12 November 2015 | By: Writing Buddha

Review: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: No Barjatya effect except huge sets and costumes!!! *½

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         Salman Khan-Sooraj Barjatya combo was returning back in Bollywood after almost 1.5 decades and everyone was excited for the movie- Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as the trailer and songs proved it's a family entertainer. It has been a long time since such family entertainers are made as almost every movie is about action, comedy or some specific issue. The excitement made me watch the first day first show of the most-awaited movie and I don't have words to describe how disappointed I am. Except the sets and songs, there was nothing which described it as The Sooraj Barjatya Movie. It seems as if it was my fault that I expected a lot from the brand- Rajshri Productions because of their previous successes.     

             Frankly speaking, it's very hard for a complete family film to be liked and appreciated by today's audience who have got the habit of watching fast and furious movie where all the actions and fighting sequences take place within 2 hours of time frame. Quite familiar with this, even Sooraj Barjatya added some fight sequences in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo but it still didn't work. As a director, Sooraj himself was coming back after 9 years since the release of Vivaah which was a great movie and also celebrated its Silver Jubilee in many centers owing to which, I was damn sure that a good story and screenplay would be the base of PRDP. But it's such a poor movie with almost hollow story line that by interval you realize that nothing worth watching is happening even in the 2nd half too.

            The dialogues are also so poor and silly that none of them makes you laugh or enjoy. Even the funny characters aren't cracking jokes here. Like Cricket was played in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun which was so genuine and fun then, the football played in PRDP is such a silly and bore that you want to hide your face from the others sitting in the theater that you are actually watching this; even though they are also watching the same. It is that poor! Similarly, the movies presenting double-role characters are always little over-the-top but here, even this formula is wasted. Yes, those scenes are surely magical when you see two Salman Khans on screen at a time but it happens only for 5-7 minutes in the movie which is not enough for the crazy audience who have seen Salman bhai in much great avatars. 

            Coming to the performances, only Salman Khan, Anupam Kher and Armaan Kohli have done the perfect job otherwise everyone is just trying to justify their presence in a Salman Khan movie yet failing badly right from Sonam Kapoor to Deepak Dobriyal to Swara Bhaskar to everyone who was a part of this movie. The climax is of little fun but that's because rest of the movie was so silly that you actually find it interesting. I'll give the movie 1.5 stars out of 5. Watch it in theaters only if you want to witness great sets and costumes otherwise if you are expecting a great story, innocence, the flavor of Barjatya and magical effect of Salman Khan, be at home and watch Bigg Boss. 




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