The hero Sriram (Imran Khan) is a young man. He is superficial, spoiled, self-satisfied, inconsistent and flirtatious. His only preoccupation seems to be not to engage and to flee at the slightest responsibility. A real head with a slap. He returns from the United States where he studied architecture. He makes his parents despair who envisage as last resort, guess what, to marry him of course!
He gets threatened as he has to go without food and gets driven out of the family home. Sriram finally resigned himself to a union with Vasudha (Shraddha Kapoor). Her beauty did not leave him indifferent. The latter, very reticent, confesses to him that she is in love with Kamal, a young Punjabi social worker. In return, Kareena Kapoor Khan gets engaged to Kamal.
The first half of the plot gets constructed well with flashbacks. Sriram realizes his true feelings towards Dia and the reasons for their separation. The second half leads to his attempt to repair the damage and then reconnect with her. Sriram's first commitment to reconquer Dia will open his eyes to certain realities. It will push him, too, to help isolated villagers by building a bridge.
The most serious part of the film takes place in Gujarat, in a fictitious town called Jhumli. And the shots were actually filmed in this western region of India, in the city of Bhuj. The inhabitants of Jhumli where Dia has settled cannot even get proper medical care.
Because only an unstable bridge connects them to the neighboring town. The chief of the district, incarnated by an Anupam Kher is a credible villain. He diverts taxes for his benefit rather than building the bridge that the village would need. The young architect will have to show what he can do to change things, and change himself.
Do not deceive yourself as there is nothing profound in the psychology of the characters. One remains in the lightness and the surface. We are in a sweetened romance. Dia's activism and Sriram's metamorphosis are only a pretext for an original scenario.
And if the film touches on serious themes, it never wants to be heavy and remains in the form of things. One can criticize the writer cum director for not having dug certain situations. There is the initial shock between two ideologies and two opposed modes of life. For example, those of Sriram and Dia. The abuses of local politicians, the condition of some isolated rural communities. And many others.
The play of the actors gets affected by this lack of audacity in the staging. They are not bad and do what they can on the whole. Anupam Kher in an ungrateful secondary role is even very good, most of the time. His final turnaround remains unreliable, but the actor is not for nothing. It is regrettable that the other secondary actors are unequal. Because second knives of quality and well used make it possible to draw a very average film upwards.
Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor get off and there is no real complicity between them. Yet they have already played together in another comedy Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Here one finds it hard to believe in their love. Too bad. Kareena has shown in recent roles that she can be overwhelming as in Talaash or fun in a lighter job in 3 Idiots. Was it because she was with Aamir Khan who has quite a different stature from his nephew Imran?
We wish him more conviction in his next roles. His transformation into a defender of the poor is hardly credible. He does not carry the adhesion, for no one perceives at any moment the click in his character. These shortcomings are an indirect consequence of the delays in filming and uncertainties. The release of Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! scheduled for 2011 got postponed due to successive defections of the main players.
It was Sonam Kapoor who was first to be with Imran Khan. But Imran dissatisfied with the script gave up. Shahid Kapoor presumed to replace him then withdrew for the same reasons. Sonam Kapoor also gave up in the stride. Then, Imran joined the cast again and Kareena signed last for the role of Dia. Other secondary roles were also subject to last-minute replacements. It was only in February 2013 that the first scenes got shot in Bangalore.
Rest the music. What do you say? It was the duo Vishal Shekhar who composed it, a token of success. They were already in control of Malhotra's first film, I Hate Luv Storys in 2010. And most of them were from Chennai Express, Kahaani, and Student of the Year. Nine pieces have a quite pleasant rhythm.
The film gets distributed well in the editing. It contributes to the pleasure that one takes there despite its many weaknesses. Two songs are particularly successful and fit into the narrative. Naina is the expected romantic piece. A special mention to Chingam Chabake, where the leading duo finally runs at full speed.
In conclusion, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! is a work without great flavor, but not dishonorable for its author. And that one looks at the end without displeasure, in spite of a scenario and a direction of lazy actors. The film was one of the biggest box office failures in 2013. That's why high-profile names in the credits are no longer enough to move crowds when quality is poor.