Prabhu Deva’s new rom-com starring Girish Kumar and Shruti Haasan is uncannily similar to Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. Yes, the story is a tried and tested formula from the ’90s but fails to create the same magic
After directing two out-and-out action films – Wanted and Rowdy Rathore – Prabhu Deva has made Ramaiya Vastavaiya, a family entertainer with a few good comic punches and some fine performances. The only glitch – and it is a very big one – is that the story is predictable from start to finish. Add a dash of Sooraj Barjatya’s Maine Pyar Kiya and a bit of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to Salman Khan starrer Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and voila! you have the story.
Newbie Girish Kumar plays a happy-go-lucky chap who is the only son of a business tycoon from Australia. He is boisterous, super rich and loves flirting. His parents Randhir Kapoor and Poonam Dhillon aren’t a problem, till their son falls in love. So clichéd! Shruti Haasan is a simple village girl who lives with her bade bhaiya Raghuvir, played by Sonu Sood. Sonu is a very hard working, self-made man who dotes on his only sister. Yes, we saw the same pyaar between brother and sister in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, remember?
So the film is about Girish Kumar (Ram) and Shruti Haasan (Sona), two completely different individuals who eventually fall in love. Ram comes to India to attend his cousin’s wedding and that’s when he meets Sona, his cousin’s best friend. Initially the duo doesn’t get along, but by the interval they end up feeling ‘something-something’ for each other. But what is love without obstacles, separation and some melodrama, right?
Enter Poonam Dhillon (Ashwini), who can’t stand the fact that her son has fallen for a poor girl. She wants Ram to marry a rich lass and therefore insults Sona and her brother and throws them out of the house. All this drama takes place in the absence of Ram, obviously. The brother-sister return to their village and are back to living their normal life. So what happens next? Well, even if we didn’t reveal this, you could figure it out. Yes, Ram comes running after his lady love, leaving his aisho-aaram ki zindagi. He confesses to Raghuvir that he wants to marry his sister. Here’s when Sonu turns on his ‘angry brother’ switch and puts forward a condition which he thinks will drive the crazy-in-love young man away! But Ram takes up the challenge and wins it too. And there you have your ‘happily ever after’ ending.
The supporting actors Randhir Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon and Vinod Khanna play their parts well. Girish is impressive and is surprisingly bang on with his comic timing. Shruti does a decent job, but has a long way to go before she establishes herself as a bankable star. Sonu as the angry brother is convincing and gives a sober performance in the film. All in all the movie is strictly okay and a one time watch, but only if you can’t get enough of those typically romantic Hindi films.
Lastly, the desi item number featuring Jacqueline Fernandez is a treat to watch, especially ‘coz dancing sensation Prabhu Deva himself jumps in and shakes his booty with the B-town babe!
Reviewed by Namrata Thakker
**** Very good