Teri Baaton Mein Aise Uljha Jiya Review: Shahid Kapoor Film Serves Robotic Romance With Patriarchy Ka Tadka Saved By Kriti Sanon

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Teri Baaton Mein Aise Uljha Jiya Review: Shahid Kapoor Film Serves Robotic Romance With Patriarchy Ka Tadka Saved By Kriti Sanon

A story on man and machine romance isn’t new to cinema. From Rajinikanth’s Robot to Joaquin Phoenix’s Her, robo-com has been a loving genre on the big screen. A space where technology meets the technicalities of the heart, and everything makes sense in the Metaverse. Exploring a similar flavour is the latest Friday release–Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya. Starring the best of Bollywood hot-shots–Kriti Sanon and Shahid Kapoor, the film directed by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah, is an adventurous tale of love. 

A perfect release for the month of  pyaar, this unique romance comes under the banner of Maddock Films. The story is about an unlikable man–Aryan played by Shahid Kapoor, who like most of us, is exhausted with conversations around his marriage, and aims to soak in every ounce of his bachelorhood. This robotics engineer has no proof of his degree and looks unbothered by enormous female attention. Exhibiting a slice of Kabir Singh, Aryan’s irritable banter with a newly-appointed  maid, intrigues us more about his side of the story. His conversations with his married bestie–Monty, specify his love for mansplaining, and his hobby of dissing women and their “nakhre.”

The Plot 

Somewhat like Kartik Aaryan in a Luv Ranjan film, Shahid’s character has the looks, until he unzips his mouth for an uninvited opinion on women. The plot further introduces us to his aunt–Urmila, masterfully portrayed by Dimple Kapadia, who is also the CEO of the robotics company, that he works for. Their unhinged bond is better than Aryan’s relationship with his old-school mother. Kapadia, then invites Aryan to her very own bachelor pad in the US, for a special project on robots. 

On landing, Aryan is welcomed into modern-day reality, futuristic robots, computers and a lavish home, owned by his successful aunt. It is then, that Aryan meets Sifra, an assistant, appointed to guide him around the town in the absence of his aunt. Phir kya, post a dinner, many flirty exchanges, a few drinks and a dance number by the beach, Sifra and Aryan are making love in his bed, like most of us over a drunk during the weekend. It is the morning after, when Aryan is surprised by Sifra’s reality, when his aunt returning from a trip overseas, spills the fact of Sifra being a robot. An annoyed Aryan finds it difficult to believe this truth because he finally found the woman of his dreams in Sifra. A girl, who according to him has “no tante” (slang for tantrums). Sifra to him is the image of perfection, who cooks with both hands, speaks every language, never complains, never demands, and is always okay with making love at every hour. 

To a man, that is the dream. Right? Someone that Aryan hopes to find in a real, human form of woman, which is nothing close to his bestie–Monty’s wife. Aryan’s feelings for this female robot intensify, as the film progresses to surprise us with its antics, and brainless comebacks. As a movie-goer, braced to be surprised by this scientific romance, I keenly look for answers, enquiring about the times when Aryan had sex with Sifra, but still failed to know she was a robot. Well, that probably is the memo that the film wants us to follow, don’t question, just watch. Soon, I switch off my inquisitive brain and continue to make sense of it all. I laugh, giggle, groove and get slightly bored, but my common sense fails to sit back and stop looking for proof. 

This lovelorn Aryan proposes marriage to Sifra and gifts his family, desperate for a bahu, with a “perfect one.” She cooks, cleans, and always looks pretty. For every time someone questions the strangeness that Sifra’s perfectionism brings to the screen, Aryan backs it up with a comeback–“Yeh America se hai na.” Sifra is intelligent, diligent and a dedicated follower of every command that her Admin Aryan proposes to her. Aryan’s family comprising of some promising actors like the legendary Dharmendra, play their part and like him, continue to be in awe of Sifra’s sarvagun sampan attitude. The story escalates with a million glitches when Aryan decides to tie the knot with Sifra, who he is deeply and madly in love with. 

Man-Made Romance, By The Man, For The Man 

The problem with Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya lies in its core and the leading character Aryan. With charm, good moves, that beard and handsomeness, Shahid Kapoor’s character Aryan, still fails to lure the attention of the girl in me. His continuous efforts of mansplaining Sifra, reflect in her perfectionism, her smoking skills, and how she is everything that a human form of woman can never be. She is applauded for being the “Yes” woman to him, and how she can literally be turned off when bothering him, something men have been dreaming to do. Right? *Rolling My Eyes* 

Parts We Loved

Besides all the glitches, elements of modern-day romance surprise us through pocketed references to the crimes in the Metaverse. In a section where Aryan (Shahid Kapoor)’s cousin tries to inappropriately touch and kiss Sifra, knowing she is a robot, we are informed about the horrors of harassment in the cyber world, where robots are often referred to as sex dolls, used to fulfil the fantasies of men. Kriti Sanon as the robot, has us falling for her mechanical version, who in fact we all had a crush on. Her humour arrives in a timely manner, is unpredictable and off-beat but likeable. She, unlike Shahid’s Aryan, keeps us invested in the story. Shahid Kapoor returns as the heart-throb with his hot looks, and of course, those killer moves. 

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Music, Fashion And More 

The film’s music is nostalgia-driven and caters to the film’s mood. From beach dance, mehendi night to the theme song, composers Tanishq Bagchi, Sachin-Jigar, and Mitraz will have you grooving harder than ever. The film is rich in fashion and visible through the wardrobes of Aryan, Sifra and Aryan’s stylish aunt Urmila. From wedding lehengas, and hairstyles to athleisure sets, the film’s key characters are always in their best sartorial selections. 

Faults 

The first half has you engaged in an illogical plot but turns stretchy and lengthy post-intermission. The fault lies in its lead character, which comes with lack of a backdrop, and makes Aryan’s creepy fetish for robots look romantic and adorable. What saves the case, is Shahid Kapoor’s alluring charm, which makes Aryan a tad bearable to us. The plot falls flat on your face, when the makers fail to explain the technicalities of its robotic world, backed up with no scientific proof. The writing looks shallow, with seemingly unattended answers, and grossly ignored reality. This fusion of a man’s dream woman, found in a robot, sparks conversations around patriarchy, that continue even in the future world. 

Verdict 

Like the central character Aryan, if you try harder, you may even fall for this film, like he did for robot Sifra. Don’t look for answers to your logic, because there are none. This robo-com isn’t an undiscovered concept, but for Bollywood’s big banners, it seems interesting. Book your tickets, if you have extra money to waste, 143 minutes to invest and watch beautiful faces on the screen this Friday. Also, if you don’t have a better plan for Valentine’s week, Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya could be on your watchlist, but I’d still suggest, you sit home and watch Spike Jonze’s Her, instead. 

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Jasveen Kaur Sawhney

Jasveen Kaur is a fashion writer, and pyjama hoarder, who loves watching interviews of all kinds, and checking her Pinterest mood board every hour!

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