Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!

  • Anupama Chopra
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  • Updated: Nov 23, 2013 11:13 IST
  • Imran-Kareena

    Gori Tere Pyaar Mein brings the hit jodi of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu once again once again. Will Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan be ...

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    Imran and Kareena in a still from Gori Tere Pyaar Mein.

  • Shraddha

    Shraddha Kapoor is also playing an important part in the film. She seems to be the third angle to the love triangle.

  • Imran-Kareena

    Imran and Kareena's chemistry in Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is to watch out for.

  • Shraddha Kapoor

    Shraddha Kapoor in a still from Gori Tere Pyar Mein

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    Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is produced by Karan Johar and will release on November 22.

  • Kareena-Imran

    They first paired up in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, and the audiences loved their jodi. Imran, Kareena will once again be seen together in ...

  • Kareena Kapoor

    Kareena Kapoor plays Diya, a firebrand social activist who wants to change the world.

  • Imran Khan

    Imran Khan plays Sriram who believes that charity begins and ends at home.

  • Kareena

    Actress Kareena Kapoor says it was the village set up of Punit Malhotra's Gori Tere Pyaar Mein that made her say yes to the project.

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!
Direction: Punit Malhotra
Actors: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan
Rating: ** 1/2

There are certain things in Hindi cinema that Karan Johar does better than anyone else. Karan and his retinue of directors at Dharma Productions have perfected the designer romantic fantasy in which pretty and affluent people wearing fashionable clothes grapple with matters of the heart in picturesque locations.

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! is fun as long as it sticks to the formula. A Tamilian from Bangalore, Sriram, played by Imran Khan, falls in love with a Delhi Punjaban, Dia, played by Kareena Kapoor Khan.

He is a spoilt, materialistic flirt. She is described as an “NGO type.” He tells her: “Tum mujhe Shabana Azmi ki yaad dilati ho.” Of course, in this universe, social activism means feeding stray dogs and candlelight vigils.

Don’t be so shallow, Dia tells Sriram. If you’re willing to be shallow and overlook Kareena’s kohl-lined eyes and nude lipstick as she rails against the world’s injustices, the film is reasonably entertaining. But in the second half, director Punit Malhotra misguidedly moves into Ashutosh Gowariker mode. The plot shifts to a village where Sriram, who just happens to be an architect, must prove his love for Dia by building a bridge that will enable the villagers to have better lives.

These Gujarat villagers seem to be the colourless cousins of the lusty, murderous folk we saw last week in Goliyon ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela. They exist only to be rescued by Sriram and Dia, who fits in by wearing mirror-work salwar kameezes.

The narrative becomes melodramatic and even more synthetic as Punit tries to inject emotion and a sense of nobility that hasn’t been earned. The best thing about Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! is Imran, who maintains an easy charm, even as he’s adjusting to gobar and garibi and solving the problems of our country, one bridge at a time.

 

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