Movie: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Direction: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher
Music Director: Sanjoy Chowdhury, Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography: V. Manikandan
Editor: Sanjay Sankla
Genre: Drama, Romance
What is it about: It’s a story about Vijay Singh a royalty, whose life gets endangered in a dreadful espionage by his closed circle in the name of power and wealth. Which leaves the loyal butler of Vijay Singh helpless. Just then they bump in to Prem Dilwale who incidentally happens to be the doppelganger of Vijay Singh. Post which Prem switches places with Vijay until his recovery to find out who is behind this betrayal. This forms the crux of the story, which is laced with romance, drama and sentiments directed by Sooraj Barjatya.
Why it’s disappointing: The movie is not all that disappointing except for few obvious reasons. First being the runtime which is tiringly long, after a point it starts testing your patience. Being a Rajshri Productions film, it tends to have songs every few minutes which in fact gets you in a jiff thinking if it’s a musical. Then comes the obvious revelation of the plot which becomes obvious just few minutes in to the movie.
What to watch out for: It’s been ages a movie in Bollywood came across, which takes you back to the 90’s. This does it favourably well, with a plot which may be a usual one but director Sooraj tried his best to make this acceptable with the current mind set of the audience. The movie is gleamingly grand with huge sets which spells extravaganza in bold letters. There are few sets which were well designed by Nitin Chandrakant Desai.
Salman Khan is a brand himself, when he gets associated with a director who have given 2 timeless hits in his career then it becomes interesting. Salman was great in the movie, his comedy timing was impeccable and as Dilwale he did a commendable job. He was the soul of the movie, Salman waves his charm all over with different characters assigned to him. In spite of the repeated name Prem, this time his return is impressive.
Sonam Kapoor looks ravishing in those exquisite dresses, she did a good job. Not much of potential role, but she fits the bill aptly which favoured the character as Maithili Devi.
Deepak Dobriyal is reigning to be a great supporting actor, who might take the centre stage soon as lead in some potential movie. He appears on the screen in the opening scene dressed as “SITA” in a play, for a moment you will wonder the uncanny similarity. He was a great sidekick to Prem Dilwale.
Neil Nitin Mukesh had very less screen space who plays the role of Salman’s step brother. But he did justice to the time given. The movie had a great supporting cast with Anupam Kher leading the herd followed by Swara Bhaskar, Aashika Bhatia, Armaan Kohli, Sanjay Mishra & Samaira Rao.
The movie had lot of songs, but for a change it did not involve the “Baby Doll” or “Hooka” type tracks. It had sweet, soothing and serenating tracks composed by Himesh Reshammiya. The movie was a visual treat with splendid colours and beautiful sets which were tastefully captured by Manikandan and was well edited by Sanjay Sankla.
PRDP will set the same trend like “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun” did, in terms of costumes. They were exquisite and were designed really well that it will be trending among the youngsters. The credit goes to Alvira Khan and Ashley Rebello.
Verdict: Sooraj Barjatya revives the feel of 90’s with grandeur sets, soulful tracks, melodrama and of course he returned the PREM to the audience, who was hidden for a long time. A perfect outing for families this Diwali, who will enjoy this flick regardless of clichés, because it’s been really long that a movie of this genre was released.