CAST & CREW
What do you a do when you get to see a film that is consciously constructed on lavish scale dripping in family sentiment continually punctuated, with Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan like, background score that strives sometimes to slip into a television serial?
Salman Khan enacts double roles in this film, namely Prem and Vijay. As Prem Dilwale, he comes as a Ram Bhakt, who is attracted towards the Princess Sonam Kapoor. There are the predictable family bonding of Bharjatyas films in this flick too.
A surprising fact about Rajshri Productions is that they don’t compromise on their not-so-contemporary style of filmmaking but still manage to make their flicks a commercial success. When the entire Bollywood is relying on dirty item numbers Rajshri Productions has come out with a clean family entertainer; this in itself is a significant appreciable aspect of this venture.
A clean comedy. That’s indeed a whiz of fresh air. But there are some common elements in this flick too, just like the previous Rajshri Productions. For example, just like cricket playing a role in Hum Aapke Hain Koun, football has a part in this feel-good film. The character of Prem is etched beautifully in this film. Well, a villain has become an integral part of Bollywood but this film lacks a “good villain. The film manages to convey that the care of your family is indeed a blessing.
Sallu Bhai Ka Charisma Payo Re!!!!! Salman Khan is one actor who is always at his best in Rajshri Productions. To be precise, he is in the safe hands here. He has joined hands with this production venture after a gap of 15 years. And yes, the return is worth the wait.
Every time the movie stutters, Sallu Bhai is always there to rescue. Sallu is such a great pleasure. With earnest eyes, a genial smile and limited range of emotions he carries himself with aplomb. Well at last, I seem to have discovered, that he has seamlessly integrated the Dharmendra brand of clowning (Sholay specifically and in some parts may be Chupke Chupke). Sallu understands his limitations, ensures that his character is well written, taking into account his needs on and off the screen, and leverages the warmth that he can generate to the hilt.And to see Sallu Bhai in moustache is really a treat. Youngsters, are you listening?
Sonam looks ravishingly beautiful in some of the sequences, sometimes reminding of the most graceful Waheeda Rehman.Neil Nitin Mukesh is sure a good actor but in this film he has less screen space.
Swara Bhaskar has done a neat job.
Anupam Kher has done full justice to his role.
1. The comedy in the film is appealing.
2. The typical grandeur of Rajshri Productions surprisingly doesn’t bore you. Excellent costumes and horse carriages make you feel as though you want to experience it.
3. The riot of colours combined with the cinematography of V Manikandan imbued a sense of pleasantness to the narrative.
4. Some of the songs (music composed by Himesh Reshamaiya) are wonderful.
What’s not there?
1. The story is in predictable lines and as befitting a Rajshri Productions, it is the win of good against evil. But this is not a major fault.
2. The plot could have been executed better, to suit to the contemporary audience.
3. Generous editing up to 35-40 minutes could have made this rehash a magical experience.
4. There are plethora of songs in this film that is quite an impediment to the flick.
One always thought Sallu was not the smartest of the three Khan’s.Well, that does not seem to be the case.His needs off the screen appear to be dictating his scripts.While he had Bhajrangi Bhaijaan helping build public opinion well up for him, Prem Dilwala is a Ram Bhakt again, and from Ayodhya!!!, is surely bound to help him bolster his image a wee bit.
Jai Ram Ji Ki!!!
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