First Look: Gori Tere Pyar Mein

As promised, Dharma Productions released their first teaser for their newest rom-com featuring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor-Khan on Tues. Gore Teri Pyar Mein, translated Oh Fair Skinned Girl, In Your Love, is a story of two young people that meet, enter a relationship quickly, then break up and move on, with a little bit of social commentary. Of course, that’s not the whole of the story, but we’ll have to watch to see what else unfolds.

Below, I’ve added the character descriptions and the director’s note. You can find both in their entirety on the DP website but it won’t hurt to get a bit more background, for those of you that veer toward the less conventional rom-com model.

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After viewing the preview, I’m not quite sure how to go into this film, except with primed caution. Not because the film hints toward being a “bad” watch but perhaps, an uncomfortable one.  For, sometimes, rom-coms don’t end with the happy couple kissing on a mountain or a wedding, like we’re trained to believe  due to our worlds being laced with remakes and adaptions of  William Shakespeare comedies and saccharine induced Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And though that rarely bothers me, at times it certainly grates and dissatisfies. For I’ve found that in some of those cases, the problem isn’t just my person baggage but the faltering desire to be “real,” “raw,” and “refreshing” that undercuts the purpose and integrity of the characters and in turn, bamboozles the audience through false advertisement. A rom-com doesn’t have to be chock full of romance or comedy, the characters don’t have to fall in love and they don’t have to kiss, get married or end up together in the end, however, there needs to be something that makes the story/narrative romantic or depicts an aspect of love and garner some giggles.

I think that GTPM is reaching for that middle point. That place where the characters that need to grow, do and the ones that desire love, get it or at least know what it is when they see it, all the while being light and unobtrusive. This is what this film’s director was able to produce with his début film I Hate Luv Storys. That film wasn’t the best (too long, acting meh), but I enjoyed it’s main characters and sentiment on love and the like, along with the pictorial dialogue of it’s title. It could be seen as traditional but the tropes in that film are used well to express the idea that though all love stories come across as cheesy, stock, capitalistic propaganda, the reality isn’t much different, while you’re in the throes of it all. I see GTPM being a great compliment to that follow through, however, I won’t pretend not to be concerned that our leads will walk in different directions when the curtains close. And this, for me, is the conundrum, for it could be a deliciously heartwarming resolution or a colossal  let down.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE:

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PUNIT MALHOTRA

Life is full of choices – good ones and bad ones. But what do you do when you’re made to realize that a bad decision you made was the best one of your life? How much are you willing to sacrifice? How far will you go to make things right? On the outset of love, two people find their choices swayed behind rose-tinted spectacles. They only think about each other and the universe seems to positively reciprocate every action they make. But as time goes by, love sharply turns into responsibility, expecting each individual to mature with it. And at this stage, if the two find themselves on different pages of the book, clashes are inevitable. And one is never too sure what has slipped out of grasp, until all ties are severed. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is a celebration of love. Amidst song and dance, the movie brings to life the story of a charismatic, care-free young man, who has never seen any adversity through his life, set out to re-claim his love. But the journey to persuade her takes him to places he would otherwise never had heard of – his sentiments as uneven as the road he takes…Sometimes you find that the happiness of those around you tends to produce the widest smile on your face. It doesn’t matter if you take time to realize what you have been missing out on. It doesn’t matter if you need help to understand yourself. Whether it’s in a skyscraper of Bangalore or a hut in a remote village of Gujarat, the language of love is universal. If one believes in love, no hurdle seems unconquerable to accomplish what you’re set out for.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

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SRIAM

A city boy, Sriram is a laid-back, young architect, but is best at spending daddy’s money playing around. Therefore, his carefree attitude and fun-loving ways, constantly gets in trouble, whether with his parents (he’s an embarrassment) or his girlfriend (he unwittingly betrays her).  But when he realizes that that betrayal really is the end for the two of them, Sriram surprises everyone and mostly himself by packing up and journeying to a small village to win her back. Unfortunately, he quickly realizes one grand gesture isn’t the same as an inner change and his “mission” may require much more than his hands and feet.

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DIA 

A passionate, strong-willed, dogged young activist from Delhi, Dia, is more concerned about the socially repressed than her own well-being. Her principles cause various hurdles and contentions but she never backs down from her ideals or ideologies. This personality trait, of course, becomes the biggest set back in her relationship with Sriram and eventually drives a wedge between them. Thankfully, their separation makes it easier for her to follow her desires to take an active stance and move to live among the people she’s invested in helping. But when Sriam betrays her, and shows up in her village, her instincts kick in and she refuses to forgive him believing her goals and her work is more important than the love she feels for him.

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