Monday, April 9, 2012

Movie 01/50 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya  - fiftyfiftyme category: Major

A sweet film, but an airy confection, like candy floss. It's USP is unquestionably the fact that the two leads are a real-life couple, and their glitzy high-profile Bollywood shaadi shortly before the film's release must have helped it at the box office. It needed it.

That's not a criticism, because I enjoyed this film, the same way I enjoy a little candy floss. It was undemanding and unremarkable, pretty by much a by-the-numbers Bollywood romance. Genelia was very good as the spunky, take-charge kidnap "victim", and Om Puri is always good value, even when all he's given to work with is a lightly-drawn stereotype. Riteish normally appears in films that are not  my preferred styles, so this is only the second film of his that I liked, after the excellent F.AL.T.U. If the film is unremarkable, much of that can, I think,  be putdown to his muted presence. I thought he played the hapless stooge fairly well, but it didn't give him much scope  to make an impact against the frenetic energy of Genelia's character. I would like to see him in something else, but that seems unlikely given the sort of films he is in most often.

This is truly a Bollywood film, and one that deserves that uniquely filmi label, timepass. It should leave you with at least a small smile, which can't be a bad thing.

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