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Do we really need another Maine Pyaar Kiya? To add insult to injury, Ramaiya Vastavaiya has worse actors and cornier lines. It is sad that after a row of good romantic films, this one holds little or no promise.
I'd be happy even if a couple of things aren't cheesy/predictable.
Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"
glamsham - "3.5/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "2.5/5"
Milliblog - "Much like Prabhu Deva’s films, Sachin Jigar’s music in Ramaiya Vastavaiya treads the safe and predictable."
Mumbai Mirror - "1.5/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
A father and his business partner egg the daughter to get a rich relative's son attracted to her. It sounds sleazier when they say it in Hindi. A mother of today's day and age, who has lived in Australia for years together doesn't once consider asking her son if he likes the girl she has chosen for him before giving her word to the girl's family. Even if such people exist in real life, what makes them interesting? Why would I want to watch them? I didn't like it back in the 90s, I can't stand it now.
Even so, Ramaiya Vastavaiya does manage to bring a few smile, or laughs even, with Girish Kumar and his buffoonery. He brings about a childlike cuteness in his character, Ram. The kind of cutesy behaviour that is pretty annoying when an adult does it, but Girish Kumar carries it off quite a few times. And of course, there are other times when it doesn't work at all.
Unfortunately, those other times pretty much make for the entire film. Ramaiya Vastavaiya is almost continuously trying really hard to be funny. It goes over the top, loud and unbearable at most times. There are a few instances with the lead pairs sidekick's becoming butt of jokes. Or another character whose always on the phone and his side of the conversation is a funny remark on another parallel dialogue in the scene. All of this too though, works for a while and then it gets repetitive and thus stops being funny.
Given that the situation of all villains being against the hero's love for his lady, by itself is nothing very exciting, it is marginally interesting that Ramaiya Vastavaiya has more than one villain, all with supposedly powerful personalities. So, you feel the hero getting cornered from all sides. But, what's the point if the most intimidating one backs off, just like that. Not even a courtesy couple of lines are lectured on to them to transform their take.
The problem with love stories like Ramaiya Vastavaiya is that they fail to convince you of the undying love that the lead pair feels for each other. It is more like you are asked to believe they are so much in love rather than you feeling it. So, who are you going to root for? Certainly not for the woman who can't watch out for herself even when her life is at stake. Shruti Haasan as damsel-in-distress works only as much as any stereotypical damsel-in-distress would work.
It's disheartening to see a film that mimics films made in the 90s. Especially, when you feel the ones in the 90s shouldn't have been made in the first place!
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA is a simplistic love story narrated competently. Besides, the chemistry between the lead actors, the gripping second hour and of course, the Hit musical score should contribute to its triumph. Recommended! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, FirstPost : ...Prabhudheva’s assertive yet restrained vision manages to instil a sense of freshness and warmth to the trite often ridiculously anarchic proceedings.... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Full marks to director Prabhudheva for keeping the youngsters in check and giving the movie the precise dose of love, emotion, action and dance.... full review
Thumbs down, by Swayamsrestha Kar, Fully Hyderabad : ...Ramaiya Vastavaiya is a film that tries hard to be DDLJ, but fails. It tries harder to be Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, but comes up short there as well.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...All this plays out to accompaniment of an ear-splitting background score. There is also a song-and-dance set piece at every turn. It is all predictable and tiresome. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Ramaiya Vastavaiya in short in a highly formulaic film which has absolutely nothing novel to offer. A clear case of old wine in a new bottle... full review
Thumbs down, by Paloma Sharma, Rediff : ...Everything in Ramaiya Vastavaiya is black and white; and while it could have meant simplicity, the lack of grey shades often ends up as an over-simplification of issues.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anuj Kumar, Times of India : ...Apart from a couple of hummable songs and some slapstick humour involving Paresh Gnatra there is nothing to recommend in this fossil of a film. ... full review
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aayabadaa: Ramaiya vastavaiya Dekhi.Acchi Movie hai.. @shrutihaasan and girish kumar sonu sood all are awesome in the movie.
BesharamBunny: Just saw "Ramaiya Vastavaiya", it's actually not too bad! Funny, somewhat sweet, fairly decent.. but I didn't think much of the two leads.
banerjiii: Ramaiya vastavaiya .... is a popcorn film .... nthng very exciting but yaa its not at all boring for sure ... liked the guy girish ....
thevikramtweets: ramaiya vastavaiya.... kooch samaj mai nahi aaya :-(
sameerkhanrocco: " Ramaiya Vastavaiya " yeh film GAU wale aur LAMBADO k waste khaas taur pe banaye waisa dekhra ! -_-
PritiMenon85: Someone shoot me...ive been FORCED to watch Ramaiya Vastavaiya...half way thru n id rather watch paint dry!
discoverrehan: For me Ramaiya Vastavaiya -is like pyar kya to darna kya .nothing new
Ayesha_Ahmad17: Ramaiya Vastavaiya: Taking OTT to new heights #thisistorture #sobad
ashu_tabahi: Dnt wtch ramaiya vastavaiya mvi...
Akshat_trivedi: Wrong decision to watch Ramaiya Vastavaiya over D- Day .. !!!
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