Teri Meri Kahani Review
Indicine | Indicine Team
We had two major issues with Teri Meri Kahaani. One, for such a short film (about 2 hours runtime), there are way too many songs. Two, the way it ended. The climax just didn’t work. Revealing why, would be a storyline spoiler.
Otherwise, Teri Meri Kahaani is a well-narrated breezy love story, with some beautiful moments. Shahid Kapoor delivers one of the best performances of his career. He plays each of his 3 characters well; a special mention for the Shayari moments between Javed and Aaradhana. Priyanka Chopra portrays all her characters with ease and shares lovely chemistry with Shahid. Prachi Desai does well in a cameo.
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh
Independently and collectively, the three love stories divided in three different eras of TERI MERI KAHAANI do accomplish at portraying how our lives are influenced and even revolutionized by the times we live in. However, the film doesn't thrive on all accounts, there are a few dull moments [the present-day story stagnates after a point and the pacing tends to get unhurried, thus making you fidgety and impatient at times], but buried in its experimental storytelling and innate performances is a heartwarming tale that's gratifying and succeeds in planting a smile on your face. Especially the way Kunal concludes the three stories!
Zeenews | Resham Sengar
Actor Shahid Kapoor fares well both as Javed Quadri, a good-for-nothing lad of the pre-Independence India who sleeps around with every girl he sets his eyes on and as a struggling musician Govind who falls for a known Bollywood actress (played by Priyanka Chopra) of the 1960s.
Coming over to Priyanka Chopra; what is disheartening is the fact that the three characters she plays in this flick fails to do any justice to her caliber. Post ‘Saath Khoon Maaf’ and ‘Fashion’, this movie is certainly not going to add any weightage to her acting career.
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, who hog the footage three times over, are perfectly at ease in all the incarnations that they are called upon to flesh out.
The trouble is that the separate time zones, despite the attempts to differentiate the backdrops through the use of altered colour schemes and culture-specific musical sounds, do not quite stand out as distinct milieus. Teri Meri Kahaani is flat and fluffy for the most part, despite cinematographer Sunil Patel’s best efforts.
Koimoi | Priyanka Ketkar
Shahid Kapoor is undoubtedly superb. To pull-off three drastically different characters – one of a well-mannered simpleton (Govind), another of the flirtatious Javed and finally of the modern, practical, typical boy, Krish – is definitely a tough job and Shahid has managed each role with a remarkable finesse. Priyanka Chopra also on the other hand, has three different roles, yet she looks and appears the same in all the three roles.
The beautiful sets, the old-time feel and the beautiful picturisation will make you nostalgic of the old movies. But the first few sets in the 1960s appear unrealistic.
Rediff | Sukanya Verma
Teri Meri Kahaani, with its breezy running time (122 minutes) and frothy leads, continues the tradition in a much better manner than I anticipated. Although it begins with a Khushi (that Fardeen Khan-Kareena Kapoor date flick where she dumps him coz he's ogling at her navel in pre-Rowdy Rathore days with no Akshay Kumar to blame) reminiscent intro - two babies, religiously wrapped in distinguishing blue and pink sheets, make eye contact only to go their separate ways.
Priyanka plays a 22-year-old unmarried girl, uncharacteristically liberated for 1910 if it wasn't for her constant giggling and blushing under the duppatta. Shahid's a loutish casanova sporting Shoaib Akhtar's hairstyle and spewing terrible shayari on his ready-for-consummation airhead ladyloves. Opposites attract in the time of revolution, which resembles a school-play musical what with the dim-witted angrez, an enduring Bollywood caricature and a large-scale jig inside a baloney prison. Too many songs, loud sentimentality and contrived writing relegate this one to a strictly corny status even as the two actors struggle in identifying or emulating the grace or gregariousness of a long-gone period.
DNA India | Blessy Chettiar
From the director of love stories like Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Fanaa, Hum Tum and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, comes another romantic drama starring rumoured off-screen couple Shahid-Priyanka. While their chemistry isn’t exactly crackling, they manage to look convincing enough in three different eras and personalities. There’s only so much they could do as puppets governed by a weak script and unimaginative execution. The humour won’t have you rolling on the floor, but somehow manages to keep you from fidgeting. The viewer feels much like poor Vrajesh Hirjee, who does not have much to do except play spectator staring like an idiot into the screen, trying to feel important in the scheme of things.
ApunKaChoice | Pankit Narang
It’s after a span of about four years that Kunal has directed a film, and this time, he has worn the director’s hat pretty confidently and stylishly! It is difficult for us to choose our favourite era, but if we had to, the 1960s and the 2012 era will give stiff competition to each other!
Speaking of performances, both Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra pull it off brilliantly and share a lovable chemistry on screen! All the three different characters played by both of them are par excellence! Also, both Shahid and Priyanka look amazing in all the three eras!
Teri Meri Kahaani is for all those who are in love! And for those who have not found their perfect match yet, stay positive; because you never know, the next person you ‘bump’ into, might just be your significant other, who is with you from the past life, and will be with you in the future lives as well!
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra on the other hand desperately try to salvage the pointless storyline by giving their earnest attempts at acting. Shahid Kapoor convincingly pulls off his parts very well and acts well too. But all efforts go in vain courtesy the flawed, insipid story.
Sify | Sonia Chopra
You enjoy the way Kohli has modelled each of the characters with love and nuance. You enjoy the detailing of each era whether it’s a flirtatious encounter on a tram, a character living in ‘Britannia Guest House’, a film being shot in ‘Wattson Studios’, or the excellent styling.
The dialogue is effortlessly sparkling - one era discusses the importance of adding a smiley at the end of a text, the other is a rendezvous of poetry exchanges, and yet another is flirtatious and witty.
The performances sparkle with earnestness and zing. Shahid Kapoor is so good in the film, he’s sure to increase his fan-following several fold. He’s excellent in each of the stories, and one can imagine viewers debating on where he was the best. Priyanka Chopra matches step with a superb performance easily slipping in-and-out of the layered characters with dexterity.
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra
Director and co-writer Kunal Kohli attempts here to create an epic romance, a meeting of the souls that transcends time. The concept is similar to Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 2005 film Three Times, but the sensibilities are poles apart. Three Times is a deliberately slow and exquisitely aching ode to love. Teri Meri Kahaani is a banal romance that wants to cover all bases — so in the colonial Indian love story we get a lot of sher-shayari and in contemporary times, Facebook, Twitter and text messages play a key role.
But if we are to stay interested in watching the same two people fall in love for two hours, the writing and performances really have to sparkle. Sadly here, neither does. Shahid stays in 'Dreamboat' mode and pulls off the flamboyant shayari-spouting Javed well. But Priyanka relies solely on externals — costumes, hairstyle and a set of increasingly artificial mannerisms.
India Today | Vinayak Chakravorty
The film then re-invents its lead stars as Radha and Krish in presentday London. Their somewhat impulsive romance is marred by a misunderstanding set off by his ex (Neha Sharma). The third chapter takes us to Punjab of 1910 where Javed pines for Aradhana, but of course the raging freedom struggle backdrop is strong enough to keep the two lovers apart.
The Times Of India | Madhureeta Mukherjee
Kunal Kohli, in an attempt to create a large canvas to paint this love-story - (using centuries, barriers of cultures, castes, customs and costumes) - simply doesn't make the crossover (to the audiences, that is). Even with a powerhouse of talent; the script lacks depth and fails to ignite enough passion or chemistry for a love story. It's not devoid of romance, cutesy conversations and sweet-somethings; but there are no highs, lows, conflicts or complications that make you gush, or give you gooseflesh.
Mid-Day India | Shaheen Parkar
But it isn’t a silent, slapstick movie. Wonders never cease as they go hip in the 2012 setting and traditional in 1910. It is as if a change in hairstyle and costumes with the help of some props is enough. Shahid does his earnest bit to get in and out of the roles while PC does her I-know-it-all act along with her matte make-up that remains constant throughout the centuries.
There is nothing unusual in the story or direction department and the climax which does a yo-yo across time spans is enough to cause travel sickness with dialogues like “women are like alcohol and just one won’t suffice” and that “he can marry four times, no?” The only bright side of the insipid tale is the soothing music of the film.
IBNLive | Rajeev Masand
Borrowing its structure – three separate love stories featuring the same actors – from the celebrated Taiwanese hit Three Times, this harmless but dull film from director Kunal Kohli feels longer than its two hour running time because of the predictable nature of its episodic narrative. Kohli relies on period sets and costumes to differentiate each story, but alas, a bouffant here, a pathani there can’t take away the sense of sameness that plagues each chapter because of its consistently flat writing.
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza
Kunal is desperately trying to find the magic of HUM TUM which catapulted him into the big league. But films that have followed after this 2004 hit have not been upto the mark.
Shahid and Priyanka, though they look cute on screen, have not been able to rekindle the magic of KAMINEY. Poor script or break-up in their relationship? I guess it is the former!
Even though Kunal has managed to showcase a little of Bombay during the 1960s through smart set designs, it is not going to make a difference because, the basic ingredient of a tight script is sorely missing. It's just an ordinary Kahaani, something not expected from Kunal Kohli.
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta
Some amount of hard work has gone into re creating the past, though nothing can hide the fact that these are sets and the characters were wearing costumes. But there is not one jot of freshness in either the idea or the execution. So it makes no difference if it is kal aur aaj because the lead pair can conjure up nothing new : Shahid dimples away madly, and smiles his endearing smile; Priyanka does justice to a Mumtaz-style sari, and sounds right in her Punjabi girl with the jootis and the payals and the parandis, but can't help playing up her bee stung lips in all three avatars. Making it all same, same ji.
Indiaglitz | Joginder Tuteja
Surprisingly though, and contrary to popular belief, that isn't quite the case. In fact this is one story which has its high and lows when compared to the 60s story where the drifting apart of Shahid-Priyanka over a misunderstanding with Prachi Desai is just not convincing. Agreed that this is projected as an era where people were perhaps not as vocal about their emotions.
One can sense that Kunal wanted his two hours to be filled with light hearted moments and though as a film it isn't all packaged in the right format, in bits and pieces they do appeal, especially the Chaplin treatment in the 60s episode. From performance perspective too, Shahid and Priyanka are good but that's about it, something that is least expected from them since they have been around for a decade each.