Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and half stars)
Star Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, Urvashi Rautela, Rishi Kapoor
Director: Divya Khosla Kumar
What’s Good: Probably the only thing decent about Sanam Re is its music and its cinematography across locations.
What’s Bad: One of the silliest scripts ever. The premise of Sanam Re itself is weak and filled with loopholes that even a kid can make out.
Loo Break: The entire second half!
Aakash hails from Tanakpur, a small town that has now been abandoned by most youngsters in search of their future. In a bustling city like Mumbai, Aakash is struggling with his job and an irritating boss. Back home, his Daadu (Rishi Kapoor) is now suffering from Alzheimers. Once a famous photographer in town, Daadu is now too old to run his shop and hence Aakash is called upon by his parents for the final settlement of the property.
As Aakash visits his hometown after years, nostalgia takes over. He is reminded of his first love Shruti (Yami Gautam). The childhood sweethearts get separated when Aakash chooses to move to the city for his future over his love.
Due to an office emergency, Aakash leaves for Canada where he has to woo Mrs. Pablo (Urvashi Rautela) for his promotion. His plans go haywire when he meets his long lost love Shruti at the camp.
Will Shruti forgive him and patch up with Aakash?
Sanam Re Review: Script Analysis
Sanam Re is so predictable and done to death that it becomes a yawn fest in the first half itself. It takes off with a party song featuring the director herself. Later we are introduced to a string of unnecessary characters like Aakash’s stupid boss who cracks repetitive jokes which are not even funny. Interestingly, Aakash’s character has enough money to own a sedan and travel to and fro from Canada but none for his rent. The script is written so amateurishly that Aakash’s phone has his Boss’ name as ‘Boss’ on it. What world is this?
His Daddu on the other hand is seen giving life lessons on love. If he had taught him to be professional and competent enough, Aakash would’t have to woo a lady to get his contract. That’s what happens when impressionable minds are served with fairytales.
There are so many loopholes in this story that I would have to sit with a checklist. Like, tell me one person who had to decide his future in one hour. Aakash’s uncle does some ‘jugaad’ and gets him admission in a city college but he has to take the decision of taking the opportunity in an hour. What sort of a jugaad is that?
Urvashi Rautela’s character is the stupidest. She is a divorcee who falls in love with a guy who is trying to use her for her business and is in love with someone else. Couldn’t they have shown her to be a powerful b*tch who now owns her ex-husband’s business? Please stop showing why a woman’s life has no goals if there is no man with her.
There is a big twist in the second half and honestly, you will see it if you can actually sit through till then. And if you do sit through it, you would want to leave after the big secret is out.
Sanam Re Review: Star Performance
Pulkit Samrat does an average job in the film. I don’t blame him, when the script itself is so weak, there is little you can do about it.
Yami Gautam has recently been signed for a solo role opposite Hrithik Roshan and she better pull up her socks. Her performance in Sanam Re is weak.
Urvashi Rautela does not really have role in the film where she needs to act. She is like a showpiece in this film and is seen flaunting her assets in most scenes.
Rishi Kapoor does a little bit of over-acting in his special appearance as Daadu.
Sanam Re Review: Music, Direction
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from Sanam Re considering it comes from the same director as Yaariyaan. It is a pity that such scripts get such huge production costs while non-commercial films with solid material have to beg for financial backing. Divya Khosla Kumar tries hard to present Sanam Re as an intense romantic drama but it turns out to be a tense drama for the audiences. The locations of Leh, Himachal and Canada make up for a great viewing but the story doesn’t. The first half itself is cringeworthy and it is tough not to fall asleep. Probably the inclusion of song every now and then is to wake up those who have dozed off. The music of Sanam Re has been appreciated by quite a few and that’s probably a savior for them.
It is a shame that Divya finds it important for her leading ladies to show skin in spite of them being in minus temperatures. In a chilly Canada, her ladies strut in Bikinis because it is important for their characters to be at least physically appealing if not otherwise.
Even though the film’s run-time is around 2 hours, it feels like we are sitting there forever watching indecisive people chase other across towns in the name of love.
Sanam Re Review: The Last Word
Sanam Re is a yawn-fest from the start. Kudos to you if you survive the entire film. I cannot rate this film more than a 1.5/5!
Sanam Re Trailer
Sanam Re releases on 12th February, 2016.
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