‘Familiarity breeds contempt’. This phrase immediately comes to the mind, when you are watching Gori Tere Pyar Mein. The characters and the story make you recall some familiar and famous Bollywood flicks constantly.
Gori Tere Pyar Mein is primarily a rom-com. Shriram (Imran Khan) is a carefree, happy-go-lucky playboy who hails from a rich Tamil family living in Bangalore. A diametrically opposite character is Diya (Kareena Kapoor), a social activist. Destiny makes them meet multiple times and they start seeing each other. The moment Shriram expresses that he isn’t serious about the relationship, Diya leaves him, but he follows her to win back her heart. However, their contrasting ideologies lead to a dissension, and Diya goes to a village in Gujarat to live with the poor and solve their problems. The rest of the movie is all about how Shriram wins her heart again, by building a bridge in the village with his Civil Engineering gyaan.
The first half of the movie travels at a brisk pace with some interesting light-hearted moments. The interval part evokes good humor. It’s the second half that damages the movie heavily. It goes at a pace of a tortoise, and also gives you umpteen déjà-vu moments (especially of ‘Swades’). Patience is tested and extremely predictable sequences make the experience even more tiresome. A rotten sandwich cannot be made edible by heating it in a microwave and serving in a fresh box. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’s second half tries to do that with a rotten plot.
Imran Khan can easily create a record for doing the same roles over and over again giving a handful of stock reactions. Kareena Kapoor had nothing new to offer. Shraddha Kapoor appears in a cameo, and appears disinterested in the role.
Vishal-Shekar’s catchy songs are the biggest strength to the movie. They are a relief amidst the clichéd drama going on the screen. Cinematography is neat.
Overall, a movie you can easily avoid watching on the big-screen. You can wait for the TV telecast with pop-corn, but make sure you grab the remote and change the channel as soon as the second half begins.
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Reviewed by Rag Mayur