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Dilwale / Vijay Singh), Sonam Kapoor (Maithili), Neil Nitin Mukesh (Ajay),
Anupam Kher (Diwan), Armaan Kohli (Chirag), Swara Bhaskar (Chandrika), Aashika Bhatia
(Radhika), Deepak Dobriyal (Kanhaiya), Sanjay Mishra (Choubey), Sameer
Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya
Company: Rajshri Productions
Payo was a
much awaited film by Sooraj Barjatya. Prem is back. Today, I realized that, I
am also Sooraj Barjatya’s fan. I have loved his earlier movies viz. Maine Pyar
Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Sath Sath Hain, Vivah etc. Sooraj’s USP is to
show movies with family values, where individuals grow beyond their
self-interest. He does project characters with a bit of grey shades, but
dwells more upon the positivity, feel-good factors in his films. It could be
possible that everybody may not like Sooraj’s movies. I have always loved the
feel of his movies and I must admit that I loved Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as well. At
the same time I will not shy away from saying that this film is far-fetched
from reality. The film has larger than life canvas, a grand palatial palace, extravagant
sets, songs, predictable plot etc. The hero, who gets injured after falling from height, can stand up on his feet with a small bandage on his back within a span of 4-5 days – how is it possible? The villain, who can go to the extent of attempting
murder of his family member, can repent and reconcile on the spur of a moment,
which definitely is not so convincing.
There is as such no suspense at all in the film. The film uses the formulae of
conflicts within the family members, efforts to set things right, clear
distinction between black and white, reunite the estranged family members etc. The
reasons for the enmity, vengeance by the family members were not properly established,
which leaves the audience with a disconnect. I was also forced to think that
why Salman in his all latest movies is shown as a devotee of God as well as he
is shown to be standing for a cause. Is it intentional? In spite of all these
factors, the thought after watching Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is “So What!!!” This film could
bring smile on lot of faces. Indeed there are moments of joy, laughter, values,
family togetherness etc.
with Dilwalon ki Ramleela. Chaubey ji (Sanjay Mishra) organizes this Ramleela,
who does not have any qualms in making his Ramleela team compromise with inferior
materials, shoes etc. The only person, whom he listens to is Prem (Salman
Khan). Prem makes a grand entry into the Ramleela venue. Prem collects a part
of his income for donating it to a charitable foundation Uphaar. The connection
between Prem and Uphaar is Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor), whom he had seen while
rescuing flood victims. Prem was instantly infatuated with Maithili. He
discusses his desire with his friend Kanhaiya (Deepak Dobriyal) to meet her and
both of them decide to go to Delhi where she runs her Uphaar foundation. Later,
when Prem comes to know that she is coming to Pritampur for the coronation of
her fiancée Yuvraaj Vijay singh, he decides to go there.
Pritampur, where preparations are on for the coronation of Yuvraaj Vijay Singh (Salman
Khan in double role). Diwan (Anupam Kher) suggests Yuvraaj Vijay Singh that his
two sisters should go to station to welcome and receive princess Maithili and
that is when audience gets the feel that there is conflict within the family.
On Diwan’s insistence, Vijay Singh goes to meet his two estranged sisters
Chandrika (Swara Bhaskar) and Radhika (Aashika Bhatia). Chandrika is not ready
to interact with Vijay Singh without her lawyer Mr. Bhandari’s presence. Vijay
walks out and on his way back, he falls prey to the pre-planned conspiracy and gets
badly injured in an attack. While he fights his life’s battle in a secret
segment of the royal fort, Prem and Kanhaiya are spotted by Vijay Singh’s close
aide and brought to Pritampur. And the suspense is lifted that Vijay’s younger
step brother Ajay (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is behind this conspiracy. Diwan plans to
bring Prem and Kanhaiya to the fort as Vijay Singh and as an esteemed
thereafter? How Prem moulds himself in Vijay Singh’s role? Is he able to leave
his mannerisms of a nautankiwala and become a sophisticated prince Vijay Singh.
Is he able to generate seeds of love in Maithili’s heart? Is he able to reunite
Vijay’s estranged step sisters – Chandrika and Radhika and bring them back to
fort? Is he able to ignore his own love for Maithili for Vijay’s sake? What
happens to Maithili and Prem’s love? What happens, when Maithili comes to know
that she is loving Prem who is not the real Prince Vijay Singh? Does the family
unite together ever, if yes, how? How does Prince Vijay react and respond to
the changes which Prem has brought in? Maithili decides to choose whom- Prem or
Vijay? Is Prem able to sacrifice his love for Maithili? Watch the film.
in every frame, which definitely sets the entertainment quotient of the film.
Whether it is Prem’s child-like mannerisms or Vijay’s serious character, Salman
is effortless. Sonam looks pretty and fits the character of Princess Maithili. The
chemistry between Salman-Sonam may not be as good as Salman-Madhuri or
Salman-Bhagyashree, but they both look good together. Neil Nitin Mukesh has
justified his character as an angry step brother. Swara and Aashika have also
justified their characters, although I felt that Swara could have been explored
more since she is a talented actress. Anupam Kher has played his character of
Diwan with very much ease. Deepak as Kanhaiya has definitely done his bit. Arman
Kohli fits into his villainous character. Rest of the cast is also ok. This is
completely Salman Khan’s film. Rest of the characters have less screen-time.
Especially, I felt that Deepak’s character could have been given more screen time,
who usually displays perfect comic timing. Salman-Anupam Kher (Prem-Diwan)
interactions give lot of humour moments.
songs are just average, Jalte Diye, Jab tum chaho are good. The set is well
built, especially the Palace and Sheesh Mahal are very good.
treat to Salman Khan fans through his style of film-making. Sooraj has done what
he is best at. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is indeed an entertainer in spite of its predictable
plot and his typical formulae of family based movies in an opulent manner. Prem
Ratan Dhan Payo has its own moments of entertainment.