Reviewing the Reviews: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein leaves most critics yawning

25 Nov,2013

By Deepa Gahlot


Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

Director: Punit Malhotra

Starring: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Anupam Kher etc


Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, a typical romcom from the Dharma Productions banner, directed by Punit Malhotra,  left most critics yawning with boredom. Superficiality was the biggest flaw, as ratings went from 1/2 (half) in Indian Express to the expectedly generous 3.5 in the Times of India. Other went by 2 or 3.


The film about two opposites falling in love is marred by the non-linear storytelling, stereotyped characters and total ignorance of ground realities in India, plus the dumbest lead characters ever– attractive looking but not too likable. He is self-absorbed, she has an NGO heart that bleeds all over the place. But in Bollywood, the twain can and often does meet, and that’s no spoiler.


Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express grumbled, “Let’s just say you should be grateful Karan Johar doesn’t see an India beyond the metros more often. For when a Johar production heads to a village, as Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! does, it is the sort of village where people dressed in tie-and-dyes hang around in the fringes to fawn over the city slicks who will deliver them from a Collector.  Yes, in this fake Gujarat village with its charmingly innocent and clueless people, the Collector is an offshoot of the Bollywood moneylenders of yore, with nary a concession for the fact that he is after all a government official, bound by some rules if not many. Here he operates from presumably his home, with lackeys doing padicures and messaging him as he slaps people around.”


Nandini Ramnath Live Mint sneered, “Malhotra’s desire to engage with the issues that matter seems to be a response to criticism that Bollywood needs to move out of la-la land and in the direction of realistic cinema, but Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! is proof that this journey is not for everybody.”


Vinayak Chakravorty of India Today commented, “Director Punit Malhotra and his co-writer Arshad Syed operate with minimum script that barely holds any surprise. The idea would still click if there were the magic moments to trigger off chemistry between the lead pair. You hardly spot any. For a rom-com, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! runs low on the ‘rom’ quotient, still lower on the ‘com’ factor.”


Paloma Sharma of ranted, “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is two hours and 28 minutes long and follows a non-linear narrative. This was absolutely unneeded. Despite all the flashbacks, the story was predictable and the first half could have been cut down significantly. This film is a case of shoddy editing, writing and direction. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein‘s saving grace is that it is a love story and the second half will manage to melt your heart, if only slightly. It’s the classic opposites attract story and hey, if you’re into that kind of thing, this might be your kind of film.”


Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN seemed to hate the film too. “Opposites attract, but it’s hard to figure out what draws this pair to each other. Then snotty Sriram’s love is tested when he follows Diya to a remote village in Gujarat, and volunteers to build a bridge that will help the lives of the locals.You expect rom-coms to be frothy, escapist fluff, but Gori Teri Pyaar Mein specializes in a brand of emptiness that struggles to hold your attention. In one scene, Diya tells Sriram, “Don’t be so shallow” and that sentiment sums up this film in a nutshell.”


Sarita Tanwar of DNA was much kinder,”Gori Tere Pyaar Mein belongs to the rom-com genre, so really you know the kind of film you have come to watch. You know the path it will follow. Girl meets boy, love happens, they separate and they come back together. But other than that, it is different. For starters this one isn’t set in a college nor is it an office romance. Neither the characters nor the situations are the usual cliches. A romantic film is nothing without moments and this one has really sweet ones.”


Shubha Shetty Saha of Mid-day didn’t seem to have problems with it either and saw merits that passed everyone else by. “First of all, the intention of the film seems right. The story refreshingly and subtly talks about how consumerism is eating away our souls and how each of are becoming more and more self-centred. How take is more acceptable than give in this fast-paced world where each lives for his or her own. In a rather casual manner, befitting a romantic comedy, the film touches upon certain sensitive issues and taboos. For starters, the girl being many years senior to the boy she is in love with is casually mentioned in the passing and not made a big deal out of. That speaks of the maturity of the thought behind this film.”


What can you say about Madhureeta Mukherjee’s rave, except that the TOI seldom goes under 3 stars. “ Punit’s ‘GTPM’, is a sweet, breezy romcom with likeable characters presented in glossy, lavish, true Karan Johar (producer) style. In the second half, the ‘the bridge over troubled waters’ project is a bit stretched, and you wish thegaonwallahs would leave the pair to romance instead. Music (Vishal-Shekhar) is peppy and pleasing. This isn’t the most rousing romance (second-half lacks ‘rom’), but has its feel-good moments. Chew it up with some ‘Chingam’ and a cute date.”


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