Sanket’s Review : Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

PremRatanDhanPayoFor a film that dodges between romance and family ethics, its not easy to hold your attention without taking the conventional melodramatic route. So with a narrative that’s over-exploited ample times in Bollywood, much of it coming from Rajshris, PRDP emerges a film which is only occasionally watchable.

The film sets the momentum with ease thanks to the goofiness of Barjatya’s chief character played by Salman. But as and when the story unfolds, one realizes there’s very little innocence to the film’s screenplay because a lot of focus is plodded to make it a twisted and tangled family drama rather than connective family emotions.

The second half sure has some sparks especially with the brother and sisters bonding taking a peak with the convoluted but engaging football match. But the film comes to a standstill in last half and hour where the scenes start feeling overtly elaborated and never ending. The climax is particularly cringed and takes the film down.

However some of the melodious songs and couple of terrifically shot songs takes the film one up. “Jalte Diye” and the title song stands out whereas “Aaj unse milna hain” and “Jab tum chaaho” are good for ears. But then one can’t overlook the wrong placements of songs at lot of places.

The film’s grand outlook complements the world that the film lives in. The cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful. Although it’s the film’s clunked dialogues that spills more blood than its predictable and dragged screenplay. Barjatya does have his signature moments sprinkled in small bits but one definitely can figure out that the vintage Barjatya is somewhere hidden which this film didn’t bring out.

Salman is extremely comfortable in comedy but his performance falls apart when he tries to emote deep sentiments which partly is also because of a poor writing. Sonam Kapoor does charm you in some scenes and her flamboyance suited her character too. Anupam Kher is fairly good and Swara Bhaskar gets few good moments too. Rest of the cast are placed in forgettable parts.

PRDP is a film that has likeable outer layer in terms of its affluent look, beautifully shot songs and comical moments, but its inner layer – the emotions, the relevance is all just too uninteresting to hook you for 170 long minutes.

Rating – 2/5


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