Preview: ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


Bollywood is known for its love stories but the films of today are far from the dancing-around-trees perception that the industry��was once known��for. Stereotypes apart, it may well feel like out-of-the-box cinema has taken over lately and romances are incorporated in stories that could otherwise do without. It has to be said that Bollywood�۪s lure comes with the romance and one should have been able to��breath a huge sigh of relief and gone twinkly-eyed in excitement when the first look and trailer of Kunal Kohli�۪s ��Teri Meri Kahaani�۪ was released.

Kapoor and Chopra as Govind-Rukhsar in 'Teri Meri Kahaani'

The movie, which will see Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra come together again for the second time after the success of 2009�۪s ��Kaminey�۪, is set in three different years; 1910, 1960 and present day. Described as ��thrice upon a love story�۪, the story will see both Kapoor and Chopra render three characters each ��� one in every era. Kapoor will play��Javed (1910), Govind��(1960) and Krrish (2012) whereas Chopra will be seen as Aradhana(1910), Rukhsar (1960) and Radha (2012).��If the first trailer is anything to go by, the characters are sure to be ones that will leave an impression. However, there is nothing to suggest that the movie itself won�۪t be a runaway success as well��apart from perhaps the hype that surrounds it. It has been rumoured that the Kapoor-Chopra chemistry will be quite something else this time round and what with them being rumoured��ex-flames, the film is sure to be a crowd-puller.

[quote]That�۪s why I think we should have a film about love blossoming not just through ages, but through various lives…[end_quote]

Kohli, if his previous offerings are anything to go by, is��perhaps the kind of director-producer that is most associated with love stories with a difference. His films have been known to get positive reviews and are always well-executed in terms of well-etched characters and fresh, picturesque backdrops. With this, his fifth film as a director, he has chosen to do another love story. In his defence, during the film’s first look launch event, Kohli convincingly said, “Love is evergreen. Love is alive through ages. Jabse hum aur tum ho tab se pyar hain uske pehle bhi tha aur baad main bhi rahega. That�۪s why I think we should have a film about love blossoming not just through ages, but through various lives, and that�۪s why I have made this film.”

Kapoor and Chopra as Krrish-Radha in 'Teri Meri Kahaani'

Chopra, during the same event, was heard to say which of her three characters she felt most apprehensive about, “��I think the most challenging part for me was to play Radha of 2012, because her scenes are very conversational, very real, for which your performance needs to be very subtle. You need to understand the nuances of the character.” Chopra also stated that she also enjoyed playing 1910’s Aradhana who is a Punjabi girl with a mischievous streak.

Interestingly, Kapoor has reportedly said his favourite character out of the three he plays is the Muslim avatar that is Javed of 1910. According to the Deccan Chronicle, the actor took much advice and guidance from his mother, Neelima Azim, to perfect certain nuances. Kapoor spent much of his childhood with��the maternal side of his family and thought the only way he could give Javed the essence he required was to get in touch with his roots, “My grandparents and uncles were great poets and masters in literature. And the only one who could help me relive their times was my mother.” The 31-year-old, in a recent interview, also admitted that Javed was most enjoyable to play because his is the character��that is most like him as a person in real life.

Kapoor and Chopra as Javed-Aradhana in 'Teri Meri Kahaani'

Perhaps the one thing that is sure to strike a chord with the audiences about ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ is the poetry element which could just be giving way to��a fresh trend in Bollywood following the popularity of Javed Akhtar’s shayari in last year’s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. Kohli’s ‘Fanaa’ (2006) also saw Aamir Khan being partial to poetry and was hugely successful in giving the film’s soundtrack and dialogues an earthy feel. Javed’s shayari in ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ is maybe the one of the main things that the audiences would have taken away with them after seeing the first trailer of the film and it is sure to have the same if not more of an��effect once it finally releases.

‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, it seems, seeks to portray a series of love stories that travel through the��times, lives and eternities of two peoples’ destinies. Can Javed and Aradhana still be one? Will Govind be able to convince Rukhsar that his feeling are real? And will Krrish and Radha��find��their way out of bewilderment?��Let’s hope that, upon seeing the film��in its entirety, these questions are not only answered but done so in an impressionable fashion… because��audiences definitely need a beautifully romantic love story��sometime soon. Bring on 22nd June!

Watch the newly released song from ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ here: Mukhtasar