Film: Gori Tere Pyaar me

Director:  Punit Malhotra

Cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shraddha Kapoor

It is produced by Karan Johar and directed by Punit Malhotra. Johar earlier teamed up with Punit in 'I Hate Luv Storys', which was a success at the box-office.

Story line: ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ is a crazy love story of Sriram (Imran Khan) and Diya(Kareena Kapoor). Born in Bangalore, Sriram Venkat is a laid-back, young architect who doesn’t value relationships. While Sriram is careless about everything in world, his girlfriend Diya Sharma, a social activist, wants to change the world. Though, they start a casual relationship, with time they get emotional. But finally complex circumstances, different ideologies and mindsets drive them apart. However, Sriram realizes that his love for Diya is something more than carnal lust and he can’t live without her. But Diya has moved on and get settled in an interior village Jhumli, Gujarat.

When Sriram lands up to Jhumli and tries to woo her back, Diya strongly refuses him. But this time Sriram can go to any extent to get his love back. Sriram tries to impress Diya by helping the people of Jhumli. But Sriram is not accustomed to the thought of helping others. He puts his efforts to make Diya believe that he is changed and now he is like any other villagers of Jhumli.

Will Sriram be able to win back his love? Will he be able to bring about the change in Jhumli???

Movie Review: In Punit Malhotra’s “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein”, a woman with no medical training deems it fit to deliver a baby; an architect who hasn’t worked for years thinks he’s capable of building a bridge (who needs engineers?); and rich, privileged people feel better about themselves when they throw money at poor children.

Director Malhotra’s attempt at making a “feel-good” romance has characters that are as hollow and fake as the film’s screenplay. The heroine, an NGO worker, espouses causes from AIDS to land-grabbing to making documentaries about sex workers, but feels no remorse when she cheats her way out of a traffic jam to get to a wedding on time.

There are stereotypes aplenty. The people of Tamil Nadu state only eat idlis and vadas; the Gujaratis only eat dhokla for dinner; and they all speak with pronounced accents. Diya (Kareena Kapoor) is the do-gooder heroine, flitting from one cause to the other. Sriram (Imran Khan) is an aimless and self-centred young man, who lives off his parents, and does not understand Diya’s need to play the Good Samaritan.

The first half of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” is in flashback mode, with Sriram narrating his story to fiancé Vasudha (Shraddha Kapoor). Vasudha helps Sriram realize that he still loves Diya. The hero has an epiphany and runs away from his own wedding ceremony to look for Diya.

However, the film’s heroine now lives in a remote village, and refuses to leave unless local authorities build a bridge, one that will enable villagers to commute more easily, and will magically solve all their problems.

The film-maker’s handling of the film, the way his characters deal with situations and some of the dialogue, feel like a farce. Diya’s character seems to have no idea about what it is like to be poor and destitute and Malhotra’s world view seems to be limited to that of someone who views the world from his smartphone or tablet.

The performances just add to the mediocrity. Imran Khan is embarrassing on screen — there are no scenes where he redeems himself — arching his eyebrows each time he is expected to emote.

Kareena Kapoor, who doesn’t have a hair out of place in spite of the fact that she’s in a village with no basic amenities, comes up with a performance that goes with the shallow tone of the film.

Like his characters, who live their lives with no realization of how the real world functions, Malhotra shows no wisdom or depth in “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein”. Avoid at all costs.

Music Review: Dharma Productions and Vishal-Shekhar have delivered hit soundtracks together in films like Dostana, I Hate Luv Storys and Student of the Year. So, the songs of ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ can be a disappointment from the duo, especially as a score for a Karan Johar film. While the makers of this rom-com may have been aiming for a party album with three projected hit tracks, 'Tooh', 'Dhat teri Ki' and 'Chingam Chabake', the package is unlikely to catch on with the trend set by the awesome numbers of movies like Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Their remix versions are too noisier than even the respective songs.

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