Teri Meri Love Story is a Pakistani romantic comedy film released on 2nd September 2016, and is Jawad Bashir’s second directorial venture (after last year’s horror film Maya). The cast includes some renowned actors from the industry including Mohib Mirza, Omar Shahzad, Ushna Shah, Uzma Khan, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Salman Shahid, Laila Zuberi and Ahmed Abdul Rehman.
The film begins with Esha (Ushna Shah), a TV host, who has overwhelming feelings for Ramis (Omar Shahzad), and dreams of marrying him. Esha's friends Sherry (Mohsin Abbas) and Danish (Ahmed Rehman) convey her sentiments to Ramis, who then requests her hand in marriage. The only problem is that Esha’s father Rana (Salman Shahid) has given his daughter’s hand to his friend’s son Nael (Mohib Mirza), who is Esha’s childhood friend.
There are countless problems with the movie in every facet. For one, the storyline is immature and full of clichés. The target audience seems to be teenagers, but the film lacks character and is unlikely to appeal to any age group. The scriptwriters have tried to fit all Pakistani puns into two hours of footage, giving the film a substandard feel. The only saving grace is a short sequence shot in Naran Valley that shows spectacular views in the background and helps take one’s mind off the rest of the film for a while.
Despite the capable cast, the acting is badly overdone, and the attempt at a wannabe item song fails miserably. The songs keep popping up at random intervals, and the background music eventually starts to become painful. Character development is even worse. Uzma Khan’s role has nothing to do with the main plot; she is just a side character whose purpose is to bring in viewers through her steamy scenes. No one emerged as a good actor, except perhaps Mohib Mirza, whose role was somewhat convincing. Omar Shahzad made a decent attempt and put on an entertaining performance in most scenes. However, there was a clear mismatch between his performance and the physical appearance of his character, especially his dressing and haircut.
Ushna Shah, Mohib Mirza and Omer Shahzad made a fair attempt at the action scenes, but the absence of appropriate choreography and training put their efforts to waste. It was hard to ignore how fake the fighting sequences appeared. There was also constant misrepresentation of the effects of different drugs shown in the movie, which were highly exaggerated.
In a nutshell, nothing about this film seems original or imaginative. Most of the ideas have been stolen from Bollywood films, but are a lot worse. Unlike the picture painted by director Jawad Bashir prior to the film’s release, everything is mediocre at best, be it acting, music, action or script. If such Lollywood flicks continue rolling in, we may have to accept that there is a long way to go before we witness an actual revival of Pakistani cinema.
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