Punit Malhotra, who had burst onto the Bollywood bandwagon with a surprise hit called I Hate Luv Storys a couple of years back, returns with his second directorial venture called Gori Tere Pyaar Mein and yes, before you ask, the GORI in the title is a reference to Kareena’s complexion. And after watching the film, I have just one question for Punit- Why Imran? Or rather why Imran again? The director who probably decided to try his luck for the second time by casting Imran surely doesnt realise the meaning of the word Miscast. And alas, this film is all set to be a resounding flop, both commercially and critically. In the hands of a better and more charismatic actor, this film could have been a mega success. Alas, that is not going to be the case.
The story is about an aimless guy who prefers to party wee into the night instead of attending his aunt’s funeral. But his life changes when he comes across a wannabe social worker girl who impresses him with a first Tooh. Then begins the clash of ideologies between a yuppie who doesnt care about anyone other than himself and an activist who finds a new issue everyday to fight for. While they break up at the end of the first half, the guy goes looking for her in a godforsaken village where she has been camping for 11 months, doing god knows what. But as soon as the guy reaches the village, she remembers that they have a bridge to build and this makes the guy who had forgotten that he has studied architecture spring into action. The rest of the film is about how he finally manages to build the bridge and in turn bridge the gap which existed between him and the girl. Too smart, are we?
My heart goes out to Kareena Kapoor. She looks luminously beautiful in every frame. But alas, with zilch support from Imran Khan, there is only this much she could do. In fact, even Shraddha Kapoor steals away the couple of scenes where she features with Imran. The rest of the cast is ho hum and the chemistry between Imran and Kareena is as cold as the Shimla winters. Infact, Imran manages to establish more chemistry with Esha Gupta who stars in a song than he does with Kareena in the whole film.
The songs are quite dancy and peppy, but with such a shoddy script, even good music doesn’t really help matters. Mahesh Limaye captures each frame with delicate hands and gives us a visually nice film to look at. But alas, the film suffers from the predicament which plagues most of KJo films. Behind all that gloss and glamour, there is a void where ideally there should have been a script. And for that I blame the director Punit Malhotra, who is one of the writers.
If you must watch this film, then be prepared to come out feeling confused just like I did wondering why do people still cast Imran Khan who has exactly 3 expressions in his repertoire.