NOW SHOWING : TERI MERI KAHAANI (Hindi)
Directed by Kunal Kohli
Starring Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, Prachi Desai, Neha Sharma, Humna Ahmed, Waseem Saifi, Raj Singh Arora
Duration 110 minutes
THIS is a love story, full of the joy of loving and pain of separation. But yet Teri Meri Kahaani is different because of its treatment by director Kunal Kohli. Hence its tagline “Thrice upon a love story”. Instead of just one love story, you have three. That, too, during different time zones.
This story has nothing to do with reincarnation, like the recent Karisma Kapoor comeback vehicle Dangerous Ishhq, where she flits through her previous lives to untangle her present love predicament.
Here it is the same protagonists, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, as lovers in 1960, 2012 and 1910, in that order.
In 1960, Priyanka is an actresss and Shahid, a musician. Then, in modern times, they are university students in the United Kingdom, with social networking completing their lives. Then it is back to 1910, during British India, when they are two people in love who are fighting the British colonialists.
Kohli ties all three stories together in the end. The five songs by Sajid-Wajid make watching the film worth the while. The songs are fascinating and carry the story forward with wonderful picturisation and meaningful lyrics.
Even the script is realistic. When the modern lovers finally meet in person they are lost for words — so typical when communicating without their smartphones. The colonial era lovers, on the other hand, break into poems each time they meet.
Much rides on the shoulders of the leading pair and both perform exceedingly well. This Bollywood pair starred together in Kaminey and also played lovers there.
Prachi Desai and Neha Sharma, who fall for the hero, are also good looking and their screen time has been well exploited.
The director has gained many fans by delivering such unforgettable movies like Fanaa (with Aamir Khan and Kajol in 2006) and Hum Tum (with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in 2004).
The director recreated the charming environment of the 1960s with the help of CGI. Watch how it’s done when the credits roll at the end of the film. What the film lacks is a narrator to bring the three parts together convincingly.
Teri Meri Kahaani is a film to be enjoyed despite its seemingly trivial story. It’s a treat for lovers, old and new.