Director Punit Malhotra and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions reunite after I Hate Luv Storys with the romantic comedy Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (GTPM). Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor star as the snooty and shallow Sriraam and the purposeful Dia respectively. Sriram is a selfish, urban youth with no time for relationships of any kind, while Dia is a woman on a mission to improve the lot of society. Anyway, as is the case with most love stories, the party boy and the miss goodie two shoes social worker have a clash of ideologies and part ways. Exit a good love story, only to resurrect it when the boy goes chasing after the girl. In this film, it happens to be a village where the whole and sole mission is for the hero to build a 90 feet bridge before he can throw his gori chori over his shoulder and take her away from the gobar and gareebi as he so charmingly puts it. And somehow, Imran carrying a heavy bag over his shoulder reminds one of ShahRukh Khan. But can he be just as charming when he has to woo the heroine away from the village where she’s staying?
While the first half is fun and enjoyable to an extent, the narrative takes a meandering pace in the latter half, making it quite unbearable! The movie is neither here nor there. The first portion seems to be made to cater to the classes and the second to the masses. Unfortunately, it ends up being a mess and unpalatable to both. Bits of GTPM are entertaining but most of it is, for lack of a better word, just too blah. At most points the comedy seems forced.
After seeing Kareena and Imran together in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, one expected a fab entertainer with some amazing chemistry between the lead pair but that is sadly lacking in Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Though Imran tries to fit the bill and does his bit earnestly, physically he just doesn’t quite fit the mould as a South Indian boy. We are not being racist here but since the rest of his family is shown as being typically South Indian looking with very dark skin and curly hair, Imran stands out like a sore thumb with his typical fair skinned and light eyed look!! Having said that, he gets the deadpan comic expressions right. Unlike her earlier fiery performances in Jab We Met and even Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Kareena is just average in GTPM. Shraddha Kapoor was pretty ok. Anupam Kher, Nizhalgal Ravi, Kalyani Natrajan, Sujata Kumar and the rest of the cast do well.
On the whole, the direction lacks direction. The story by Punit Malhotra and Arshad Syed is quite weak and the music considering it’s been given by Vishal and Shekhar is disappointing and falls flat on it’s face.
The 2 star, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, on the whole is disappointing. If you must go to the theatres this weekend take in the other release Singh Saab The Great which is much more entertaining or even last week’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela.