‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ review: This Salman Khan movie draws greatly from Barjatya’s preceding work:
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo greatly work, with one glaring difference that is aesthetic: it is not set by him not in houses that folks just like you as well as me live in, or connect to, but in a grand palace.
Coming from the Rajshris, a production house the impact of the movie was cataclysmic. Bollywood found a fresh hero. Salman Khan located his most lasting character in Prem, who shot his ‘dulhaniya’ before Raj. And debutant director Sooraj Barjatya found his metier, and box office success that was mindblowing. From then on, Salman Bhai has basically been parlaying a variation of it, or Prem, and has done when he plays with that man with identical parts brawn-and-heart.
‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, additionally greatly colour-coded via the Ramayan, draws greatly from Barjatya’s preceding work , with one glaring aesthetic difference : he places it not in houses that folks just like you as well as me live in, or link to, but in a grand palace. They’re indistinguishable appearing, and that means you know where this is going from the get go: outside pop the bad step brothers and deluded loyal foot soldiers, step sisters,a pretty princess, a dastardly scheme, and tada, there is your switcheroo.
‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ starts nicely, with Salman being set up as a lively Ram ‘bhakt’ ( again, after ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’) and Dobriyal playing the hero’s-best friend ( recall Laxmikant Berde in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’?). There is a retro Ramayan being enacted, with guys and you also settle down for some enjoyment. But this extended interlude is the sole thing in this with any zing : the remainder of it plays out as an old, overblown rehash of the director’s own pictures ( including ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ which I’m guiltily caring of) embedded in an outlandish, unlikely storyline. ‘Samdhijis’ and ‘mamajis’ and ‘mausijis’ in a Barjatya movie are par for the course, however a consort as well as a king and blinding a glittering glass palace and bling? Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali? There is always room, you assume, for yet another re-envisioning of Ramayan’s million narratives, and the it. A complete quarter century later, Salman is shining, but India is a state that is different. And ‘PRDP’ is all that.
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Armaan Kohli, Anupam Kher, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar
Director : Sooraj Barjaty