Movie: Tere Mere Phere

Director: Deepa Sahi  

Cast: Jagrat Desai, Sasha Goradia, Vinay Pathak, Riya Sen

Rating: Disappointing

Story Line: The film is centered on a pair of newlyweds who find themselves getting on each other's nerves - and ours - as they traverse the gorgeous Himachal landscape in a luxury trailer.

The honeymooners (played by newcomers Jagrat Desai and Sasha Goradia) bicker endlessly through the journey, smashing cutlery when they're exasperated, and throwing mud at each other's faces. Watching their romance turn sour, Vinay Pathak, playing a fellow passenger who's hitched a ride with the couple, gets cold feet about eloping with his own lover, played by Riya Sen.

Besides this storyline, however, everything else falls flat. The first culprits are the lead actors, Jagrat Desai and Sasha Goradia. While Jagrat is plain wooden, Sasha is irritating as well.

Thumbs Up: Vinay Pathak as the love-struck, happy-go-lucky person could have been the saving grace, but too much is dependent on him. Only Vinay Patthak’s comedy punch attracts few fans.

Thumbs Down: The film has no script to speak of, merely a string of arguments and quarrels in place of a story. To add to that, the performances are so embarrassing, it's as if the four principal players were competing in a championship for bad acting.

‘Tere Mere Phere’ offers no great insights into man-woman relationships, and neither are the couple's clashes in any way amusing.

Riya Sen plays a Himalayan rustic beauty, but acts like she has just landed from some foreign shore with an accent that is incomprehensible.

There are certain scenes (very few, I must add) that get you interested in the couple's lives, but after a point you wouldn't care less. Better actors and perhaps a little more experienced director may have worked for this script. Hopefully, next time Deepa Sahi takes a few tips from her husband Ketan Mehta, one of the finest directors in our midst.

A predictable ending and an unwittingly hilarious climax do the rest of the damage.

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