Observations TEREE SANG...
* One, it's often said that veterans find it extremely
difficult to change with times, adapt to new-age cinema.
* Two, it's often said that a capable director has the
potential to unearth new talent and polish their skills.
The two observations hold true for Satish Kaushik, who's
known for dramatic/masala entertainers and who changes
gears so swiftly with TEREE SANG.
Now let's begin... First and foremost, TEREE SANG is not
JUNO. The resemblance starts and ends with an adolescent
getting pregnant. TEREE SANG is not KYA KEHNA either.
TEREE SANG mirrors what's happening in society vividly.
But, at the same time, it's not dark or disturbing, nor
does it get preachy.
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But there're minor issues. Certain portions make this
real story look filmy and that robs the film of its
freshness. It becomes another BOBBY and LOVE STORY at
one point. More on that later!
Yet, all said and done, TEREE SANG is fresh and
engrossing in most parts. Recommended!
Maahi [Sheena Shahabadi], the only child of the Puri
family [Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta], is a bubbly
15-year-old Delhi girl. She belongs to a prosperous
family and has the best of material comforts. Kabir [Ruslaan
Mumtaz], a 17-year-old, has a middle class background [Satish
Kaushik, Sushmita Mukherjee Bundela].
Maahi and Kabir become friends. On a camping trip on New
Year's Eve, after getting a little tipsy, the young
couple get intimate. Soon, Maahi gets pregnant. What
follows is a journey of accepting one's mistakes and
owning up to it.
Satish Kaushik steps into a new territory with TEREE
SANG and throws a pleasant surprise at viewers. The
entire first half is so real, so identifiable and the
execution of the subject is so interesting that you get
instantly drawn into Kabir and Maahi's worlds. The
passionate kiss that they share, which leads to a sexual
encounter, is also maturely depicted on screen by the
But it's the second hour that's problematic. It becomes
yet another version of BOBBY and LOVE STORY, with the
kids eloping and the warring parents thirsting for each
other's blood. These portions don't appeal primarily
because too much seems to happen too soon. A roof over
the head, a spacious mansion with all amenities and
necessities in place, an instant job et al... all this
in a matter of a few days in a new township seems so
Thankfully, the film comes on track in the penultimate
portions. The moment the girl calls up her father and
set things straight - from this point onwards, TEREE
SANG is back on its feet. Of course, the courtroom drama
could've been far more impactful.
Despite the blemishes in its writing, there's no denying
that TEREE SANG is easily amongst Satish Kaushik's most
accomplished works. Sachin-Jigar's music has that
freshness that this subject demands and at least two
songs deserve a strong mention, especially 'More Saiyyan'.
The camerawork is vibrant at places.
Ruslaan underplays his part beautifully. The best part
is, it's not one of those conventional roles that show
the hero flexing his muscles or beating up 10 people at
the same time. He enacts the boy next door part with
complete understanding. Sheena is a surprise. Dew-fresh
and adorable, the debutante looks perfect for the part.
Her confidence and performance, both are wonderful.
Rajat Kapoor is excellent. Neena Gupta is natural.
Satish Kaushik delivers a winning performance. The
viewers will love him. Sushmita Mukherjee Bundela is
first-rate. Anupam Kher, in a brief role, is perfect.
On the whole, TEREE SANG has a new story tell and that
is its biggest USP. At the box-office, the film may be a
slow starter, but has the merits to pick up with word of
mouth if the youth as also the family audiences take to