Rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two And Half Stars)
Star cast: Girish Kumar, Shruti Haasan, Randhir Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna, Poonam Dhillon, Satish Shah, Govind Namdeo, Zakir Hussain, Nassar, Anchal Singh, Pankhuri Awasthi
Director: Prabhu Deva
What’s Good: Designed to be an obsessive crowd pleaser this film doesn’t leave any stone unturned to be obviously funny!
What’s Bad: The film tries too hard to be funny, loud and ridiculous, not to mention cliched!
Loo break: Innumerable
Watch or Not?: Ramaiya Vastavaiya is for people who have a taste in juvenile comedy. This Prabhudeva directorial works unabashedly on regular formula of a hero, a heroine and her staunch elder brother. Expect an average entertainer, this one is a stylishly silly, regular masala rom-com that expects you to leave your brains at home!
An Australian born NRI Ram flows down to India to attend his cousin’s wedding and falls in love with her friend Sona. Despite other women eyeing him, her naïve charm makes our hero go gaga on her.
But one insulting scene between his mother and girl’s brother shatters his perfect picture. Now he must impress a conservative and robust brother, who is fiercely protective of his only sister. The film attempts to celebrates the triumph of a love story that must mend a few impossible fractures to win.
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Review: Script Analysis
I would have shamelessly said ‘What Story?’ but that would be unacceptable and so I will care to elaborate on this. This movie is a cross between Salman-Kajol starrer Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and the classic Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. What lacks here is the innocence and elan of those films! The one-liners and gags are simply stupid and leave no impact. The term subtle has no relevance in such films and hence its best you don’t expect it. The gags don’t seem to exhaust themselves as they begin to stench more through its runtime, making it even more tedious to bear with. The heavy borrowing from Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kiya just proves that there is such a dearth of innovation in dishing out old ideas!
Prabhudeva manages to make the story sleek in extraordinary ways but his efforts are half baked as every frame of the films will remind you either of the afore mentioned films. This film is invariably stale with no earnestness that is what fails it.
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Review: Star Performances
Girish Kumar has innocent eyes and that’s all I managed to notice about him. It was bearable sitting through his chimp like acting because he is endearing!
Shruti Haasan is the striking shadow of her mother, in beauty. However, her acting has way to go before it evolves to that! She has a pleasant screen presence to aide her shaky performance which works in her favor.
Sonu Sood is robust and scorching! Yes, it indeed doesn’t match up to the charisma he lent to Chedhi Singh in Dabangg but he is undoubtedly good!
Randhir Kapoor is wonderful as Girish’s father and Vinod Khanna is just as appealing. And both Poonam Dhillon and Satish Shah deserved better roles!
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Review: Direction, Screenplay and Music
Prabhudeva’s signature flamboyance is what the film reeks of. His first tryst with making a romantic comedy is as good or bad as the rest of his repertoire. However, the film lacks the enigma of his previous films, for the obvious lack of actors that colossal. The screenplay is colorful and doesn’t go insipid but the grotesque sense of humor it imbibes could have been avoided. The music is strictly fine and Jaadu Ki Jhappi is what prevails for Prabhudeva’s maverick like dance.
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Review: The Last Word
Ramaiya Vastavaiya is strictly a mediocre entertainer that despite its loud and garish ways manages to hold well. Its childish and regular formulaic affair works if have the appetite for standard entertainer. I am going with 2.5/5. If you lock up your logic, this one will do for you!
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Trailer
Ramaiya Vastavaiya released on 19th July, 2013.
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