Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP): Movie review in 5 quick-read points

By: | Updated: November 16, 2015 10:23 AM

Salman Khan's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP) movie has hit the theaters on Thursday and as with all things Salman, expectations about quality of content and the actor himself are sky high even as reviewers struggle to make sense and provide a justifiable window into the film without giving away the entire plot. Here is a quick-read PRDP movie review in 5 short points:

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo box office collections, salman khan, prdp collectionWhile movie reviews were not kind, Salman Khan starrer ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ box office collections soared nevertheless – on opening day (day 1, Thursday) the collections were Rs 40.35 crore. On day 2 (Friday), ‘PRDP’ total collection figure soared to Rs 71.38 crore on domestic front. By day 3 the figure had skyrocketed to 112.08 crore. (Bollywood Hungama) (PTI)

Salman Khan’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP) movie has hit the theaters on Thursday and as with all things Salman, expectations about quality of content and the actor himself are sky high even as reviewers struggle to make sense and provide a justifiable window into the film without giving away the entire plot – one thing no one is arguing about is that the film will be a success. Here is a quick-read PRDP movie review in 5 short points:

1. In Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP), actor Salman Khan and director Sooraj Barjatya have come together after almost two decades. Since then Salman Khan has grown in stature as a box office collections magnet, even if his movies tend to be rambunctious over-the-top thrillers. They are meant to be wholesome entertainment and therein lies Salman’s success and his phenomenal crowd-pulling powers. He does justice to this role. But don’t get carried away, this is not endorsing the movie. Read on.

2. As for Sooraj, clearly, looking at PRDP, the director in him has not kept pace with changing times –  he is stuck in the past – even if he is scion of one of Hindi cinema’s most successful production banners. He has mastered the gloss and the glitz all right, but in shaping the substance of his new film he has taken recourse to tools and ingredients that are out of vogue. The approach that the film takes to this simple theme is convoluted, with sub-plots about a philandering maharaja, his illegitimate children and festering sibling rivalry that finds expression in swordfights, besides a lot else. Given the rather weak and outmoded foundation that the three-hour film is built upon, it would require more than just star power to sustain it in the second week.

3. PRDP tells the story of a contemporary royal family, but does so in a style that is so stale that the film looks a ‘Ruritanian’ drama from some past era. The film has Salman Khan in a double role, which should certainly enhance its box office collections potential on the opening weekend – you get 2 Salman’s for the price of one!

4. In one of his two roles, Salman is a Ram-Leela actor who, along with a friend (Deepak Dobriyal), finds himself in the middle of a plot to eliminate a righteous prince (also played by Salman) who is days away from becoming the king of his principality. The would-be king has enemies in the palace. So a trusted minister (Anupam Kher) hatches a plot to save him by installing a lookalike in his stead.

5. But the decoy has to be thoroughly groomed so that nobody, not even the princess that the prince is all set to marry (Sonam Kapoor), stumbles upon his true identity. The real prince has a step-brother (Neil Nitin Mukesh) who envies his rising clout and two half-sisters (Swara Bhaskar and Aashika Bhatia) who are upset with him for being denied access to the family and the royal palace. PRDP, in short, is about how a humble actor enters the lives of the lonely prince and his squabbling siblings and gives them a hands-on lesson in love and family bonding. PRDP is a mawkish melodrama cradled in the cliches of the genre. Not even Salman Khan’s efforts to lend some spark to it prove effectual. The star has very little support from the rest of the cast, least of all from lead actress Sonam Kapoor. Her slender shoulders and her style-icon body language are ill-suited for the character she essays.

(With inputs from Bollywood Hungama and PTI)

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