It’s been almost ten months since my chat with Priyanka Chopra and Kunal Kohli about their then upcoming film Teri Meri Kahaani, and this week I finally gave in and gave it a go.
Beginnings: set in 1960’s
The film begins with Ruksar (Priyanka) and Govind (Shahid), aboard a train to Mumbai. Ruksar, a popular film star, had reserved a train compartment when Govind, a aspiring guitarist slash singer, barges in and wins himself both the heart of a girl and a free ride. Once in Mumbai, trouble starts to heat up between Govind and his new roomate named Mahi (Desai). His flirtatious ways and accidental mishaps lead her on in quite a few different ways. Trouble heats up when Govind, Ruksar, and Mahi get thrown in the mix together.
In the modern section of the film we are introduced to Krish, a modern day college boy who gets dumped on his birthday. by his girlfriend Meera (Sharma). Deha pressed, Krish hits up the town only to be put in jail by a sexy Radha (Priyanka), they hit it off, but trouble ensues later when Meera gets jealous.
Perhaps my favorite part of the film is the 1900s section: Shahid plays a playboy poet named Javed, who easily slinks his way into girls’ hearts and beds. Things change for him when he finds love with Aradhana.
With a common mix up and some shocking conclusions, we have Teri-Meri Kahaani, a complex multistory about two people, spanning three lifetimes.
Our Rating: 6/10
I should first point out that, the songs on Teri Meri Kahaani, are great, and deserve to be checked out.
Teri Meri Kahani Hindi Audio CD (2012/Bollywood/Film/Movie/Cinema)
The film on the other hand, was, well, a bit confusing for me. I’m not shy at all to stories with reincarnation themes, and lost loves being found again in different lives (some great examples of this being Karan-Arjun, Om Shanti Om does this theme pretty well, and of course the classic Karz to name a few). But, I felt that, that whole theme, wasn’t exactly played out to its full potential. The layout of the film, felt like a black and white “talkie” film, or silent picture, from the way the scenes changed abruptly by a blackscreen, a white decorative border and a splotch of text denoting perhaps the name of the song that the film last played, say 10-15 minutes prior.
The romance portion of the film was very light, and frankly, a bit weak. I was expecting a revelation between the timelines that would strengthen the story, but things turned out differently. If you like Shahid and Priyanka together in films, then suggest to check out Teri Meri Kahaani, if anything, give the music video a good spin.