Gori Tere Pyaar Mein – Movie Review

23 Nov

I try my best to catch a Karan Johar movie on the very first day of its release and this time was no different. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein touted as a rom-com has Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, who pair up together once again after ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tu’.

The story is essentially about Sriram, a Bangalorean Tam-Brahm and Diya, a Punjabi social worker. They first meet at a wedding and sparks fly instantly. However, their worlds are completely different, with Sriram being the spoilt son of a rich dad and Diya too busy, in her own world of protests, NGO’s, charities and the works. Their separation is inevitable until they find themselves together in a village in Gujarat “Chumli” where they learn to embrace their differences and see the world from a different perspective.

The first half of Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is excellent. Imran has perfected his act of the rich, urbane, cool dude and he did just that. Kareena too, displays decent comic timing. The first half also has almost all the good songs of the film and has explored the South Indian way of life pretty well, although a little stereotypical at times. This also sees Shraddha Kapoor looking as dainty as ever in a small role and she does justice to that. The most hilarious part of the movie is the “Kaashi Yaatra” ceremony of a Tamil wedding which had the entire audience in splits. 🙂

But unfortunately, director Punit Malhotra completely loses the plot after the interval and the second half of the movie is a drag. It has neither romance nor comedy and the director just wastes one and half hours on building a bridge in ‘Chumli Gaon’. Anupam Kher, in an insignificant role is completely wasted and even the lead pair fails to show any magic on-screen. The only scene worth watching here is Imran’s visit to Kareena’s Punjabi parents to ask for her hand which is quite funny.

But to be fair, the movie is not all that bad. And if you’re a Bangalorean, you might be thrilled to spot some of your favourite spots of the city shown in their entire splendor. The music too, is quite good with “Dil Duffer” and “Dhat Teri Ki” being my pick. Imran displays a flair for comedy, which unfortunately was not capitalized enough and Kareena has nothing new to offer.

Overall, not a masterpiece of a movie but considering the dearth of simple love stories in Bollywood of late, you can give it a try. I would rate it at 2.5 out of 5. Disappointing considering this comes from the home of Karan Johar, but still watchable!

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