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Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)

Star Cast: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar

Director: Sooraj Barjatya

What’s Good: The beautiful sets truly make this film a royal fairy-tale. Salman’s Prem act of comedy with emotions works well.

What’s Bad: The film is flooded with songs and unfortunately they are not great fun to watch. Sonam Kapoor’s ‘Rajshri’ girl act fails too.

Loo Break: For Songs about Chakli- Chivda- Yes!

Watch or Not?: If you want to relive the HAHK times, this could be your pick. There is everything you will find in a Rajshri film and hence it will appeal to you only if you are a fan of their films which are all about values, traditions and love for one’s family.

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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo takes off from the holy city of Ayodhya with the pious background song of ‘Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo’ which is something we associated with quite early on ever since the title of the film was declared. Soon, we meet Prem Dilwala (Salman Khan), a happy-go-lucky ‘Ram Bhakta’ who performs for the Ram Leela shows in quite a contemporary fashion. He is smitten by Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) whom he first meets at a flood relief camp and ever since makes sure to send donations to her NGO, Uphaar trust. Prem’s partner and friend is Kanhaiyya (Deepak Dobriyal) who knows about Prem’s craze for Maithili and doesn’t approve of it much.

Prem learns that Princess Maithili will be travelling to a close by town, Pritampura for her fiance’s ‘Tilak’ ceremony and decides to travel all the way to meet her. On the other side, we learn about Yuvraaj Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) who is the prince, Maithilli is getting married to. The Yuvraaj a short tempered and a man of less words. His family is going through a strenous time as his younger brother Aajay Singh (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and his sisters Chandrika (Swara Bhaskar) and Radhika are having property fights with him.

Soon, Ajay Singh plans to get his brother out of his way and plans his accident. Vijay Singh gets severely injured and is kept in a secret facility by Diwan Saab (Anupam Kher) who is a loyal worker of the King. To save Vijay, Diwan plans to present Prem in disguise as the would-be-King.

Will Prem solve all problems for Vijay and bring his family together and will Maithili fall for Prem or Vijay is what entails ahead.

Sonam Kapoor and Salman Khan in a still from movie 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo'
Sonam Kapoor and Salman Khan in a still from movie ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: Script Analysis

One thing one must accept with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is the fact that it may not relatable for the times we live in but that does not necessarily make the entire story obsolete. The presentation may be outdated but I have to agree, it has been long since I have watched a film that is clean when it comes to it’s content. It is a breather to watch a film minus those dirty item songs and that is one thing what makes this film watchable.

Coming to the script, the little comical elements in the film work well but the melodrama completely kills those fun parts. Story wise, it is quite predictable and like most Rajshri films, there is always the win of good over evil show. Also just like Hum Aapke Hai Koun had Cricket as the family game, here we see Prem bringing the family together with a Football game. The exchange of dialogues in ‘Shuddh’ Hindi is a common trait in all their films but luckily in this one we see a little cooler version of it. Prem’s character is written with a lot of Prem and hence it is impossible to not like him. Anupam Kher’s character too appeals.

What the story lacks in creating is a good villain. The character of Armaan Kohli is too caricaturish and almost impossible to bear with his act.

Also, the story seems quite unreal when it shows the mending of broken or scarred relations with such ease. Maithili’s character too seems quite flawed as on one hand, we are shown that she is quite a confident and contemporary princess, her behavior as the fiancee seems quite contrasting.

The climax is the weakest portion for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. While you know what the end is, if only it had been made with a little different touch, the film would have been much better. The unrealistic end brings out the film’s ‘unrelatable’ element even more.

All in all, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a family drama that has loads of drama.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: Star Performance

Salman Khan succeeds in his comeback as Prem. His character of Prem Dilwala seems full paisa wasool as he is funny yet emotional. We rarely see Salman express emtions like this and well, that’s when you are reminded that this is a Rajshri film. As prince Vijay SIngh too, he shows a decent transition and his stern look with the moustache is certainly impressive. The film is a sure shot treat for any Salman Khan fan.

Sonam Kapoor seems a complete misfit for the role. It would be a crime comparing her to any other Rajshri actress. She lacks the charm that the character needs and well, her emotional dialogue delivery turns out a complete mess.

Deepak Dobriyal does a fine job as Kanhaiya and brings out good comic moments in the film.

Neil Nitin Mukesh is not a bad actor but his character gets quite a small screen space and hence we don’t get to see much of him.

Armaan Kohli as the antaonist is extremely funny and I am not just talking about his styling but his dialogue delivery too, He is hamming in majority of the scenes and well, he should be happy to even be a part of such a big film, let alone act well in it.

Anupam Kher is brilliant as Diwan Saab. His composed act and the camaraderie with Salman’s character is a principal highlight in the film.

Swara Bhaskar as Chandrika, gets a small role but she emotes well and fits the bill.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: Music, Direction

Sooraj Barjatya is back after a hiatus and well, we are quite surprised with his attempt with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Even though the film is just like his other films, it is quite low on the otherwise loaded saccharine content in it. Even as he brings to life Salman’s most loved character Prem back, he is not the utter shy always blushing type. This Prem is smart, talks full on filmy and is a fun watch.

For direction, one needs to give full credits to Barjatya for making it look so grand. The sets look stunning and kudos to the production and art direction team for making the impact of royalty extremely well. The presence of horse carraiges and the beautiful costumes are quite a treat to the eyes.

As far as the music goes, we could have expected something better. There are too many songs in the film and it is quite disturbing since not all of them are hummable. If only, he would have cut down on a few, the film’s run-time could have been saved. 2 hours 45 minutes is a long tirade for a family drama!

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: The Last Word

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is not everyone’s cup of tea! It is a family watch and best for those who love to watch happy endings with emotional undertones. This is a typical Rajshri affair so watch it only if you can digest it. I am going with a 3/5 for the film.

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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo releases on 12th November, 2015.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. let sonam stick to the catwalk
    after dolly, this was her saving grace
    how could rajshri not have chosen soem! else?
    due respect, sonam is stunning,
    but the crux is acting, and in that depoartment, she is somewhat lax
    is she going the same route as parineeti, alia andf sonakshi-who have delivered duds lately?

  2. Its a good movie….must watch with your family, especially brothers and sisters with there parents….
    Don’t miss it , rest you loose a lot…..
    5*5 rating

  3. Hii . Just read your review of PRDP . I appreciate you as a critic . You did your job well
    Now come to the topic .
    I agree one thing that No Grand Villianism . May be sonam Kapoor looks little unfit .
    But
    In your last word you are written this is not for all . Watch it if you can digest it. But Tell me in details why this film is not for everyone . Why this is only for family film .
    In one line its ORIGINAL INDIAN FILM & ITS INDIA’S SPECIAL THING . not pyar ka punchnama or hate story is

    Thank You

  4. a movie is really superb which based on family entertainment, after a long time a family movie came into a big screen. thanks to salman nd suraj

  5. I can’t understand why he says it

    If u can digest it then u watch ?

    It’s a complete family melodrama
    And we have watch 2 a complete family
    And many more time these types of movies comeback…
    Mohar basu such a great person for a great review…
    I think it’s not a familiar person so why we could?

  6. Its a great movie & watchable by everybody..complete family movie with a clean heart, Now a days we cant find this typ of movies.I ll go for it again. & Sonam is looking very beautiful & i love her act, i find her more beautiful in dis one.

  7. Do not waste your money. This is a flop movie. I had not expected a movie like this from Salman & Sooraj. Sooraj is just wanting to encash the brand power of Salman but this is not a good script. Boring movie, watch it at your own risk.

  8. the story of movie was not so good, but theirs characters have played very well specially sister role of “radhika” is very well and i really appreciate such type of emerging actress. so from my side i would like to give the special thanks to Aashika bhatia

  9. I’m from Bangladesh. Just watched PRDP. I’m die hard fan of SRK. Before that I was Salman’s fan. His Bajrangi makes me again his fan also. Nonetheless I became also Aamir’s fan. Now I’m fan of 3 khans. PRDP is a really entertaining. Anupam Sir is Great. Sonam is Fabulous, has done a great acting. Need not say about Salman. Hope all success of PRDP’s team.

  10. I am from Nepal and Its too good to watch.. Initially some continuous song make me sad but after some time the movie pick the story and from that part it is too fabulous.

  11. really… are you guys taking money for giving good reviews? SRK, Salman, Aamir all giving shittty movies and you guys give them 3-4 stars when they don’t deserve even 1 star…. You guys are making them to produce these faaltu 100-300 crore movies… go and watch pogo… better for you…

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