Mandeep Kumar’s directorial debut in Bollywood TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA (TNLHG) not only has its heart in the right place, but also has the right heart! Made on a low budget with most of the movie being shot in rural locales, the movie’s biggest plus point is that its makers have no pretensions or ambitions of this being a classic.
The story line is straightforward and simple and the newlyweds in real life Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza do form an endearing pair on screen as well. Genelia scores simply by underplaying her ebullience. Well suited for the role of the gutsy, bindaas female lead requirement, she has successfully overcome the temptation to display her teeth in every scene of the movie. It may still require her more time and effort to match the histrionics of what Kareena Kapoor managed to achieve in the portrayal of a similar character in JAB WE MET, but if she works on her dialogue delivery and attempting more changes to her facial expressions depending on the requirement of the scene, she will certainly leave a mark.
The same cannot be said of Riteish Deshmukh whose image is firmly planted in the minds of the audiences as that of an actor who is very much at home in playing a me-too role in multi-star cast inane comedies of the likes of the Golmaal or Houseful. He appears to be in obvious discomfort when the scene requires the camera to focus primarily on him; what works for him in TNLHG is that here is that the script demands that he play second fiddle to Genelia. And he seems to be very happy doing that!
The twist in the second half and the character of the professional kidnapper played excellently by thespian Om Puri add to the attractions and a few comic sequences are also refreshingly fresh. The team of Sachin-Jigar scores two hummable songs, one of which “O Re Piya” certainly looks to become a hit number. But these positives are offset by the irrelevant and unnecessary introduction of an item number by Veena Mallik. Her movements on the screen are vulgar and repulsive at the same time and this mars the complexion of this family oriented presentation. The freshness of the movie will appeal to audiences in the hinterland as well and therefore, TNLHG will prove to be a very good return on investment venture for the makers. If only the treatment wasn’t so amateurish, we could have said this to the movie: TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA!!

RATING: 2.5 out of 5

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