Friday, 1st April 00:05 PM IST
inconsistent direction, slow at places
Watch it for entertainment with fresh perspective
R Balki has given some interesting films i.e. 'Paa', 'Cheeni Kum' and 'Shamitabh'. Now he is back with official remake of Korean hit film 'A Man From Nowhere'.
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.
In the film, role of the woman and the man are refreshingly reversed. Right at the start, you're told through a convoluted monologue that Kia doesn't want to be a man's `support system.' So when she meets the sentimental Kabir, who doesn't aspire to be like his billionaire-builder father, instead wants to be like his homemaker-mother, you're ready for the sparks. Kia downs expensive scotch with Kabir who is three years her junior. Soon, he proposes marriage and even agrees to wear the mangalsutra!
Her mother (Swaroop Sampat) is in tandem with their thought process, his father (Rajit Kapur) is aghast. He wants his son to do a "chaddi check'' to find out if he is `alright.' After all, which man wants to stay home and live-off his wife, the boorish dad asks.
But Ki and Ka are blissful. Post marriage, they're happy canoodling. He cleans, cooks and cares for her; she earns, yearns and yells at him.
Over time, the role reversal puts the spotlight on Kabir. Though many continue to view him as an aberration, few also want to emulate him. Kabir becomes fodder for gossip, the hero for commercials and women's-day seminars. He even finds admirers in the Abhimaan couple Jaya and Amitabh, who show up in a cute cameo!
Film has some really funny light hearted moments and impressive performances. Film has fresh writing and screenplay is good. Film drags at times but then comes back on track.
Performance wise, Arjun Kapoor is top notch and delivers nuanced act. His scenes in 2nd half towards end will give you lump in throat and you might end up clapping too, first grade! Kareena Kapoor looks inspired and natural beautiful after long time. Amitabh and Jaya are endearing in sweet cameo. Ranjit Kapoor and Swaroop Sampat are natural.
Film has some funny situations and refreshing screenplay. Film has crisp editing. Background music is average. Cinematography is very good, production design is perfect and costumes are average.
Director R Balki delivered some really impressive films and he is kind of expert in making films with out of the box concept. He mends his ways after disaster 'Shamitabh' as he pulls out an entertainer with novel concept.
Film will release today and it will get decent reviews and it should record good opening. Film has little competition so it should trend well. Film should come out as winner.
Go for this for roller coaster entertaining and emotional ride!