knowledge of love. He also looks to emphasize that love is the purest and the most benign form of human expression, if experienced at its true depth.

The movie opens up with two in the retro style 60’s Bombay where a forlorn actress played by Priyanka Chopra as Ruksar meets the aspiring guitarist and musician Govind, played by Shahid Kapoor, strikes up a conversation, and they start to harbor feelings for each other. A lady who has already savored success and an aspiring musician who has unlimited dreams of achieving a name in the Hindi movie industry are drawn to each other even if they have disparate social status.

But obstructions will be lurking in all love stories and here it comes in the form of Govind’s neighbor played by Prachi Desai, who yearns to spend her life with him.

The movie then takes us to 2012, where technology and gadgets have given a whole new meaning to love, which, however, still remains unadulterated in its truest sense. The movie retraces its step backwards to the era of pre independence in 1910 in Lahore where a feisty freedom fighter Aradhana, played by Priyanka Chopra (again!), is confronted by the local Casanova, played by Shahid Kapoor, who sports an apparel which is highly indicative of the bucolic life and the norms and social mores which pervaded at that time.

Kunal Kholi tries to mesh the three stories but somewhere it leaves you asking for more explanation with its winding and tardy screenplay. The way in which the stories unfold often fail to touch the inner strings of viewers’ hearts and mostly remain on the surface. The acting is not too commendable where Priyanka Chopra in some parts appeared to be exaggerating and gives the feeling that that her costumes and hairstyling has taken precedence over her acting. Shahid Kapoor, as always, tries his best but precious little can be expected from such a loosely knitted script. The character Javed features Shahid Kapoor in 1910 spurting out baseless ‘shayari’ every now and then might leave you exasperated.

The other characters get little significance and are mostly relegated to the backdrop. On the whole the movie fails to pique the interest of the audiences and sustain it till the end.