Friday, 18th March 10:55 AM IST
Rajat Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra sleepwalk, story and screenplay seem tiresome after initial half an hour
Watch it for fun filled modern family drama
'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' was debut film of Shakun Batra and that film did average business at box office but garnered decent critical acclaim. Now Shakun is back with urban family drama which has interesting cast.
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 has age old plot of family dramas. Estranged brothers Rahul Kapoor (Fawad Khan) and Arjun Kapoor (Siddharth Malhotra) are forced to return to their childhood home when their 90-year-old grandfather Amarjeet Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor) wants to see them, then gets a heart attack. While living under one roof, family secrets unravel and misunderstandings are on the verge of turning into tragedy. Rahul and Arjun both fall in love with the same girl Tia Singh (Alia Bhatt), which is where the problem starts. This problem adds a great disturbance between the two. In addition to all this we have fighting parents (Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak).
Film has entertaining drama and has some real funny situations and couple of good songs. Film has uninteresting writing and screenplay is boring. Film drags as it falls for either cliches or trying too hard to be coll types dialogues.
Performance wise, Fawad Khan is top notch with his restrained, intense yet effective act. Alia Bhatt delivers an honest performance despite some hiccups in emotional scenes. Siddharth Malhotra looks jaded and brings nothing new to table and this is his 2nd poor show after 'Brothers'. Rajat Kapoor sleepwalks throughout but Ratna Pathak Shah is brilliant. Rishi Kapoor is superb.
Film has good urban dialogues but jaded screenplay. Film has crisp editing. Background music is average. Cinematography is very good, production design is perfect and costumes are apt. Film is superbly shot.
Director Shakun Batra has done very good job as he keeps the film tight and emotionally right despite not so good written material.
Film will release today and it will get decent reviews and it should record good opening. Film has solo release status so good reviews can take it to new heights but big cricket matches throughout the week will thwart it progress especially the India - Pakistan match on Saturday.
Go for this one for an entertaining times in cinema!