Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan are back together after 16 years with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Armaan Kohli, Deepak Dobriyal and Anupam Kher. The movie has hit the screens today and everyone is expecting a thunderous Diwali cracker from Salman. So, let’s find out if the film is indeed a loud cracker or not…
PRDP is about Prem (Salman Khan) who admires a princess named Maithali (Sonam Kapoor). Maithali runs a foundation for poor people where Prem donates his earnings. We are introduced to Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) who is not in good terms with his step-sisters (Swara Bhaskar and Aashika Bhatia), and also nothing more than a reserved relationship with his step-brother (Neil Nitin Mukesh). Vijay and Maithali are engaged, but don’t share a great rapport with each other. One day, someone plots to kill Vijay; however, he is saved, but is not conscious. Prem comes to Vijay’s village to meet Maithali, and Deewan Sahab (Anupam Kher) presents him as Vijay in front of Maithali and everyone else. Will Prem get Vijay’s family together? These things take the story forward.
Sooraj Barjatya has given some really good family movies in the past. From Maine Pyar Kiya to Vivah, each time, he presented a story which was new and showcased a different side of love, family and marriage. But, with PRDP, unfortunately, he fails to come up with something new. We have seen many films about sibling rivalry and property fights. And here, Sooraj has just added the double role element, nothing else. While the story is bit clichéd, the filmmaker manages to entertain in those 2 hours 45 mins, with his screenplay. However, he could have easily shortened the film by a few minutes. There are a few romantic scenes between Sonam and Salman which were better avoided since they are unwanted and simply add to the length of the movie. However, must say, Salman and Sonam’s adorable chemistry managed to pull us through those scenes without a frown!
Sooraj undoubtedly knows how to direct a family drama and he has helmed PRDP wonderfully. His narration style takes us back to the 90s without making it look outdated. But, what disappoints us is that he fails to make us emotional. Barring a couple of scenes, where I felt choked (not teary-eyed, mind you!), there wasn’t much of any emotional drama here. Looks like Sooraj invested his attention mainly on making a grand film, and forgot that story, screenplay and direction matter a lot too. However, the filmmaker offers what he is best known for. While cinematography is excellent, editing is mediocre and could have been crisp and sharp.
Salman is back as Prem, but this time his character Prem is more lively and animated. Vijay’s character has been given less scope, but the way Salman gets into the skin of the character is really impressive. Sonam Kapoor is a surprise package. She endearingly plays the role of Princess Maithali, someone who’s quite contrasting to her earlier characters. Her chemistry with Salman is electrifying. Swara Bhaskar has acted wonderfully. She is surely one of the most talented actresses of current times, but the only problem here is that we don’t connect with her character of a princess. It’s really difficult to accept Swara on screen as a princess. Aashika Bhatia hardly has any scope. She is actually a prop in the film and has no dialogues. Neil Nitin Mukesh is too good looking to be a Sooraj Barjatya villain. Plus, he is really bad in the film. But Armaan Kohli is even worse. These two, who are the antagonists, do not click at all. Anupam Kher and Deepak Dobriyal support brilliantly. While the former is superb as Deewan Sahab, the latter as Kanhaiya is also top notch.
Music is one of the best elements of the film. You may leave the theatre humming the title track or the song Jalte Diye. Himesh Reshammiya has done an exceptional job with the music. Would also like to talk about Shabina Khan, the choreographer of the title song. She has choreographed it wonderfully.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review Final Verdict:
Overall, PRDP is a decent family film with some fantastic performances by Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor.
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