The month of February has love stories raining at the box office. Ah, it's Valentine nearing afterall! To begin with, this week we have Harshvardhan Rane- Mawra Hocane's 'Sanam Teri Kasam' hitting the silver screens. No, no this one has nothing to do with the 1982 Kamal Haasan-Reena Roy starrer with the same title.
Cast: Harshvardhan Rane & Mawra Hocane
Director: Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru
Producer: Krishna Mukut
Claps: Music, Harshvardhan Rane & Mawra Hocane's subtle chemistry which light up few scenes
Slaps: Wafer thin plot, duration and over dramatic treatment of the film
What's New: A classic case of how to complicate a simple love story with boring twists and turns
Popcorn Interval: Skip a scene or two to refill your popcorn tub and we bet you won't miss much
Plot: The film opens with a scene where people are seen congratulating Inder Parihaar (Harshvardhan Rane) after he wins his first court case as a lawyer. Expect him to throw in a celebratory bash next? Nah..that's just not like our hero! Picking up a bottle of champagne and a glass, he is instead seen venturing towards a tree in his garden which has a name engraved on its bark- 'Saraswati Parihaar'. Woosh..there begins the flashback! Inder is a just-returned-from-jail guy whose life takes a drastic turn when his 'Ugly Betty' neighbour Saraswati aka Saru (Mawra Hocane) drops in at his place one day with a strange request. A series of misunderstandings lead Saru's father into thinking that the two are involved with each other. In a fit of anger he ends up performing last rites of his daughter. What follows next is how this curse seals the fate of Inder and Saru's love story.
Performances: 'Sanam Teri Kasam' is the debut vehicle of both the lead actors. Harshvardhan Rane and Mawra Hocane look promising but the film's monotonous layers doesn't allow them to throw in some shades in their characters. While Harshvardhan has a 'serious look' plastered on his face throughout the film to make him the 'angry young man' with strange tattoos inked on his body, Mawra's oh-so-dumb act on the other hand makes you fidget in your seats after some time. Blame it on the poor script which fails to tap the acting potentials of these two!
To add in some comic relief the makers have roped in Vijay Raaz for a cameo scene and a song but then it only adds to the length of the film.
Direction: In the past Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru have delivered films like 'Lucky: No Time For Love' and 'I Love NY' which hadn't worked their charm at the box office. Their latest offering 'Sanam Teri Kasam' was touted to be a musical tale of love, loss and belonging. However all you get is just some good music minus the other ingredients.
With a runtime of 155 minutes we wish the editing scissors were sharper to prevent the loose ends of the film from testing your patience level. The first half does have some heart-touching moments and a spark of fresh romance. However post interval things go haywire as the plot moves at snail pace so much so that you can even catch a quick wink in between.
Also some dialogues even from the serious scenes draw a laugh from you for sounding too absurd. Sample this- "I love you to the square of infinity". (Ever heard of 'square of infinity'...looks like I might have to brush through some Maths textbooks to decode this mystery!)
Combo-on-offer: Love+ Soap opera drama+ Himesh Reshammiya songs
Verdict: We give 'Sanam Teri Kasam' SLAPS for being a bore-fest. In a nutshell it is a story about a girl who thinks she is the most unluckiest on this earth because no IIT/IIM/MIT guy wants to marry her. The hero on the other hand turns into man-on-a-mission for her but all the time secretly hoping that she falls for him instead. After witnessing this 'love story sealed with a curse' all I could say is 'Haal-e-Dil Mera Pucho Na Sanam'!