Salman Khan is back with his long time collaborator, Sooraj Barjatya to give a Rajshri style family drama. Though Sallu Bhai was quite good in his “Prem” avatar, the film however was a tad bit too old-fashioned and worn out to leave a serious mark on the audiences. Bollywood has undergone a massive change since the last time people flocked in to watch Salman Khan portray Prem in a Sooraj Barjatya film. In “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, Salman gets to play a double role which we knew quite well from the trailers of the film.

The film however is filled with all of the stuff you expect from this sort of a film. Prem Dilwale (Salman Khan) is a huge fan of Princess Maithili and goes to meet the Princess at her fiance Prince Vijay’s coronation in Pritampur but due to some sinister work by the Prince’s brother Ajay (Neil) and relative Chirag (Armaan), a tragedy strikes. As Vijay suffers their violent assault, Pritampur’s Diwan (Anupam) asks Prem to play Vijay’s part – and protect Maithili.

What will happen between Maithili and Prem? What will happen when Vijjay wakes up?

Salman Khan is a fine actor as we all know and he gets to fully showcase his skills as two very contrasting characters within a single film. As Vijay, Salman shows off some some grit and seriousness while as Prem, we get to see Sallu bhai in a very cheeky and a sweet role. Sonam Kapoor carried herself elegantly as a Princess and had her moments in the film but there was nothing special in her acting ability to be impressed about. Neil Nitin Mukesh as Ajay and Swara Bhaskar as Rajkumari Chandrika were decent enough but the script didn’t do them any justice.

At times some of the scenes made absolutely no sense at all. A case in point was when one of the main characters of the film was getting treated in a dungeon. Another one asks: “Why don’t we shift him to some hospital with security?” Diwan Jee says, “We can’t trust anyone,” which translates into ‘go take a walk haters, and don’t leave your logic behind’. Dancing Halwais and a feudal football match make really no attempt to move the narrative forward either but rather make the story even less interesting.

Another big Problem is the length of the film which is far too long for the audience of this generation. Nearly 3 hours of a rather average affair seems like an eternity for a lot of people but not Salman fan’s.

Himesh Reshammiya’s music is a decent one and compliments the narrative of the film but there isn’t a single track which can be called a chart-buster.

If someone wants to take a time machine and go back to the bygone era of Sooraj Barjatya’s family drama saga starring Mr. Salman Khan then maybe this movie is made for you. Yes! it has all the ingredients of a classical Bollywood “Masala” film like some romance, good old fashioned family conspiracies, some tea-jerking moments and a colourful and a grand canvass on which the film is made on. But the script has too many flaws to even mention and the narrative is not that much intellectually compelling enough either. Though one thing is certain that Salman Khan will not disappoint anyone with his comeback as Prem but the film might.

Rating 2.5/5



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