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Gori tere pyaar mein: Ends happily for all but the audience

Published: 25th November 2013 04:24 PM

Last Updated: 25th November 2013 04:26 PM

So, here’s what I got to know about Tam Brahms from Gori Tere Pyaar Mein:

■ We speak Hindi when we grow up in Bangalore

■ We have hairy chests

■ We realise when we are about to marry a good girl who sings Carnatic that we should be chasing our ex

■ We realise true happiness lies with a woman who cares more about a bridge than us

■ Punjabi boys who dated our fiancees cater at our weddings

■ A Tam Brahm girl who is a singer sucks at planning an elopement

And here is what I got to know about environmentalists:

■ It’s important to build bridges with your own hands

■ It is the duty of an environmentalist to protest against corruption

■ There is no difference between a gynaecologist, a veterinarian and an environmentalist

■ If you are an environmentalist, your hair and face will always be perfect, irrespective of how much you dance at weddings and which corner of the country you work in

If you still want to know why you should give the love story of Dia (Kareena Kapoor) and Sriram (Imran Khan) a miss, read on.

So, Sriram is a good boy whose un-Tamil looks are explained by a joke about how he may have been swapped at birth. He’s the kind of guy who will tell his life story to a girl he is about to marry, and never open up to the girl he wants to marry. Yet, the fact that he opens up to the former makes him realise he should run after the latter.

And he runs. And runs. To some remote village where Dia’s lectures and manual labour and AIDS activism makes him realise he has wasted his life. No, not wasted his life in chasing her, which at least you can empathise with, but by wasted it by doing all the fun things he has ever done.

Because this is a Bollywood film, everyone must dance, even when they are surrounded by dying people, disease, lack of infrastructure and the least dangerous corrupt politician who ever walked the earth (Anupam Kher).

And because it is Kareena Kapoor, she must act like a fox terrier that has overdosed on Red Bull, even when she is saving the country. And because it is a romantic comedy, it has to end happily. It ends happily, for everyone except the audience. But, on the upside, I discovered things about Tam Brahms in Bangalore that growing up as one and living in Bangalore has not taught me.

The Verdict: If you are an environmental activist who is afraid of growing old in the company of cats, go ahead and watch. It will make you feel better, maybe.

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