Film Review: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

By Sayantan Dalal

Film: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

Rating: **1/2

Director: Punit Malhotra

Starring: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan

What it is about:

Gori Tere Pyar Mein is the story of a guy (Imran Khan), who lets go of this girl (Kareena Kapoor), only to realise later that she is the ONE for him. And there he goes running, building bridges to get her back in his life; and some other silly rom-com stuff!

What's good:

Taking no chances, Gori Tere Pyar Mein (GTPM) finds director Punit Malhotra returning to familiar boy-meets-girl material and delivers a feel good movie. The first half keeps you interested with its here and there funny moments, despite its predictable story.

Kareena plays the role of a social activist and even though in the second half she ends up as a village belle, she looks gorgeous as always.

Interestingly, Anupam Kher, who plays the slimy antagonist in the film,  successfully manages to light up the screen. He delivers once again effortlessly, a small role with conviction.

Lastly, the Tooh song perfectly fits in with a big fat Punjabi wedding in the film!

What's not:

GTPM is a romantic comedy -- which fades in quality and relevance. The modern realities of relationships and the myth of couples living 'happily ever after,' shown in the flick, expose the shallowness of the genre's cliches.

The rom-com tries hard to make you fall in love with it, but fails to do so. There's nothing terribly wrong with Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, it's just that it rarely rises to its potential thanks to some been there, done that storyline and gags. After all, director Punit is the go-to guy for writing fluff with feeling. Punit keeps GTPM on simmer for around two and a half hours, losing focus and letting its appeal run off as vapour.

Imran Khan disappoints again in his rich brat role. Even though he has played this kind of role before, he offers nothing new. The introductory song too doesn't help his case and sets the stage for a disappointing outing.

Especially when it comes to the second half, the script goes for a toss and the film simply becomes a silly, meaningless comedy. Unnecessary song sequences too don't help with the pace of the narrative, ending up dragging the film.

What to do:

Dragged down by whimsy and sentiment, Gori Tere Pyar Mein feels like it weighs a ton. You won't beat yourself up if you miss this one.

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