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In Punit Malhotra’s “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein”, a woman with no medical training deems it fit to deliver a baby; an architect who hasn’t worked for years thinks he’s capable of building a bridge (who needs engineers?); and rich, privileged people feel better about themselves when they throw money at poor children.

Director Malhotra’s attempt at making a “feel-good” romance has characters that are as hollow and fake as the film’s screenplay. The heroine, an NGO worker, espouses causes from AIDS to land-grabbing to making documentaries about sex workers, but feels no remorse when she cheats her way out of a traffic jam to get to a wedding on time.

There are stereotypes aplenty. The people of Tamil Nadu state only eat idlis and vadas; the Gujaratis only eat dhokla for dinner; and they all speak with pronounced accents. Diya (Kareena Kapoor) is the do-gooder heroine, flitting from one cause to the other. Sriram (Imran Khan) is an aimless and self-centred young man, who lives off his parents, and does not understand Diya’s need to play the Good Samaritan.

The first half of “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” is in flashback mode, with Sriram narrating his story to fiancé Vasudha (Shraddha Kapoor). Vasudha helps Sriram realize that he still loves Diya. The hero has an epiphany and runs away from his own wedding ceremony to look for Diya.

However, the film’s heroine now lives in a remote village, and refuses to leave unless local authorities build a bridge, one that will enable villagers to commute more easily, and will magically solve all their problems.