ReviewWriter: JanakWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Hum Tum”, “Break Ke Baad” & “Love Aaj Kal”
Second time pairing of Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra makes its comeback to the silver screen once again, after their much successful "Kaminey" back in year 2009. Shot almost entirely in Nottingham, England, the film provides three love stories set in different eras which see the two leads meet under different circumstances of love with the same outcomes.
"Teri Meri Kahaani" (translated in English as "Our Story") tells the journey of two people who keep falling in love through different times. The film starts with a love story set in Bombay of 1960s where an aspiring musician Govind (Shahid) falls for an actress Rukhsar (Priyanka). Unknowingly, a village girl Maahi (Prachi Desai) falls for Govind at the same time.
Flash forward to year 2012 set in England, college loverboy Krish (Shahid) instantly falls for Radha (Priyanka) right after being dump by his ex-girlfriend Meera (Neha Sharma). Flash back to the year 1910 in Lahore, India however, a villager Casanova Javed (Shahid) falls in love with Aradhana (Priyanka) who loves her country more than herself. The three stories share one thing in common though, that path of love is never easy. Will true love conquer all in the end? What is the connection between the three love stories? Watch it to find out.
Charming and versatile, Shahid Kapoor breathes life into each character flamboyantly. One may still argue if this is one of his best films to date. Priyanka in contrast does not manage to keep up with the times, thus the chemistry between the two leads is somehow missing. Prachi Desai makes a huge impact even with her small role, while Neha Sharma makes a short appearance, more like a little eye candy for the audience.
Call it funny or coincidence, each story's intro starts with a song. Even before the third story appears, audience would already know there is a song in line. Director (Kunal Kohli) makes an effort to tell each story uniquely, but even though there is no indication of reincarnation, it was never made clear whether the lovers are soul mates or just three stories put together. The slow pace of the film is the biggest drawback, making it feel lengthy. Having said that, the director however, does ensure that the essence of each era is captured beautifully with brilliant sets and effects, making a cinematic treat for the audiences.
Another highlight of the film is definitely its songs. Music and background score by Sajid-Wajid is very melodious as well as pleasant to one's ear. The songs are well choreographed as well. Kudos also to its cinematographer (Sunil Patel), as the fashion and looks of each era is captured nicely, especially the authentic backdrops of 1910 and 1960 eras.
Overall, the film is simple and sweet which is still watchable, especially if you are a Shahid Kapoor follower and a lover of Hindi songs, provided that you don't mind the depth-lacking stories of course.Cinema Online, 25 June 2012