Everyone told me not to watch Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP), but still I did.... And after I actually did, I asked myself…… Why I did what I did?
Okay!! In my defence, I had really put in lot of thought before trading my almost midnight sleep of three long hours. My few reasons to justify watching this one despite the not-so-good reviews were -
a) The belief of awesomeness in the maker of "my can’t ever have enough of” movie Vivaah
b) The grandeur , the costumes , the jewellery and the thumkas in the title track
c) Awesome shooting locations in my beloved state of Rajasthan
Now as a viewer, the story, the screenplay, the direction, the casting and everything else individually don’t matter to me coz all I care about is entertainment. However, PRDP has moved me so much that in the interest of those who haven’t yet taken any call about PRDP, here's what I feel about the movie.
I say if you have already bought the tickets, you can either choose to be generous by gifting the tickets to someone you don’t much care about or you can experience the few moments of happiness offered by the maker. The comforters could be the double delight of Salman Khan in absolutely contrasting double roles, gorgeous and stylish princess look of Sonam Kapoor, the extravagant locations, the ornate sets, the beautiful costumes and the jewellery.
I am personally annoyed with Sooraj Badjatya to have made this and Salman Khan for having signed this and breaking my heart with the failure of their magical duo. Although Salman has managed to save some misery, Sonam’s marvellous look hasn’t even remotely made up for her much unconvincing performance. For the first time ever, love story of Prem doesn’t feel believable given the fake chemistry between the 30 and 50 year old. All the other actors are mere extras and add nothing to the movie but time.
As far as the songs go, the hit Jodi of Salman Khan and Himesh Reshamiya has doomed too. The ten (not so hummable) songs in the movie feel like 25 given their rapid frequency and no reason to be played out. The overall music and lyrics are old enough to make PRDP look like a film straight out of the ‘80s.
Apart from the trivially sketched characters and timeworn songs, PRDP definitely lacks freshness. Stretching on family values and importance of relations through unnecessary elongated scenes to make up for a reasonable run time doesn’t really work in favour of the film. In this ever-changing world, Sooraj Badjatya hasn’t just carried forward the legacy of Prem but has also used the same recipe of a “family oriented film” spelling out the moral of “lucky are those that have the support and love of their families”.
Although the story is set in present time, it has an archaic feel which clearly indicates the wrong amalgamation of a contemporary drama and a period extravaganza leaving me as a viewer much confused.
Overall, the movie is quite predictable, old-fashioned and overly melodramatic. Sonam's unpolished acting, the not-so-good direction, over-sightedness with respect to the story and screenplay and animation much below bollywood standards do not justify Rs.80crores consumed in the making of this film.
PS - PRDP is a good family movie only if it was made a decade earlier than it actually has.
Now looking forward to Tamasha, Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani!