Real Life Romance Boosts Reel Life Romance
By MovieTalkies.com, 24 February 2012
Maybe it's the recent marriage between lead pairs Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza which has worked wonders for the film…for Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya as a story has got nothing extraordinarily impressive working for it-except of course the chemistry between the lead actors, which makes the movie a thoroughly enjoyable fare.
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is about Viren (Riteish Deshmukh), a rickshaw driver with a heart of gold from Patiala who works for Bhatti (Tinu Anand), a shrewd businessman planning to marry off his tomboyish daughter Mini (Genelia D'Souza) to a moronic Jat for his money.
Viren and Mini come across each other when the former gatecrashes the latter's engagement to demand his money back, which was lost due to Bhatti's negligence and Mini immediately latches on to the idea of getting herself kidnapped to escape the matrimonial alliance. What follows is a hilarious kidnapping scene and a chase during which Viren and Mini bond with each other to the extent that Mini doesn't want to go back to her house.
The plot thickens when Viren and Mini are both kidnapped for real by kidnap kingpin Chaudhary (Om Puri), who turns out to be Viren's father. Needless to say, Mini's chirpy behaviour wins over the entire family comprising Viren's mother (Smita Jaykar), foster sister Dhaani (Chitrashi Rawat) and foster brother Naidu (Naveen Prabhakar).
How the two young lovers deal with their emotions for each other and their respective parents forms the rest of the story.
Though some of the romantic scenes are quite stereotypically Bollywood-ish, Riteish and Genelia manage to bring in their own personal chemistry on screen, which is one of the highlights of the movie. Besides this, Riteish's comic sense and Genelia's bubbly aura never ceases to impress and some of the comic scenes do manage to elicit a few fond guffaws. Om Puri as the gruff patriarch Chaudhary and Smita Jaykar as the emotional mother do their best in supporting roles. Prabhakar and Rawat too hold their own parts effectively.
On the flip side, the second part of the movie becomes a tad melodramatic, which is quite a change from the breezy romantic comedy that was seen in the earlier part of the movie. Moreover, the lead pair seems to fall in love with each other quite speedily and one ends up feeling that the director should have given them some more time to develop their chemistry before losing their hearts to each other.
However, all in all, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya remains worth a watch, if only to watch the love-birds and their chemistry.