Friday, 17th June 12:05 PM IST
Shahid Kapoor is good, Alia Bhatt is average, Diljit is outstanding, Kareena is good, taut direction
below par music, cliche screenplay
Watch it for portrayal of real issues of our times
Abhishek Chaubey directed very interesting 'Ishqiya' followed by rather average sequel. Now he is back with controversial flick on drug abuse.
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 interesting plot. Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is rockstar who is drug addict and you can't ignore his uncanny similarities with Yo Yo Honey Singh. Kumari Pinky (Alia Bhatt) is daily wage labor in agriculture. Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanh) is corrupt cop and Preeti Sahani (Kareena Kapoor) is doctor who is fighting drug menace. How Pinky's life changed when she finds a big quantity of drug and in order to make her life better she tries to sell it for astronomical sum but she ends up in the hands of goons. She is tortured and raped repeatedly while she is dreaming for brighter future in Goa. Tommy Singh goes through heart change in lock up but that lands him up in bigger troubles as he is on the run. Diljit too joins Preeti to fight drugs in state after his won brother beocmes drug addict. How these four characters meet and crossed each pther paths under grim circumstances find the crux of story.
Film has very cliche screenplay despite a good plot. Film remains in realistic mode with slice of life chilling moments due to good direction. Film does hold interest to an extent but some inconsistent writing and cliche situations hold it back.
Performance wise, Shahid Kapoor is good but at times he looks misfit when he tries too hard. Alia Bhatt is very average as she looks happy being de-glam and never brings that intensity or natural touch. Diljit is outstanding as he is natural and super effective with all subtleties in place. Kareena is in top form with her very simple act.
Film has crisp editing. Background music is cliche. Cinematography is perfect, production design is apt and costumes are good. Music is routine.
Director Abhishek Chaubey delivers a compact film in terms of treatment and approach, easily couple of notches better than his earlier efforts. He manages to keep you interested but poor screenplay and choices of commercial actors do stop it from becoming a great film.
Film will release today and it will get superb reviews but it will get average opening at best plus it has some good films at box office to compete with. Film has to cross 50 cr in order to make an impact and that will be some task.
Go for this one if realistic cinema in Bollywood style is your choice!