Great performances, good locations and excellent music.
By MovieTalkies, 11 April 2009
When you hear about a Punjabi regional film, you know it's a small budget film, basic story, shot in interiors of some village with moderate production values. 'Tera Mera Ki Rishta' breaks that mould and gives you a feeling of any Bollywood film... Lavishly shot, great locations, good music, well known actors.
'Tera Mera Ki Rishta' as the name suggests is the question asked by the lead protagonist Jimmy Shergill and Kulraj Randhawa when they meet, coming from opposite worlds and ideology and yet get attracted. Jimmy hails from Toronto and is a very adventurous young guy. Father, Anupam Kher, is very proud of his lad and his achievements with his ice hockey and other sports while mother, Archana Puran Singh, who feels very insecure about his son's Punjab trip to attend a marriage accompanies him and warns him about Punjabi Kuddi and advices him to stay away from them. While on the other hand, Kulraj plays Rajjo, a Punjabi girl, brought up by her father Raj Babbar after her mother passes in her childhood. Kulraj holds her family value very high and shares a special bond with her father. She and Jimmy meet at the wedding and start off on a wrong note, later get attracted to each other and eventually fall in love. The film shows how the relationship between the two grows with Archana Puran Singh playing along the way to separate the two by creating misunderstanding between them. Towards the end, Jimmy realizing and goes back to Kulraj, his true calling.
Produced by Anju and Mukesh Sharma, the film is directed by Navnait Singh who has managed to add a lot of freshness to the film. Though on the script front it is rather weak and at times reminds you of the 1995 blockbuster 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge', he has worked on the other departments very well to compliment it. Harmeet Singh ensures that each frame is colourful and ensures a good visual experience on celluloid. The film is backed by excellent music by Jaidev Kumar giving a right blend of compositions. Only for its language, otherwise this film would have looked like any other Bollywood film.
Jimmy Shergill in his usual polish performance plays Meet convincingly though in this film he plays a different character than what he has been seen in his earlier Punjabi film and it pays off well. This is Jimmy's second Punjabi feature film with Kulraj (Mannat being the earlier one) and their pair seems to create some magic onscreen with Jimmy's boyish look complimented aptly by Kulraj's contemporary Punjabi look. The film starts off well but gets a little slow towards the second half. It is Kulraj and Raj Babbar's performance towards the second half that holds the film. A wonderful scene where Kulraj confronts her father, Raj Babbar which so epitomizes her character is worth an applause. Both Anupam Kher and Archana Puran Singh are at their usual best as an optimistic father and a growing insecure mother. A dash of spice is added with Gurpreet Ghuggi with his wedding designer role which will surely be loved by the audiences.
Overall, the film can boast of 3 things. Firstly really well shot with good locations and high production values considering it is a Punjabi regional film. Secondly, the music of the film, especially the song Ronak Shonak where 11 Punjabi singers not only sing but also feature in that song. And thirdly the performance by the female lead protagonist, Kulraj Randhawa, who does complete justice to her character in essaying the role of Rajjo.