Friday, 22nd April 12:35 PM IST
at times too melodramatic
Watch it for some moist eyes and lump in throat
Anand L Rai has given some really interesting hit films in last couple of years and now he is back with one more such films as a producer.
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.
Chanda Sahay (Swara Bhaskar) is a hard-working woman who manages several small jobs to provide for her daughter’s education. She works as a maid and is lucky to have found an employer (Ratna Pathak Shah) who encourages her towards working hard on her daughter’s education. Apeksha (Ria Shukla) is her teenage daughter who has somehow managed to make it to her 10th standard. She is ‘Nil Battey Sannata‘ as they say at Maths. Academically unambitious, Apeksha feels her mother won’t afford her further education and hence stops taking her studies seriously.
Afraid that all her hard-work on getting her daughter interested in studying are going a waste, Chanda is soon advised by her employer to study herself. Chanda enrolls in the same class as her daughter and that starts to irk Apeksha. Will Chanda joining school help her daughter realize her dream is what the rest of the plot is about.
Film has very common plot but handled so beautifully and in most natural way. Film has no high pitch drama or over sensitive approach which are USPs of the film.
Performance wise, Swara Bhaskar is brilliant and might win few awards for such a natural yet effective performance. Pankaj Tripathi is growing in stature as an actor and once again he proves with very different sort of role of principal. Ria Sharma is sweet and endearing and Ratna Pathak Shah is good.
Film has crisp editing. Background music is effective. Cinematography is very good, production design is at and costumes fit the bill.
Director Ashiwni Iyer Tiwari makes an impressive debut and bound to win few awards next year. What makes this film stand out its approach and treatment. There is no depiction of mercy on girl child, there is no forcible emotional situations and displays similarities between life and maths in a very interesting way. And yes climax is superlative!
Film will release today and it will get glowing 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 other release 'Laal Rang'.
Go for this only if you love warm human story!