Friday, 6th May 12:05 PM IST
Meera Chopra is refreshing, Sharman Joshi is decent, couple of good songs
poor direction, cliche writing, pathetic editing
Watch it for some chills and leading lady
Vikram Bhatt is competing with Ram Gopal Verma in terms of creating a filmography which has few dozens of clueless flop films full of cliches. Now he is back with third installment of '1920' franchise.
Saru, full name Saraswati, is an obedient daddy’s girl. Inder is a broody, massively-tattooed loner. And ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ , not to be confused with the ’82 film of the same name, is a manual of how Not to make a contemporary romantic film.
Picture this: a heavy-handed father who thunders, flinging out instructions on how wife and daughters ought to behave. Falling in love with an unsuitable boy, ‘aiyyo rama’. Acting on your own will, ‘parmeshwara’. Doing what your heart tells you to, ‘aaj se thum mere liye marr gayi’.
Which leaves Saru (Mawra Hocane) to smile, simper, weep. Hesitate. Propitiate. And to look at her stony-faced father (Chowdhary, trying very hard to be a credible South Indian patriarch and failing) who’d rather conduct a wake than understand his daughter’s desires, and wait for his ‘permission’ before she can take a step forward. (Read: Ghayal Once Again, Sanam Teri Kasam to clash at box-office today)
Inder (Harshwardhan Rane, armed with impressive bod, limited expression), who has daddy issues of his own, scowls and growls. The deep hurt caused by his dad is revealed much too late, and much too cursorily. The rest is filled by these two unlikely characters—Inder and Saru—developing feelings, over a brain tumour, impending tragedy, and more tears.
Film starts off when Shivangi (Meera Chopra), a London-based princess from a Rajasthani royal family, goes home to find an exorcist. Her husband is ill and she believes that his body has been possessed by an evil spirit. The only man who can save her is her ex-lover, Jai (Sharman Joshi). He is a shepherd-turned-exorcist. Class and caste differences drove Jai and Shivangi apart, and he paid a heavy price for falling in love with royalty. What happens when Jia arrives to fight the spirit forms the majority of second half after good but obvious twist at interval point.
Film has very common plot but some twists are interesting. Film is also a shining example of lazy writing of an interesting plot idea. Film does not hold any interest after big twist at interval point as thrill continues to be average.
Performance wise, Sharman Joshi is decent but at times he looks disinterested as he goes through the motion. Vishal Karwal as possessed husband is below par. Meera Chopra is actually the only saving grace of the film. She looks good and at the same time she manages to hold the screen with some chills throughout.
Film has inconsistent editing. Background music is cliche and loud. Cinematography is average, production design is apt and costumes fit the bill.
Debutant director Tinu Sursh Desdai looks very inconsistent and he delivers a film which is short on thrills. Film has just one twist at half way point but second half is tiring and unimaginative.
Film will release today and it will get poor reviews and it should get below par opening though it should lead over Sunny Leone film. Film has solid competition in 'Captain America Civil War' and 'One Night Stand' in addition to last week's hit film 'Baaghi'.
Go for this only if you are hard core horror flick addict!