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My eyes hurt! Yes, just from the two-minute trailer, I feel like shutting my eyes to give them a rest. It is not the colors, it is the glitter – like that of a TV serial. In fact, the colors are gorgeous! I remember from the time I lived in the US – when Hindi movies were a once in six months affair - I could watch a Hindi film just for the colors on screen. I can imagine myself lapping up Prem Ratan Dhan Payo just for that – if it were back then, that is.
Now, I am older and hopefully wiser and I watch an average of one Hindi film a week. For better or for worse, my requirements have increased – I certainly need a movie to have more than elegant women wearing lovely color combinations.
Of that though, I have little hope with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The lavish backdrop, the wedding atmosphere, the rivalry all seem too repetitive, even if it is just through trailers. While, the lilt in the trailer is inescapable, it is unlikely that it will last for too long.
- meeta, a part of the audience
A coronation set in present day India – it is fantasy world, alright. Within that framework too though, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo doesn't have an interesting tale to tell. Neither do you quite 'get' the characters' motivations nor their greivances. Also, all the extravagance you see in the trailer is all there is. The rest of the film is a visual drab too.
A few situations make you feel like you are in a time-warp. Mythili, a successful entrepreneur who also runs a charitable organisation (as superficial as it might look) is suddenly demure about wearing a short dress. She seems pretty comfortable with what she wears so far in the film and carries it well too. It seems more like a Barjatya obsession. Have the lead lady become all aware and weird about a “western” dress that her man wants her to wear.
The writing is too conscious of itself too – trying too hard to be a Barjatya-Salman film that has to teach you a thing or two about family values. As blasphemous as it sounds, a stranger showing up in a family to solve their internal squabbles, reminded me of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Bawarchee. But, why set it up in a “princedom”? You lose connect immediately. If you want me to escape from my real-life problems, why would you bring up familial issues? To top it off, add TV serial style lighting, décor, costumes-jewelry and melodrama.
In the midst of this, there's one honest moment when Mythili has had enough and can't handle the strain of her relationship with the prince any more. But, other than that, there too much effort put into making us believe what the character is feeling. To blame it on the actors would be take the easy route out.
Sure, Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar are all guilty of trying too hard to be what they are supposed to be rather than make their characters believable. But, they have no help from the script. The dialogue induce eyerolls. And the innuendos seemed pretty out of place.
The lesser said about the screenplay, the better. Just because it is Diwali season, you have a song with mathri and chakli1 and a scene with Bhaubeej2? All too cheesy. All this serves the sole purpose of elongating the run-time of the film. More time in the theaters is a festival gift?
I saw Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in a single screen theater, in a small town in Maharashtra - a theater where a house full of whistles drowned down dialogue for a good part of the first half hour. That is how excited the audience was to be there. While I wasn't too happy with the movie-watching experience, I was excited about watching the film with the target audience. In a way, it was sad to sense a lull in the crowd for most of the second half. No one should have to watch a film they didn't like on a festival day. A few people left the theater before the end too. But hey, if films which prefer so-called extravagance (with shoddy CGI) to some effort in writing are beginning to bore people, I see a silver lining.
(1) Indian savories that are found in every household this time of the year.
(2) A part of the Diwali festival
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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 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
Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...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
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 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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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SimranGill_1D: So finally watched Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, can't ignore Salman and Sonam was just so fabulous
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shubham35230097: Bhaiyo kal sunday hai toh prem ratan dhan payo dekho apni familiyo ke saath aur diwali mey double dhamaal machao yaaro acchi film don't miss
Sanchjenny24: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a great movie. Because it shows the meaning of having family. A very strong feeling! @BeingSalmanKhan
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arjunKR: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo good movie, 2nd half was little boring, overall liked it 3.5/5
Appy_Nd: Prem ratan dhan payo blockbuster movie
Amalina_Azmi: Prem ratan dhan payo was fun!!!
AfterDark143: Fantastic job by @BeingSalmanKhan in PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO..... Omg gland to see full of #fun too Much Enjoy wid family...
AditiDewra: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is not all that bad like it's been said. I quite enjoyed it
Adesai0121: Salman khan is my nigga and all but I'm sorry.. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was awful lol
Abhishek88150: Prem ratan dhan payo awesome movie great work @anupam Kher @salman khan
___MaryamAlM: Prem ratan dhan payo is a blockbuster!!!
basantpant3: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo an average movie. Same traditional film as Bollywood known. Choice is yours.
Syed_Hyderabadi: ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ will not lull you to sleep; at 2 hours and 45 minutes it is closer to a coma-inducing experience....
SunilVBothra: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo = PRDP = Pakake Rakh Diya Pura....
SRK_Virat: Prem Ratan dhan payo mayo bapo puri film ne dimag khayo bahot neend ayo sonam kapoor ne toh puch mat bahot rulayo
sarabmeet: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is such a stupid movie so far.
SanthM: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was just poor cinema. Ironically, Tamasha's tagline sums up this movie: Why always the same story?
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rughanimihir: prem ratan dhan payo par mero dhan main kho aayo #PRDP
RoseHeartRosie: Watched Prem Ratan Dhan Payo yesterday. @SoorajBarjatya I want my "DHAN" Back !
ratul_views: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - Simply a royal pain! Why on earth was such a movie made! @BeingSalmanKhan
rajivdingra: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is soo bad that it's actually good. You will laugh at how bad it actually is and you will actually enjoy it!
Nathansv: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, a.k.a Mat Dekho, Sukh Payo.#PRDP
MemonKamal: Sorry for prem ratan dhan payo... A shit of a movie....
MananPat3l: Prem ratan dhan payo movie sucked balls & Sonam Kapoor, Pls stop acting smh I need to watch something else to erase this shit from my memory
Laugh_riot: Don't blame Salman Khan for this movie.It was Salman's driver who forced him to sign Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.Blame & abuse Salman's driver only
keshrot: pune... multiplex... prem ratan dhan payo... with family..... accha diwala nikala re prem tune bakawas film dilhakar... — feeling hurt
kchhabria: "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo"- stupidity personified
IshanMohan: why did kattapa kill bhaubali???? coz bhaubali made him watch 'prem ratan dhan payo' !!!
Dulanjana_: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.. Salman humara paisa khayo..
Dreamboyyyy: Fail to win audience heart....#Prem_ratan_dhan_payo
djravi123: Prem Ratan dhan payo... Plz yeh movie dekhne mat jayo..
disinfucktant: Being engineer is better than Being someone who did Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
B_L_PaTel: Hum sabki tickets ke paise khake, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo! Now the title seems appropriate :P
ayushmohpal1: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Mere 400₹ Khayo.
arharaza: Prem ratan dhan payo me waqt zaya kiya.
Aaditey618: Kill terrorism, show them Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in loop till they beg for death.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Fan
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Harpreet Singh : Go watch it and obviously don't expect a documentary on family love by BBC. It's a Bollywood movie !
Yay! Thumbs Up, by raj : Great movie made with good intentions. Salman gives a nice performance.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Raut : Great movie. Salman & Sonam rock!! Movie gives you a feel good effect.
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