I've never considered Kunal Kohli a filmmaker. All of his movies have either made me sleepy or angry. Sleepy because they are boring. Angry because they are stupid. He's not made a single good film yet. With Teri Meri Kahaani, he continues his losing streak. There is a scene in the 2012 segment of the movie set in England. Priyanka's character is talking while Shahid's character is getting bored. She's busy talking to herself and he starts to chug beer. Whenever she looks at him, he nods condescendingly acting interested in what she's saying. That was exactly what I was doing throughout the movie. The only difference was Shahid had to listen to the nonsensical chatter for 2 minutes. I had to bear it for 2 hours.
The film tells three stories set in different time periods. The story in Mumbai is set in the 60s and it tries to play out like a silent film with Shahid Kapoor trying to act like Charlie Chaplin. If I'm not wrong, Sir Charles Chaplin stopped making silent films after the 1940s. How about paying tribute to one of our own if you're setting in the movie world of the 60s? There's a third story set in Lahore, 1910. It would actually make more sense if this had silent film homages. I was wondering what if I was forced to pick which story I liked out of all three, I just couldn't pick one. They all had their equal share of stupidity. Even the songs are annoying. They seem like fillers.
Shahid Kapoor has started looking like a buffoon. I wonder what got into his head after good turns in Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009). He coulda had class. He coulda been a contender. He coulda been somebody, instead of being a bum, which is what he is, let's face it. If he doesn't reinvent himself he will soon lose his star status. He should at least be a little less energetic on screen and concentrate on acting. Priyanka Chopra looks like she did it for the paycheck. I'm not her biggest fan but I know she's a good actor and could have contributed a lot more.
Clearly, Teri Meri Kahaani is an awful imitation of the wonderful Taiwanese film called Three Times (2005). It has three stories set in 1911, 1966 and 2005. (And yes one of them plays out like a silent film) (Yes, it's the 1911 one because that makes sense, right?). It is a difficult film to watch as the camera lingers on at various places but it's a profound experience. Unlike Teri Meri Kahaani which is actually more boring. While watching the film, due to some technical glitch, the video conked off and we could only hear the audio. I heard someone exclaim "this is the best part of the movie". I couldn't agree more.