Sachin-Jigar with Anu Malik and Bappi Lahiri (guest composers)
Sameer and Virag Mishra
Ruslaan Mumtaz, Sheena Shahabadi, Satish Kaushik, Sushmita Mukherjee, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Anupam Kher
Teree Sang Movie Review
August 7, 2009 12:28:27 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
Today's stark reality is lack of parental love. Not because parents do not want to, but because their focus is not right. Parents are either busy with their business or profession leaving their kids in care of nannies or some even in creches. The result - children grow up feeling that lack of love and miss having their parents around when they need them the most. Most kids go 'elsewhere' in search of love to fill than aching void while others rebel in different ways, for e.g., getting hooked on to alcohol or drugs. If you look around, this is exactly what is happening today.
This is what director Satish Kaushik is trying to portray in TEREE SANG, a story about a girl who misses her parents love. She has a dream home and whatever a young schoolgirl of 15 can desire. But is that all she wants or is there something more she is aching for? Her father plainly tells her that he has sacrificed a lot to give her all the luxuries of life. But he has missed the boat. He was trying to replace his love with material gifts. All that the girl's craving for is her parents' presence.
The result, she befriends a boy in her neighbourhood, although not in her league, and is pregnant. All hell breaks loose. The girl's father a Richie rich lawyer threatens to sue the boy's father, a rickshaw driver. The kids run away from home to create their own love nest.
Kudos to Satish Kaushik for tackling a sensitive subject, which most parents tend to sweep under the carpet.
The film has an interesting first half but post interval, Kaushik takes too many cinematic liberties and dilutes the plot with unnecessary focus on boy and girl trying to make ends meet in their 'home in the mountains', a la LOVE STORY, QYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK, and MAINE PYAAR KIYA. That is where he goes wrong. It was not needed. Had those scenes been chopped, the movie would have been much crisper and the message would have come out louder.
Nevertheless, it is an honest attempt at addressing a very serious issue.
Sheena Shahabadi who plays Maahi Suri, the young 15-year-old makes a decent debut. She portrays well the angst a 15-year-old goes through, bringing on screen, the much-needed freshness. Ruslaan Mumtaz as Kukoo her boyfriend is impressive too. Supporting them is Rajat Kapoor and Neena Gupta as Maahi's parents, Satish Kaushik, and Sushmita Mukherjee as Kukoo's parents.
The movie has a young, adult feel and a few numbers are quite peppy as well. Young parents will have a lot to learn from this. Those with teenagers or with kids approaching their teens will benefit a lot, too.
Parents, this one is for you. Take your teenagers along