By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Prabhu Deva
Cast: Girish Kumar and Shruti Hassan
Ramaiya Vastavaiya hits the screens today all over. The film was being awaited due to one vivid reason – Prabhu Deva, who is the director of this film. Prabhu has delivered two successful movies in Bollywood as a director namely Wanted and Rowdy Rathore. Therefore, the audiences were waiting for another hit from the best choreographer and dancer of south film industry and Bollywood as well. Well, the audiences will have to disappoint this time around since the movie has been made on a time and tested formula of romantic Hindi movies.
Prabhu Deva’s Ramaiya Vastavaiya is an old wine packed in a new bottle and there is nothing else. The main theme of the movie and the story is what we have grown up watching unlimited times on Hindi celluloid. It is a remake of Prabhu Deva’s directorial debut in Telugu titled Nuvvostanante Nenoddatana (2005). The script writer has added some novel sequences into the Hindi remake to make it a present day Hindi movie. The film is the exact replica of Salman Khan’s blockbuster of 1989 Maine Pyar Kiya. The story of the movie walks on the same lines of Maine Pyar Kiya.
Romantic movies are made in higher numbers in Bollywood because of the vivid reason of making business. Most of the time, these movies run well at the box office and often collapse as well when there is nothing to offer the viewers. This is the time and tested successful formula to invest money in and majority of the producers do not want to take chances in investing in other subjects, thus they slip their money into romantic genre.
Kumar Taurani, the producer of this movie, does not seem to take a chance and instead invests into the safe genre of romance. But now all depends on the film’s destiny since there is no novelty in the script. The movie has been presented to the viewers with a lavish packing whereas the content inside is old. Today’s viewer is smart enough to judge the product, thus all depends on the movie’s luck.
Ram (Girish Kumar) returns from Australia. He attends a cousin’s wedding where he bumps into Sona (Shruti Hassan) and falls in love with her instantly. Ram is an affluent guy whereas Sona is not up to his standards. Sona’s authoritarian brother (Sonu Sood) is against this match. He puts a condition (a challenge) to Ram to fulfill it, if he really wants to marry Sona.
Well, you must have understood the entire concept and the story of the movie which is the exact replica of Maine Pyar Kiya in which Salman Khan is a too affluent than the heroine of the film. And he was given the challenge to fulfill by heroine’s father.
Shiraz Ahmad’s screenplay is not novel and is boring. Direction of Prabhu Deva is luminous without any doubt. He makes the viewers sit and watch the film. Music by Sachin-Jigar is melodious and almost all the tracks work big time with the listeners. Cinematography is appealing. Editing is not up to the standards. Action is okay.
Girish Kumar makes a decent debut with this film. He looks innocent and stylish. He has potential and can go far in Bollywood. Shruti Hasaan is fabulous and delivers the goods brilliantly on screen. Sonu Sood is a treat to watch. Supporting cast like Randhir Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon and Vinod Khanna attract as well.
On the whole, Ramiya Vastavaiya is a boring movie with an old subject packed in a lavish wrap. There is no novelty in the subject. Not Recommended