With more heavy sets, sophisticated cast and a saporific touch of the 1990’s, Sooraj Barjatyas’ directorial has returned and with that, Prem is back. Sooraj didn’t take any projects for directing after Vivah, which was nine years back. A humongous hype had enveloped since the announcement of this film. The script was written and screenplay was sketched, which included almost all the elements from his previous work. So, Sooraj thought, it deemed fit to bring back the literally depreciated characters of all times; Prem. He had a great run with Salman Khan, and what best way to manipulate it? Thus, ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. He put all his effort to project an almost similar story and ideologies into a profit making machine. And look it’s already working.
Prem Ratan Ratan Dhan Payo commensurates with Sooraj’s every movie. It’s nothing new, being in tow with the drama, emotional content, the seemingly sweet romance which are actually pretty much just a boring and awkward couple of moments and a creepy/cliché climax. Of all the above things, the worst is when I feel like he has picked off right from where he left. If I think about the story for a minute, I think it was Prem from ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ or ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’, who lived his life for past 16 years and appeared in Ayodhya and belied as a King, in this movie. It’s a serious thought that filmmakers need to consider before writing such crass stories. They are converting the public into their puppets and most of us laugh at what they throw at us.
I thought, even with the kind of story in hand, the directing could have been a tidbit better. There were a few instances, when the screenplay needed some alterations. Sometimes it was unintentionally funny and sometimes, even creepy to watch the scenes unfolding on the screen. It cannot even be said that the sort of ambience created is a result of desultory screenplay, as there nothing to digress from.
Salman Khan looks comparatively boosted up after his last blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan. His complexion is way much cooler and his attitude and his maneuvers toward the camera are affable.
There was a time when Bollywood used to cast actors according to their age, skills, looks and chemistry. Now, that new trends have crawled in Bollywood, which emphasize on how to maximize profit, rather than focusing on the technicalities, much of it has changed. Salman is seen romancing with Sonam Kapoor, Shahrukh with Anushka, Katrina and so on and forth. Though Sonam Kapoor is average in her acting, being herself which involves overacting, this was an epitome of how wrong the casting of films is ubiquitous these days.
I really wanted to experience a good show of acting from Swara Bhaskar, but she was given very little screen space, despite her being one of the best actors. Anupam Kher has always been known for performing different characters with grace and this was one of them. It was good to see Aashika Bhatia, Deepak Dobriyal and Neil Nitin Mukesh in this movie. Neil is, as I like to think, a very talented but underrated actor. I wish he’ll get more offers after bagging a role in English T.V. series Game Of Thrones.
The Final Word:
I you’re watching this movie because of Salman Khan, then beware, you might get bored of it. This was not a deal breaker for me but certainly a half-baked movie. From technical perception, this is a poorly made movie, but considering the entertainment point of view, it is just an average movie.
It may seem as a good entertaining movie in the moment, but take some time to think. Is it?
My Rating: 1.5/5.