By Shevaal Singh,
Post the time of avant-garde sagas of love such as ‘Aashiqui2’, ‘Raanjhanaa’ and the latest sensation ‘Lootera’ we are exposed to a typical romantic film that has a narrative which we have seen in countless movies. Once creating those tales of male bravado movies such as ‘Wanted’ and ‘Rowdy Rathore’, Prabhu Deva has done a rational job with ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’, but it has nothing new and unseen.The movie orbits “love” such as sibling love and love between two people who are attracted to each other.
Sonu Sood plays an over-protective brother who takes care of his sister Sona played by Shruti Hassan subsequently to their mother demise. Raghuvir (Sonu’s character) cares deeply for his sister and never lets anybody hurt her. She falls in love with an NRI, Ram played by Girish Kumar whom she meets at her best friend’s wedding. They then go on and start your typical love-hate connection which actually crowns into that head-over- kind of love. Sadly, this doesn’t occur for a long time and then comes the stereotypical separation and the dude’s desperation to prove his love.
Shruti Hassan does not enthral the hearts of audiences with her act and she delivers her dialogues at the same pace and with the same emotion regardless of what the scene requires. Girish Kumar has done a fair job with his debut performance but doesn’t win hearts like debutants of recent times namely Sushant Singh Rajput, Ayushmann Khurana and so forth. Sonu Sood on the other hand does manage to depict a farmer to perfection from his clothes to the way he speaks walks and carries himself throughout this story. Poonam Dhillon (Ram’s mother) plays a woman obsessed with money and her status, while Randhir Kapoor (Ram’s father) who doesn’t have much of a role apart from playing a husband petrified by the very look of his wife. Paresh Ganatra – who plays Bijli walks away with the trophy for his comic timing. As he manages to make the audience laugh each time he makes an entry be it a light hearted scene or emotional.
One more thing that might be slightly different from all the other movies is the new icon of love used in this one. Post the wonderful success of ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’- pigeons were characterised as an icon of love but this flick uses a horse , a mud horse. The costumes and the cinematography are few of the things to watch out for the bright colours, the beautiful yellow flowers and the lush green valley transport you to an altogether new world. As for the songs which are pleasant and they will make you want to tap your feet or fall in love with songs like Jeene Laga Hoon or the feet tapping Jadoo Ki Jhappi which adds colour along with Prabhudeva and Jacqueline Fernandez’s wicked dance moves to this conventional story. This is one of the film’s highlights…
Watch ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ if you appreciate light hearted mushy love stories , finally the movie which is a re-creation of Prabhu Deva’s directorial debut Telugu blockbuster ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’ which was inspired by ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ is not for everyone unless they believe in magical love stories and feel that love can melt the coldest hearts … 6/10 from me!