Saawariya - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

An everyday love story is presented as a fairy tale. The lackluster dialogues, the amateurish acting, the unwarranted slow pace all add up to a tedious watch. The only saving grace is the music.



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34 reviewers have given Saawariya an average rating of 1.5/5.0 (?)

8 yays
22 nays
4 so-so

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Thumbs up by Akshay Shah, Akshay Shah ...the poor characterization of Salman Khan stands out like a sore thumb.... full review

Thumbs down by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...a dark and surreal fable that enchants you with its visual beauty, but doesn’t touch you where it matters the most – heart.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...You cannot mistake their works for anyone else’s, so singular is their pursuit of the visions that consume them... full review

Thumbs down by Aly Kassam, Bolly Spice ...Bhansali seems to have taken his directional ability for granted and forgotten that a film requires a strong story while concentrating more on the sets, cinematography and lighting... full review

Thumbs down ...The film lacks soul and also screenplay... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bollywood Mantra ...The film's consciously created staginess is its biggest virtue.... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema ...meant to be expressed as lyrical poetry is, sadly lifeless and like its colour theme, monotonous... full review

Thumbs up by Deep, Deep's Home ...Ranbir Kapoor was excellent, I am sure this guy is gonna make big one day for sure.... full review

Thumbs down by Filmiholic, Filmiholic ...I really didn’t care one way or the other.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'souza, ...Only a master craftsman could have dreamt of a film like this and worked towards putting it together exactly as he saw it in his mind’s eye... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...Sanjay Leela Bhansali wastes so much electricity, man power and fiscal resources that even R K saab could have made at least five masterpieces with the same budget.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...the problem with varnishing a simple love story with all those embellishments is that the very simplicity of the plot, the fragility of the characters' emotions is lost amidst all that showing-off... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...As a storyteller, SLB is letdown by his own writing... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...The visuals get tedious to watch as it is just dark from the beginning to the end and you crave for some bright light... full review

Thumbs down by Indiequill, Indiequill ...dude, Ranbir, I don’t care what Bhansali told you, leave that weird head shaking thing out of your repertoire.... full review

Thumbs down Intermission, The Bookeazy Blog ...I expected to see people crying by the end, but most of them had left, bored.... full review

So-So by Vaibhav Wankhede, M TV ...The film is beautifully shot bringing out all vision of a fairytale land... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...this long drawn-out romance fails to ignite chemistry between the lead pair... full review

Thumbs down by Ashok Nayak, Now ...he fails to convey the story captivatingly... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sengupta, Passion for Cinema ...Also wonderful is Rani Mukherjee.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepak Venkateshan, Passion for Cinema ...We never really got to understand either Ranbir or Sonam’s characters as they were not really etched... full review

Thumbs down by Rupak Ghosh, Passion for Cinema ...This is a film that any aspiring cinematographer should buy a copy of and watch again and again... full review

Thumbs up by Samir Dave, Planet Bollywood ...This is one of those films that will take you to the magical world that exists within director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s fevered mind.... full review

Thumbs down by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...The film represents a musical drama than a motion picture.... full review

Thumbs down by Greatbong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...What he does not give us is one moment of respite, one flash of redemption, one thunderclap of even mediocrity.... full review

Thumbs down by Aseem Chandra, Rediff ...A film that purports to be a love story is in deep trouble if its lead characters do not connect and are not believable... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The problem lies with their puppeteer... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ... while dollars are positively dripping from the scenery, nothing is spectacular.... full review

So-So by Sneha Hazarika, ...True to his genes, he displays a plethora of emotions effortlessly in his debut film.... full review

Thumbs up ...Saawariya will evoke respectful references in hushed tones.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...This is a film meant purely for viewers who find cinema a synonym for aesthete... full review

Thumbs down Upper Stall ...It is an odd world that Bhansali creates and not just the way its looks. It is a world that seems practically devoid of men. A world full of lonely women... full review

So-So Urge to Fly ...Through his characteristic use of melodrama he creates complex rhythmic patterns that go out of sync with the taal at times, only to emerge harmoniously in the final moments.... full review