Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Movie Review
Salman Khan is the name that sells at the box office – period! His first movie as main lead was under Rajshri Productions; directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya. Sooraj Barjatya’s and Salman Khan’s duo gave movies which had a few things in common i.e. family oriented tales, b) larger than life lifestyles, c) too many songs, d) star-studded frames and e) happy ending. For an audience which still appreciates such kind of movie (like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and Hum Saath Saath Hain), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a most anticipated movie. Let’s see if PRDP does justice to SRB’s & SK’s combination.
The plot of PRDP is loosely based on Mark Twain’s famous novel The Prince and the Pauper. On the contrary, in India the very first movie to base on the same story was Raja Aur Runk (featured Late Sanjeev Kumar – 1968). With the passage of time, storytelling style and demand of audience the treatment is altered a bit to call it not “an exact copy” of mentioned names. So, let’s skip the story line – it doesn’t matter much in Salman Khan’s movie.
Script wise Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is normal or slightly above the average. Nothing as close to what die-hard audience of Hum Saath Saath Hain and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun would be expecting. Songs don’t stand out, apart from a few and those too aren’t the chartbusters. Even for the title track, minus the Dubsmash videos and repeated promotions; the track still leaves to make it a re-listenable track.
Performance wise, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo rests on SALMAN KHAN’s massive shoulders from start to finish. As Prem, audience sees Salman as a lovable, happy go lucky and effortless individuals; and as Vijay Sigh he is totally different. Anupam Kher (as Dewaan) and Deepak Dobriyal (as Kanhaiya) are first rate. Neil Nitin Mukesh (as Ajay Singh) is actually a filler; more work on his character would have given a better result. Poor Neil is wasted again (if director could brought a decent 25% of what Neil Played in (David and Players). Arman Kohli is efficient.
Sonam Kapoor by no angle looks a princess – enough said. She is a mediocre choice for a Rajshri’s main female lead. Swara Bhaskar is good but she at times looked a lot forced to “act” rather than perform.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo might be a very good movie in the eyes of those who have not actually witnessed and experienced the class of Rajshri’s previous instalments but for a Rajshri fan PRDP is a sort of let-down. The saving grace of the movie are SALMAN KHAN and turns and twists which keep the audience a little engaged in the movie.
I would rate Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2.5/5 stars. PRDP might do wonders at the box office but it won’t be able to leave a mark like Sooraj Barjatya’s and Salman Khan’s previous collaborations.