A musical and a thriller is what I ventured out to watch. Perhaps the
biggest letdown was that T-Series and Himesh Reshammiya joined forces to
recycle the singer-composer’s old chartbusters Tera mera tera suroor, Assalaam Walekum and Tanhaiyaa without even attempting a new sound.
It flags off stylishly with a melodious remix of Reshammiya’s sur and suroor alongside some snazzy credit titles. But soon fails to go
beyond it and you’re left with just picture postcards of beautiful Ireland.
The thriller is encapsulated in one sentence: poker-faced killer Raghu
wants to know, who framed his girlfriend Tara Wadia on a trumped-up drug
charge? Tara squeaks that it’s someone
called Aniruddh Brahmin she befriended on Facebook.
Raghu takes Tara home after executing a childish jailbreak from a Dublin
prison and sets off to kill Aniruddh.
Are you wondering, where are the thrills in this? I’m afraid there aren’t any as the shadowy villain
turns out to be a weak anti-climax, matching the chemistry-minus romance
between Raghu and Tara.
Okay, no new music, no nail-biting twists. But director Shawn Arranha’s Teraa Surroor must at least have
high-octane fight scenes? Sorry, we’re right out of excitement on that front
too with Himesh expressionlessly gunning down a mob or two or going shirtless a
la Salman Khan.
But with Shekhar Kapur, Kabir Bedi and Naseeruddin Shah embellishing the
cast, surely there must be heavyweight characters worthy of such stalwarts? Apologies
once again. Naseer sits on a chair and plays Santino, an expert jailbreaker
whose expertise wasn’t really needed since the escape from Dublin was so devoid
of brainwork. Kabir Bedi is Commissioner Khan who pops up once in a while to
command, ‘Find Anirrudh Brahmin.’ And Shekhar Kapur is the Indian Ambassador to
Ireland who has more English lines than Hindi.
The best thing that can be said about Himesh playing Raghu is that he has
a well-maintained physique. New find Farah Karimaee playing Tara is pretty and
wears a natty wardrobe.
But to return to my first wail, I do wish that Himesh had scored a bunch
of fresh tunes and backed a thrilling screenplay. But since he did neither, tepid
Teraa Surroor fetches a weak 2*
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author