Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - External Reviews

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Would it have worked if it were shorter? Naah, it would have been as tedious and boring.

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29 reviewers have given Prem Ratan Dhan Payo an average rating of 2.2/5.0 (?)

8 yays
11 nays
10 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Frankly, spending so much time writing such a long review is in itself giving more credit than is due to this half-baked, lifeless, low-IQ film with its juvenile humour and family politics that resembles circumstances in the cheapest saas-bahu soaps now running on Hindi fiction TV. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...We look at the actors – indie names like Deepak Dobriyal (in the Laxmikant Berde part), Sanjay Mishra, Swara Bhaskar – and think they’ve been cast for a reason. But they’re just filling out chalk-outline parts. It’s like hiring Arnold Schwarzenegger to lift your laptop bag. Only Anupam Kher, as the faithful family retainer, gets something to do. And of course, Salman Khan. If nothing else, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo makes a compelling case for his stardom... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO is the perfect Diwali entertainer for the entire family. The film will win abundant love [prem], while its investors will reap a harvest [dhan], making it a memorable Diwali for all concerned. This one’s a record-smasher — scoring from East to West and from North to South, scoring at plexes as well as single screens, scoring at metros as well as non-metros, scoring in the domestic market as well as in the international arena. B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R! ... full review

So-So by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...Sooraj Barjatya should never be blamed for believing in the goodness of the nineties and incorporating it in today’s cinema. But what needs to be blamed is that he still sticks to the old style film-making and expects the audience to accept it. That’s where Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as a film fails. What could have been Salman Khan’s sweetest Diwali gift to his fans turns out to be so depressing that you wait for this festival to get over asap! If you are a true Salman Khan and have patience to bear melodrama for more than 3 hours, go enjoy the challenge! ... full review

So-So by BIPRORSHEE DAS, BookmyShow ...Prem Ratan Dhan Payo will not be the best bhai movie you’ll have watched or even the best Rajshri movie for that matter. There are several problems with the movie; whether it is the hackneyed storyline or mediocre performances but you’ll do well to give this a watch because you know like every Rajshri movie, this one has a heart too and it is in the right place. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...PRDP does not even pretend to have a coherent screenplay and when there’re two Salman Khans why bother about a proper story? So Vijay Singh is the proud, tradition-bound prince whose coronation is a few days away, when there is an assassination attempt on him. He is travelling in a chariot, by the way, not one of his vintage cars. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mehak Khurana , Desi Martini ...Verdict - Salman Khan is back as Prem and he's as endearing as ever! ... full review

Thumbs up by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...Verdict - such a long journey for Prem&Barjatya,sometimes the journey is our Desi ghee destination ... full review

Thumbs down by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ...Verdict - A bland and banal, if not unbearable ode to the institution of family. ... full review

Thumbs down by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Verdict - A colossal bore with a script fit for an Ekta Kapoor serial! ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameen Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Verdict - salman infuses life intermittently into this otherwise dead horse of a film ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...PRDP is a must-watch for all Salman fans and will be best enjoyed with your family. Because no family film gets bigger than this one! ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Despite its flaws, PRDP manages to entertain you. It's long yes, and most of its story is almost too sentimental. But then it works, especially if you like family dramas with a dash of style and humour. This is definitely worth a watch. ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...For all those who think Sooraj Barjatya is the master of the ‘family’ film, it’s time to think hard, again It’s all very well for the Rajshri’s to hide behind the filmy facade of happy families but it does little good for an audience that is searching for a connect even in such oblivious offerings. Frankly, it’s high time they came out of their ‘favorite’ hiding place and made something a little more accessible ,compelling and enjoyable! ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...It's a pity that Sooraj Barjatya never exploits the negative aspect of the movie for which he has incorporated Neil Nitin Mukesh. That could have given the film some substance. He gives Neil no screen time nor does he build up his role. With 174 minutes at his disposal, Barjatya does no justice to this talent. However, Neil does manage to impact whenever he comes on screen. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...The trouble with PRDP is, fun-filled scenes turn into tearjerkers in a moment, and you don’t know what’s hit you. It has everything a quintessential Hindi ‘masala’ family film would crave for. But take our advice: Go with a full packet of tissues, you will need all of them. To me, PRDP stands for ‘Poor Rich Devout People.’ ... full review

So-So by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...Alas, the predictable plotting and the lazy characterization never really allow you to be invested in any of the film's characters or to even care for them. Make no mistake, Salman Khan is the sole draw of this film, and he works hard for his top billing. The actor is in good form - terrific in the comic scenes, and earnest in the emotional ones - turning on the charm to help you survive, and even enjoy, this nearly 3 hour film that's crammed with songs, and over-styled to a fault. ... full review

So-So by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...In all, the film works for both Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya's specific audience bases. While a Salman fan might miss his super-human antics at times, he does a great job otherwise. Watch the film for Salman. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint ...Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is an endlessly long saga with a sheesh mahal at the end of a treacherous precipice propped up by illegitimate children, fake football matches and overly made-up actors. You can imagine brides-to-be making mental notes of which lehengas and saris they want copied as they watch this opulent, colour-coordinated costume drama. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Like all Barjatya movies, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a wholesome family drama, with loads of emotions, romance, family drama, a dash of comedy and a couple of action scenes thrown in. Barjatya has made the film on a grand scale and the opulent and vibrant sets will remind you of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The music is not worth writing home about and the number of songs inserted in the movie might test your patience. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Salman gives this weightless film an occasional push and a shove in the right direction, but Sonam drags it back with an unconvincing performance. Gawky, giggly and gloriously gooey, she is completely out of her depth here. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...A lot of visible effort has gone in designing Prem Ratan Dhan Payo's opulence and scale but ultimately it is just lacklustre, recycled fare from a man stuck on men versus women sporting contests, midnight kitchen rendezvous and the pristine aura of Prem. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film has its faults, but with Salman Khan's dual force (yes, he plays a double role), a lilting romance, and the ODing on traditional values – this one's sure to hit the right spots with the family junta. Salman is real 'ratan' in this tradition-soaked romance, likely to bring in enough dhan for the makers! ... full review

Thumbs up by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: Though you will be sadly mistaken if you go to see the Sooraj R Barjatya who had directed Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, it is worth watching for Salman’s charisma.... full review

So-So by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...They are stereotypes that fit into the Rajshri crossword without demanding any clue. It is Deepak Dobriyal who rises above the staple friend. Similarly Swara Bhaskar manages to make an impact as the step sister and Anupam Kher shows how repetition doesn’t necessarily be dreary. His scenes with Salman provide some sinew to the melodrama. Wish Himesh Reshammiya were a little more consistent in a film that runs for almost three hours to accommodate all his compositions. Wish the dialogues had a little more punch. Wish Sooraj reflected a little more on the darkness beneath the light but overall it is a family get together that you don’t mind attending in festive mood. ... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Because nothing hurts like your own blood - and nothing heals like it too. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rummana, yahoo! India ...Alas, it is the Salmantricks and some comic relief provided by the likes of Deepak Dobriyal and Sanjay Mishra that make the film watchable in parts. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...The director has tried his best to keep the ethics of Indian culture right at the center of his screenplay. The movie is a sureshot family entertainer, without any uncomfortable scenes. However, it does take a while to digest that such a perfect family and ethics can co-exist in today's time. ... full review