Directed by: Punit Malhotra
Starring: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Imran Khan, Shradda Kapoor Anupam Kher
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I try really hard to be impartial when reviewing a film and will always try to point out a film’s merits, no matter how awful it is. Every so often though, a film comes along that really tests one’s faith and patience and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (GTPM) is that film. Whilst there are some good ideas and watchable moments, GTPM as a whole has an irritating smugness that no amount of sequins can hide and based on a true story (unless that is marketing spin), certainly does not endear one to the protagonist in any way.
Worse still is the waste of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s talent – proving that no-one in Hindi cinema seems to know how to harness or showcase her talent, she is given a cardboard cut out character which feels like a workshop for her role in Satyagraha if it had wanted to be a rom com. It is to Kareena’s credit that she manages to make her character likeable (even though she phones it in) and provides some sort of backbone to what is a wishy washy script, especially in the second half where the story literally takes itself off the beaten track wasting the characters and the viewer’s time and resources.
Shradda Kapoor gives a good performance in her cameo and seems the only character whose journey makes sense. Kher is also wasted in a ineffectual role that does nothing for him. However, it is Imran Khan who just does not get the memo being circulated here – HE IS MEANT TO BE THE LEADING MAN. Unable to carry the film on his shoulders, his character of Sriram is indistinguishable from all the other urban slicker roles he has played (apparently they are all different) and if it was not for his styling and wardrobe, I may very well have walked out, something I have never done on any film to date. It also makes me doubt whether I ever want to see him on screen again.
Malhotra stated GTPM will redefine rom coms and he is not wrong – if anyone has wondered how not to make a romantic comedy, they could do a lot worse than to watch this film. The whole film has an creepy environment of self indulgence that it revels in but no real emotionally rich content. This is a real shame as with vigorous refinement and rewriting, this could have been the game changer that is so desperately wants to be, especially as there are some progressive intentions to be found. Instead, GTPM left me feeling cross and disappointed – not what I’d expected or needed from a Dharma production at all. Avoid.