Star Cast: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar, Deepak Dobriyal, Armaan Kohli and Anupam Kher
Director: Sooraj Barjatya
Producer:Ajit Kumar Barjatya, Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya
Claps For: Salman Khan as 'Prem Dilwala', taking us back to the 90s lane, beautiful and mesmerizing sets
Slaps For: Too many songs, predictable plot
What's New: Some dishoom-dishoom in a Barjatya flick
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: Prem Dilwala ( Salman Khan) is a happy go-lucky man who does Ramleelas and gives away whatever he earns from them to a charitable organization run by a beautiful princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor). Why? Because it was love-at-first sight for him when he had spotted her donating help at a relief camp some years back. On the other hand there is prince Vijay of Pritampur (Voila! It's Salman yet again) who is battling for his life after a murderous attempt made by his step-brother Ajay (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and his Man Friday, Chirag (Armaan Kohli) just a few days before his coronation ceremony. He also has two estranged step-sisters, Chandrika (Swara Bhaskar) and Radhika who have forged all ties with him. By a twist of fate, Prem gets a chance to step into his look a-like's shoes and meet Maithili who is already betrothed to Vijay. Time for this 'Dilwala' to spread some 'Prem Leela' with the help of his friend Kanhaiyya (Deepak Dobriyal) and bring together this 'toota hua parivaar' under one roof because 'har family mein problem hai...par woh khush naseeb hai jinki family hoti hai'.
Performances: Hear the word Salman and the first thing that comes to your mind is his 'Dabangg-giri' and dialoguebaazi. Thus, watching him back as Prem after a long time is indeed a refreshing change! He may not be that 'puranawalla' Prem but you still can't escape from his charms. He bowls you completely in an emotional scene or two so much so that you end up saying, "Prem wapas aa gaya!". His double role is indeed a 'Diwali gift' for all his fans.
His leading lady Sonam Kapoor does a princess act yet again. (Oh God! I have lost my count now). Yes, she does look gorgeous on-screen. But somehow her coy act doesn't leave a lasting impression like previous Rajshri heroines.
Talking about the bad guys, yes you have them in the film or how else will Salman rip off his shirt and flex his muscles? ( Sorry girls, no bare torso this time!). Our hero beats the villains to pulp in a vest. The antagonists- Neil Nitin Mukesh and Armaan Kohli have pulled off their roles well.
Deepak Dobriyal. That man never fails to impress you! However one wished that Swara Bhaskar had a better written role. Her character looks quite underplayed in the film and doesn't give her much chance to display her acting prowess. However we still love you Swara.
We terribly missed our 'Babuji' aka Alok Nath! Instead we have got a 'virgin' Bapu here in the form of Anupam Kher. But then let me tell you one thing- NO ONE can replace our Babuji's sanskars, like NEVER EVER!
Direction: If you are a 90s kid who has grown up on staples of 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun' and 'Hum Saath Saath Hai' then his latest flick too won't disappoint you! The director has lend a few modern touches here and there so that the film doesn't end up looking outdated. Yes, 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' has a lot of prem, sanskaars and maryadas! It is a tale of a dysfunctional family a la Barjatya style. After 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' Salman is yet again a man on mission. All 'Bhai' fans rejoice because this time it is 2 X Salman Khan!
Comparisons are bound to happen when here is a man who has given us 'Maine Pyaar Kiya', 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun' and our quintessential 'Prem'. Fortunately Sooraj Barjatya has still retained some of his 'Midas touch' and it shows in the film. Honestly speaking, the plot is nothing new or a tough nut to crack. But it's his execution of a simple story that strikes a chord with you. Also the lavish and colorful sets with grand palaces are truly spectacular especially the Sheesh Mahal! ( Mr Bhansali..looks like you have got some competition)
On the flip side, yes, the film does get a tad boring towards the climax! But then all's well that ends well. Also 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' has too many songs! Thank God, most of them are a part of narrative and don't put you off to sleep.
Combo-on-offer: Family values+Romance+Action in a typical Barjatya style
Verdict: We give 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' CLAPS for being a complete family entertainer. Been lately watching movies wth your friends? *winks* Well, here's a flick that you catch up with your family instead and take them down the memory lane!