Love Te Vyah Ho Gaya: In Reel and Real Life
Director: Mandeep Kumar
Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Om Puri, Tinu Anand, Smita Jaykar, Veena Malik.
Synopsis: Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is an upcoming Bollywood love-triangle film directed by debutant Mandeep Kumar, and starring Genelia, Ritesh Deshmukh and Om Puri in the lead roles. Smita Jaykar and Tinnu Anand appear in supporting roles. It is produced under Tips Music Films, while the music is composed by Jigar Sachin.
Review: Love happens when you least expect it… whoever said that must have freshly experienced the feeling of true love. Likewise, the chemistry of an on screen couple speaks volumes about their personal relationship as well with each other. The latest couple to get hitched is Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza. A very cute and vibrant couple, the best is that they have come a long way together, having first met while filming for their debut film, “Tujhe Meri Kasam” in 2003. Post which Genelia was rarely seen in hindi films except for a small role in Inder Kumar’s Masti and then in the mega blockbuster, "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa" opposite Bollywood’s chocolate boy, Imran Khan, which officially gave way to her Bollywood career kick-starting once again as the officially bubbly girl. Riteish Deshmukh has evolved a lot as an actor mostly tickling the audience’s funny bone through his roles like the ones in “Bluffmaster”, “Heyy Babyy”, “Housefull” and others.
“Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya” is a very feel-good film, mostly because of the couple, their chemistry and the ‘already told and retold’ yet sweet-cute love story. While there may be a slight language barrier for those in the non-Northern belt of India, the film will still draw audiences to the theatre to enjoy the movie as a good start to the weekend, also because there is no other Hindi release this weekend except Jodi Breakers which will again appeal to select audiences.
Tinu Anand plays a harrowed father to his rebellious daughter Mini (Genelia) who owns auto rickshaws in Patiala and has employed boys to run them for him. One of the boys is Viren (Riteish) who ends up kidnapping Mini who as fate would have it start falling in love. A couple of songs later, it is revealed how Viren is not a poor boy in real life but comes from an affluent background with Om Puri playing Choudhary, Viren’s father and Smita Jaykar (known for many roles as a mother especially her beautiful avatar in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam") playing his mother. We also see Chitrashi Rawat in a feminine avatar after her role as a star hockey player in "Chak De India!" with Shah Rukh Khan. The only eye sore was Veena Malik in an unnecessary item number wearing the clothes that tell an altogether different story about her especially the “high-voltage” electric bulb costume she wore in her item number in "Gali Gali Chor Hai" very recently. I say again, if she is hell-bent on doing these item number gigs, she really needs to work on those prickly habits.
Coming back to our lead pair, Riteish and Genelia don’t have to work very hard to strike up the chemistry or show their love for each other. It must, perhaps, be the easiest to face the camera with your beau or belle. A recent report spoke about the collections from the re-run sessions of their first film together, "Tujhe Meri Kasam" which manages to get a decent collection at the BO everytime, for all you know TNLHG shall manage to do the same for the film-makers. While the target audience is niche, there will be only a few who will not enjoy this film. Cliched , affirmative! Non-appealing- negative!
The songs namely the “Jeene De” song by Mohit Chauhan and "Pee Paa" sung by Diljit Dosanjh are quite a treat. The essence of good editing seemed a little amiss in the first few scenes but all-in-all a very happy film. Will instantly remind you of a “When Harry Met Sally”, “Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi”, “Jab We Met”, “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” and the others in the same genre. Love stories don’t need a special season for a portrayal.
Mandeep Kumar seems to be on a roll with films like TNLHG and the Punjabi film “Jihne Mera Dil Luteya” which also did very well at the BO. This was surely a “ghazab kahani” and different from the Ranbir – Katrina starrer, “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”. With the comic timing in place with the romance drama, this is a light-hearted variant from the award-winning films like “The Artist” and “My Week With Marilyn”.
Verdict: The couple – Genelia and Riteish should be seen more often on screen – together.