Starring: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor
Director: Punit Malhotra
What’s the fuss all about?
Sriram Venkat (Imran Khan) doesn’t care about anyone except himself. His family doesn’t like him, he doesn’t have a stable life and above all, he doesn’t give a damn about anything. So when his family attempts to ‘do away with’ him – by marrying him off to Shabbu (Shraddha Kapoor) – he finds what is missing from his life – love! Hence he explores – through carefully crafted flashback sequences – where he went wrong and post interval leaves his home to be with his girl Dia Sharma (Kareena Kapoor Khan), who is a zara hat kay social worker. She doesn’t want to return home with him until the bridge she is fighting for is complete for the gaon walas ((village folk), and it is (conveniently) revealed that the hero is an architect who, after a lot of problems, hardships and zalim samaaj (namely Anupam Kher in his brief-yet-irritating role of a collector), gets the job done!
Appealing story, gripping
If you are a guy, you would relate to the ‘abuse’ Imran Khan’s character gets at the hands of his parents! At the start of the film, they call him a kaala dhabba after he misses a funeral, compare him to his younger brother who has also achieved nothing and believe that their ‘own’ son was replaced by Sriram at birth. If you are a girl, you would find something to connect with the leading ladies – Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shraddha Kapoor – and that’s what makes the screenplay commendable. Asking the boy in front of the whole family whether he likes the girl, the whole family chaperoning the lady on a date and the boyfriend who dons a waiter’s uniform to be close to her love, this film has all the real life instances that have happened to most of us off screen. Add the ‘Sridevi’ touch (that’s what Dia calls Sriram!) and you get an entertaining first half. Had the movie not gone slow after interval, who knows it might have become a high-grosser instead of a family drama that it really turned out to be.
The guy is more gora than
Kareena Kapoor Khan may not win an award for her portrayal of the bindas social worker, but she continues to win the hearts of her fans with her new avatar. She can get the road cleared with the help of a coat, inspire gaon walay log by living amongst them and make her man pet a crab rather than eat it because that’s what she believes in! Not since Jab We Met has she donned such a cool persona, and since the spunk is very much there, she emerges as a winner.
As for Imran Khan, deadpan dialogue delivery is his style and although it may not be what Bollywood actors are famous for, it doesn’t seem all that bad. There is no mention of his character being an architect until the second half but as he gets the job done, no one cares. Romantic-comedies are where he excels and if he continues making films like this, he will reach the top tier in no time.
There is a special appearance by Shraddha Kapoor (who I believe was mistakenly swapped by Shakti Kapoor at the hospital since she doesn’t resemble her father in any way!) as well as Esha Gupta who dazzles the screen with her mere presence, but one thing is certain, the hero is more gora than all the goris and that seems a little odd at times!
Music is the weakest link!
For a romantic comedy from Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, GTPM has an average soundtrack. Except for Dhat Tere Ki and Chingam Chabake, there is no song I would even listen to after coming out of the cinema. Even these two songs are just foot-tapping numbers with little life. Vishal and Shekhar are undoubtedly the best music directors of the current generation but not being able to enjoy a song like “Bin Tere” (I Hate Luv Storys) or Ooh Lala (The Dirty Picture) does disappoint their fans and followers.
Watch it for fun!
GTPM uses cultural references effectively and when you hear about Lagaan, Salman Khan and All is well, you inadvertently smile. The story isn’t new, the execution isn’t award worthy but the way the plot unfolds is. Be it Imran Khan’s adaptation to gharibi from his earlier lifestyle, or Kareena Kapoor Khan’s mention of another gaon in need, everything falls into place by the time the credits start rolling. The film is a good pastime for those in love (especially those who don’t want to watch an A-rated Ram Leela) while for the rest, it’s a paisa vusool venture that leaves you smiling – a difficult thing to do anyhow.
– Omair Alavi
Omair Alavi works for Geo TV
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