PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO is a Diwali cracker that goes phus
. It's an archaic story told in an archaic manner. Sooraj Barjatya takes 174 minutes to tell you this tale that has no meat, no soul, nor a proper push forward. By the time it gets over, you have gathered enough aches as you keep adjusting yourself in the seat.
Sooraj Barjatya gets stuck not knowing how to veer forward once he has introduced both the Salmans; one is Prem Dilwale from Ayodhaya, and another is Vijay, a prince with a brother and two step sisters, living in Pritampur.
So the story goes something like this. Once, Prem Dilwale sees Rajkumari Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) from afar, when she comes for a relief camp in Ayodhya. She was giving the victims biscuits and milk packets. She then goes off in her private chopper. That one meeting is enough to get Prem in love with her.
She has an organisation called Uphaar
for which Prem has collected a tidy sum in a box to give her. He is told that she will be visiting Pritampur to meet her beau. Now, Pritampur is 60 kms away from Ayodhya. You guessed right: Vijay, the Rajkumar is her beau.
However, Rajkumar is knocked off after one of his visits to his estranged sisters and in walks Prem to take his place. But not before Rajkumar has been rescued by his faithful servant. Prem is asked to impersonate Rajkumar and he agrees to be a prince for four days and even receive Rajkumari at the railway station.
Then begins the love story of Rajkumari and Prem and his ways of bringing the estranged family together before Rajkumar recovers and is joined back to his princess.
There is superfluous drama, no suspense and a bit of action to justify Salman's Dabaang presence. The suspense, whatever little there is, is revealed in the very next scene itself, after the attempt to kill Rajkumar. The character of the villain played by Armaan Kohli is so lazily crafted that you can just blow him off from your seat.
Not knowing what to do, Barjatya, conveniently inserts songs after, boring songs, to push the plot forward. Even then, the movie refuses to move beyond first gear. And for its many songs, it's a pity that not even one song stands out. Moreover, every dance sequence is a clone of the other. As such, the movie meanders aimlessly. And when it ends, it's celebration time.
Out of frustration, during one scene when Sonam runs into a dance, a group from the audience shout: ''Washing powder Nirma!''
Sonam has wasted yet another opportunity to show her prowess as an actress of repute. Arman Kohli is good to the point that he has a screen presence. Deepraj Rana is wasted in this film where he is given a SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER like role to play. Deepak Dobriyal is once again a side-kick.
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.
PRDP is like a well wrapped sweet box with cheap halwa