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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

The Movie: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (I got diamonds and wealth called Love)

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Caption: Family and Eternal Love

Savvy’s Rating: N/A

Zephyr: Salman Khan is the savior of the movie

Savvy’s Rede:

Every generation has predictable tastes and choices, including the current. At the same time, every immediate past generation – secretly – wish for the movies that take them back to their time. And, looks for a reason to take younger generation to these movies as a refresher. Well, if you are one amongst those “immediate past generation”, then PRDP is your pick.

It’s tough to impress all kinds of audience with one movie. Even the so called “family entertainer” may not be liked by all family members. However, PRDP team does know their target audience for the movie.

Definitely this movie is out of place for current gen. However, movie team didn’t care about restless millenials. They focused on pre-GenX and GenX audience. People who appreciate long gone traditions, faith in true love, and trust in family and bonds, will treat this movie as Ratan (diamond). 😉

If you have watched any Rajshree movies before, then this is very similar to those. No suspense, No violence, Only Love all the way!

Brush off:
1) Audience may be bored due to slow pace of the movie
2) Sonam Kapoor is a big disadvantage ; very weak acting skills

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

It’s a love story with a pinch of family attachments and emotional blackmails. Love between two hearts, Fight between two brothers, Distrust between two families and all resolved by one Hero.

What worked well:

Successful “family” formula aimed at right audience.

P.S. You will be surprised by Salman’s acting in the movie. No Bhai attitude and No taking off of shirts. He lived in his characters truly. It appeared, like a newbie, he did oblige the Director to a T. With the kind of image he has, I am impressed to see how much he mellowed down for the roles. Don’t pass me off as I am Sallu’s fan, just watch and tell me.

Savvy’s Punch:

Wait for couple months, you can happily watch the movie sitting in the couch!

Savvy’s Hearts:

N/A

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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Hindi, Movie Reviews

 

Premam

The Movie: Premam (Love)

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Caption: Feel the Love

Savvy’s Rating: 4.5/5 

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay, Direction, and Casting

Brush off:
1) The song “don’t love” appeared like out of place for me, considering hero’s situation in the movie

Savvy’s Rede:

In a life, how many times one can fall in love? I am not talking about parental love, brotherly love, sisterly love etc. I am talking about losing your heart to someone special and living the magic of love. Premam team says, it can be possible more than once and they did provide supporting evidences. 🙂

Premam movie points about how people fall in love every time with a hope that “he” or “she” is THE ONE and later realizes the truth painfully until life actually finds them THE ONE. 

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

It’s real hard to understand the pulse of an audience. However, a movie that touches common man’s life closely may be a good potential for a success. Purely my two cents.

In Premam movie, hero falls in love – multiple times – at various stages of his life. A simple theme shown beautifully. You can make a nostalgic trip to the memorable incidents that happened in your life or in your friend’s life that were worth recollecting.

    1. Hero as a pre-teen falls in love (attracted to) a school going girl who’s in the same town. It ends up as one sided love as she falls in love with another boy. Hero’s heart is broken
      1. Age of attraction where
        1. Guys learning to impress girls by putting their best efforts
          1. One smile from the girl they are following means a lot to them
          2. Following the love-interest everywhere like to her school, to PCO phone booth, making rounds right in front of her house day and night, love letters, trying to show off to friends that she is his girl, giving missed calls – spending pocket money – from PCO phone, cradling the phone abruptly if calls are picked up by girl’s father, drinking India’s best Lemon Soda while waiting for the girl etc.  are some of the scenes that surely connects all boys 
        2. Girls want more attention
          1. A teenage girl who enjoys attention showed by boys
          2. Feeling like princess with more boys following
          3. Looking from the corner of the eyes, innocent smiles, watchful of her looks, ignoring rowdy boys, smiling at times to innocent boys are few scenes that connects all teenage girls
    2. Hero as a late-teen/early adulthood falls in love – again – with his college lecturer ; mutual love
      1. Hero is now in the college; notorious with his undisciplined acts 
      2. As hero’s life is going smooth with fights, smoking, drinking etc., there comes the beautiful lecturer. Many people tries for her but she falls for the hero ,
      3. Both are in love with each other 
      4. Being in love, caring for each other, coming as a savior to help in dance competition, sweet nothings, text messages, taking ring-dial phone (with long cord) into bedroom and talking secretly etc. kicks your time machine to golden moments of your life
  • This is the best love story in the movie. Sai Pallavi (lecturer) did an awesome job. She excelled in showing the love through her eyes. The way she looks at the hero in one of the scenes is adorable. Awww, Love is Beautiful
    1. Their love story ends when the lecturer meets with a horrific accident and loses her memory. She will end up marrying her cousin 
    2. Hero’s heart is broken
  1. Hero as an an adult falls in love – again 
    1. It takes years for the hero to forget and/or come out of his sad love story
    2. To side track himself, he gets into bakery business. His impulsive behaviour is little controlled
    3. One day a girl comes to his bakery to order a cake for her brother. He falls for her but his heart cringes as he comes to know that she’s already taken
    4. Things change and finally the hero ends up marrying that girl
    5. Trying to be heroic to save the girl from her abusing fiance, being very nice to her, listening her sob stories and extending timely support, showing every possible way that he’s interested in her are few scenes that connects people
    6. Twists in the story
      1. It so happens that this girl (hero’s wife) is friend of his first love-interest from school days
      2. College lecturer comes to hero’s marriage but hides the truth of she getting back her memory. She believes that the hero is happy with his new found love and he doesn’t need to know the truth
    7. 2 Failed and 1 Happy Love Story, Happy Wedding and Happy Ending 🙂

What worked well:

Everything worked well. Simple movie with thoughtful casting and solid story line.

Savvy’s Punch:

Savvy Certified! Watch it!

Btw, heard Premam is being remade as “Majnu” in Telugu with Naga Chaitanya as the lead. I am hoping he will justify the main role as he did good as a lover in his last movie (Oka Laila Kosam).

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheart heart heart – Entire team of the movie

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2015 in Malayalam, Movie Reviews