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TEREE SANG - Movie Review : A potential Hit plot is underplayed fearing social opposition. (Review by Bobby Sing)
08 Aug, 2009 | Movie Reviews / 2009 Releases

Satish Kaushik returns with his new directorial venture, tackling the sensitive issue of “Minor Pregnancy” on screen. Though the same plot has been seen earlier in “Kya Kehna” and “Juno” too, but still Satish manages to present it with his own fresh approach and true to life simplicity. However, in order to make it less controversial, he uses the same old bollywood formulas in the later half which deprives the movie from becoming a worth praising masterpiece.

"Teree Sang" introduces a fresh lead pair, having the looks of your next door friends. And they both rightly suit the roles of young teenagers going to school, who still have to discover the meaning of sex and its consequences. The first half brilliantly shows the start of their affair, their secret meetings and the night which puts them both in a deep trouble. The director sensitively captures their tender moments without going overboard to the limits of vulgarity. That really makes you feel for the young couple and the movie starts growing on you till the intermission.
 
But post interval, the problems start cropping up, breaking the mood set by the first half. From here on the movie leaves it realistic path and moves on to the good old Bollywood formula where the love couple runs away and starts living in an old house somewhere on a Hill station. And from there on you start remembering “Love Story”, “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” and many more such love tales seen before. The real issue of “Minor Pregnancy” takes a back seat and no one talks about that as a serious concern after intermission till we reach the final 15 minutes of the movie. The climax finishes off the legal issue in a court room drama written weirdly without any interesting justifications.
 
So, where the first half makes you feel this can be a Hit, the second half comes and reduces it to a just above average movie talking about a relevant social problem. Performance wise, both the debutants, Ruslaan & Sheena look cute and perform well too. But the chances of their becoming a youth icon are quite less. Satish Kaushik & Sushmita Mukherjee playing the middle class parents of Ruslaan, are likable in their few funny sequences. Rajat Kapoor & Neena Gupta as the rich & famous parents of Sheena act perfectly. Anupam Kher gives a pleasant surprise in the climax as the Judge. But he couldn’t be impressive enough as the last minutes of the movie simply fail to leave an impact.
 
Musically, the movie has one worth mentioning number from Sachin Jigar and that’s “Morey Saiyaan”. The song is capable of leaving its mark even when played in the background. Camerawork is just fine capturing the city of “New Delhi” and its famous monuments as required. In fact the movie adds on to the list of recent Bollywood projects catching on the craze of “Delhi Based Movies”. Interestingly even its Production Banner has been named as “Karol Bagh Films & Entertainment”, based on a famous shopping area in Delhi.
 
In the end, I strongly feel that Satish Kaushik must have started this bold and unconventional project with great enthusiasm and conviction. But somewhere down the lane he got afraid of hurting the conventional Indian Social values and therefore decided to play it safe. The decision made out of social opposition fear, ruined this otherwise potential project, resulting in just an average drama, which could have been much better.

Ratings : 2 / 5

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