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Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya  : Not completely lovable
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Friday, February 17, 2012
Romantic comedy
Mandeep Kumar
Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Om Puri, Tinu Anand
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Love blossoms when a kidnap brings together a young rickshaw driver (supposedly the kidnapper) and his boss’s daughter (supposedly the victim). But it’s just the other way around until they both get kidnapped themselves.

The plot: Viren (Riteish Deshmukh), a sincere rickshaw driver dreams of starting his own travel business with his hard-earned money. But before dreams turn into reality, his boss Bhatti (Tinu Anand) robs Viren’s idea and sells his rickshaw for an Innova, leaving him with neither a rickshaw nor his hard-earned money. Meanwhile, Bhatti wants his adventure-seeking, green card holding daughter Mini (Genelia D'Souza) to marry a rich father’s useless son. Mini wants adventure and a kalti from this marriage while Viren wants money for his business. Their plan: kidnap Mini and ask her father for money. Love springs alongside the plan till they are kidnapped by Chaudhary (Om Puri) aka Viren’s father whose business is kidnapping itself. 

The good: There is no doubt that Genelia and Riteish make a cute pair and seeing them together after a long time only makes them more appealing. Riteish is the sober calm fellow, an opposite but perfect match to the quirky, dominating Punjabi that Genelia portrays. Their chemistry works well for the film and the robust music by Lalit Sen fits perfectly. Om Puri has an interesting role – though a kidnapper by profession, he is a good-hearted man who takes good care of his victims. Known for his romantic tracks, singer Atif Aslam’s voice and songs are an extra bonus for the film. The longer second half is more interesting and funnier as new characters are introduced.

The bad: Though a romantic comedy by genre, the humour falls flat at certain places. Kidnapping a person in the first half looks too easy in spite of the police tracking them and a ‘Wanted’ advertisement in the newspaper. Veena Malik’s item number does not help at all and was not even necessary in the film.

Overall: Worth a one-time watch just to see the chemistry between the newlyweds after such a long time. Don’t miss Genelia’s name in the credit titles as Genelia Deshmukh!

– Petrina D’Souza


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