Inspired by the Taiwanese film Three Times, three disconnected stories set in three different eras go down one route called love before the final destination of togetherness.
The plot: The first love story is set in 1960 in Mumbai where small-time guitarist Govind (Shahid Kapoor in his 1st role) and established actress Ruksaar (Priyanka Chopra in her 1st) meet each other on a train from Pune to Mumbai. Sweet-sour exchanges and a third angle culminate in – a happy ending.
The second encounter of love is set in 2012 in England, where a practical and studious Krish Kapoor (Shahid in his 2nd role) has a nasty breakup with his girlfriend Meera (Neha Sharma). There’s Radha (Priyanka in her 2nd) around the corner but an accident, a few hours in jail, a night of revelry, love, breakup and the inexplicable patchup are all part of his birthday gift. Yup, it’s Shasha’s birthday.
The third collision harks back to the pre-Independence era to the year 1910 where they meet as Javed (Shahid in his 3rd role) and Aradhana (Priyanka in her 3rd) in a village called Sarghoda. He, a wastrel, she, from a reputed family with a freedom fighter for a father. In this chapter, thrashes, beatings, jail terms, a near-marriage to another man end up, of course, in a happy ending too.
The good: Really not much as the chapters follow the sweet, frothy, foreseeable tracks seen in all new-age relationship films. Perhaps the idea of two lovers meeting in every rebirth could have been novel (even if the Taiwanese inspiration was so easily traced) but the banalities are a huge setback. Only the realistic chemistry shared by Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra keeps the movie flaming with energy almost all through.
The music by Sajid-Wajid has some hummable songs like ‘Mukhtasar’ and ‘Humse pyaar kar le tu’ on which Shasha shows his exceptional moves yet again. It was wise on Kunal Kohli’s part to keep the 2012 love story in between, as the 1960 and 1910 episodes would have made it look retro if kept back to back.The art direction deserves a special look as Mumbai of 1960 is beautifully created with some interesting sets by Muneesh Sappel. Vrijesh Hirjee as a corny journo of the 60s makes his presence felt even without any dialogues. Some of the shayaris in the 1910 story are entertaining with a tinge of naughtiness. Well-penned by Kunal Kohli.
The bad: It’s a very inedible feeling to taste three different kinds of cheesecakes and end up with the same taste. Similarly, it’s dull watching three apparently different stories only to find them all exceedingly similar. Kunal fails miserably in providing varied content as ‘cliche’ is the only generous term one can associate with them. A love story with a predictable plot may be excused since the genre itself doesn’t offer too many options. However, at least some effort should have been made to treat them differently. Three different locales and three styles of attire set in different time zones doesn’t add up to three different experiences.
Priyanka Chopra’s acting too appears alike in all three. Shahid comes off as more mature and confident with his skills as he plays all three cheesy roles with a comfortable subtlety and crispness. Prachi Desai in her little stint as Priyanka’s friend and Neha Sharma in her tiny role as Meera, are fair. The direction is remarkably naïve from the maker of films like Fanaa and Hum Tum.
Overall: You can freely miss this one, unless you are a hardcore Sasha fan.