Friday, 12th February 11:55 AM IST
SANAM RE Is Musical Romance With No Emotions Or Depth
pathetic performances from lead pair, uninspiring screenplay, poor direction
Watch it if you are die hard romantic flick junkie
Divya Khosla Kumar has very peculiar career graph. She made debut as an actress 10 years back opposite Akshay Kumar in 'Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon'. Later she made her directorial debut with surprise earner 'Yaariyan' mainly due to hit music and now she is back with another romantic musical.
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.
The movie between the songs is an eminently disposable love triangle between Akash (Pulkit Samrat), Shruti (Yami Gautam) and Aakanksha (Urvashi Rautela). Akash and Shruti meet as children, but as per a prediction by Akash’s grandfather (Rishi Kapoor), they will be together forever but will never be a couple.
The answer to whether this prophecy is fulfilled is delivered after a torturous journey that involves Akash’s workplace tensions, a yoga camp in Alberta in Canada, and many songs in which Samrat sheds his shirt in an imitation of his self-declared hero, Salman Khan. Despite numerous plot twists, the two-hour duration feels as stretched as Samrat’s movie star ambitions. Every now and then, a song that might be better viewed on YouTube shows up to relieve the tedium.
Film has too many songs and actors looks good but act bad. And on top of that cheesy dialogues and poor screenplay make it even worse.
Performance wise Pulkit Samrat is again in bad form where he is busy looking good but no effort in acting department. Yami Gautam tries to bring honesty in her performance but she fails due to lack of depth in her character as its just melodramatic. Urvashi Rautela does best what she does always, showing off her body without any effort to act. Rishi Kapoor is tacky in cameo and so is other supporting cast.
Film has contrived screenplay and pathetic dialogues. Film has below average editing. Music is good but then there are so many songs that it really gets on nerves. Cinematography is superb, production design is below par and costumes are apt.
Director Divya Khosla Kumar has delivered again an average film full of melodious songs but she is hit by bad actors. With better actors, she could had made a better film.
Film released today and it will get average to below par reviews but it will get opening due to hit music and mass appeal. Film has clash at box office with urban romantic flick 'Fitoor' but it shoudl easily surpass that challenge.
Go for this one if routine love story is your cup of tea!