Friday, 22nd April 12:05 PM IST
poor acting by Meenakshi
Watch it for interesting story idea
Syed Ahmed Afzal made decent debut with 'Youngistaan' and now he is back with a gritty tale of blood mafia.
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.
Rajesh (Akshay Oberoi) is a youngster who is in love with a fellow student Poonam. Poonam on the other hand is money minded and wants a guy who has a good source of income. Rajesh meets Shankar(Randeep Hooda) who runs a illegal blood bank. Shankar also has had a heart break through a punjabi girl (Meenakshi Dixit) whom he still misses. Though initially Rajesh is not aware of Shankars illegal trades, he likes it the instant he comes to know about it and gets involved to earn quick money to impress Poonam. Slowly as the business kicks off, Rajesh starts showing off his money to Poonam.
Poonam who is greedy incites Rajesh to get more and this brings friction between Rajesh and Shankar. The cops who have got the hint of this business are also closing in on the illegal activity lead by a dabang inspector (Rajniesh Duggall). As things start to fall apart the Rajesh starts to play the victim card in front of Poonam. How the illegal activities come to an end and what becomes the fate of Shankar and do Rajesh and Poonam really love each other forms the end of the story.
Film has some really interesting situations but at the same time film does get wayward at times with too much of song and music. Film is hit by poor editing.
Performance wise, Randeep Hooda is very good with right swagger and right emotional quotient. Akshay Oberoi is refreshing and delivers an honest performance. Piaa Bajpai and Rajneish Duggall look perect in Haryanavi attire. Meenakshi Dixit is hardly there.
Film has poor editing. Background music is average. Cinematography is very good, production design is good and costumes are average.
Director Syed Ahmed Afzal continues to bring interesting stories but he is done by poor execution in screenplay department though his honesty to bring a relevant important subject can not be ignored.
Film will release today and it will get decent reviews but it will struggle to get any kind of opening. Film has big competition from Hollywood biggie 'The Jungle Book' even in 3rd week as well as from critical acclaim film 'Nil Battey Sannata'.
Go for this only if you have fetish for ugly people making out in empty cinemas!