Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:41:28.3970000 IST

Humongous expectations abound from maverick director Sooraj Barjatya and box-office king Salman Khan's PREM RATAN DHAN for multiple reasons, and we need not state the obvious. After all the two are coming together after a long hiatus with a hat trick of blockbuster films like MAINE PYAR KIYA, HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN and HUM SAATH SAATH HAIN behind them. Pressure is surely high on Himesh Reshammiya and Irshad Kamil to deliver big.


'Prem Leela' the song that pays eulogies to the holy love of the deities, Ram-Seeta, encompasses the spirit of pure love of the leads by following the example set by the Gods is in a league of its own. Grand musical arrangements and superb singing by Aman Trikha and Vineet Singh make in a unique number.

The title track 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' is quite a classy affair. The song starts on a sombre prayer (bhajan like) note picking up superb pace and absolutely dew fresh lovely melody, with scintillating back up female chorals. Palak Muchal comes up trumps with a fine rendition though the seasoned Shreya would have been a better choice, considering it was always Lata for the Barjatyas.

It's a ghazal like start for 'Jalte Diye' (which is in the same corridor as 'Yeh Diya' -DEVDAS) but later the situational track changes into a sombre romantic number, depicting the longings of lovelorn couples. Anweshaa, Vineet Singh, Harshdeep Kaur and Shadab Sabri render the number with elan.

'Aaj Unse Milna Hai Hamein', Himesh Reshammiya seems heavily inspired by Nadeem-Shravan's super hit title track, 'Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya' in the 'mukhda' as well as the arrangements that hark back to N-S days of yore. Shaan renders the number with ease but his bad diction sticks out like a sore thumb, as he is a class singer.

The song sees another slower brief version in the form of 'Murli Ki Taanon Si' by Shaan.

'Aaj Unse Kehna Hai' is another version sung well by Palak Muchal with Shaan (and Aishawarya Majumdar) joining in with the title track 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo'.

'Jab Tum Chaho' is again a trip down memory lane for Himesh as he ventures into the RD Burman territory via the evergreen classic 'Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein' (AJNABEE). The 'nok jhonk', 'roothna manana' number (sung by Mohammad Irfan, Darshan Raval and Palak) should translate superbly in PRDP with the 'on-screen' nerd Salman trying to woo Sonam.

The immortal Radha-Krishna light banter is depicted well through the naughty number 'Halo Re' which unfortunately once again reminds of Laxmikant-Pyarelal's relatively unheard of number 'Ganga Ghaat Ka Pani' (PONGA PANDIT). Aman Trikha renders the number with zest.

The 'chhed-chaad' number, 'Tod Tadaiyya' is fun, exuberant but again with a heard before tune in the antara' -Shammi Kapoor's evergreen classic, 'Aaja Aaja' (TEESRI MANZIL). Himesh camouflages it with good background arrangements and nice 'mukhda'. Neeraj Shridhar and Neeti Mohun put up a professional show.

The song that makes one pine for one's childhood days, 'Bachpan Kahan' is rendered with emotions by the composer himself. Irshad take a bow, lyrics are just awesome! Tune, yet again, heard before.

Summing up, Himesh Reshammiya has certainly come up with a score that befits the script and the Rajshri banner and our picks are 'Prem Leela', the title track and 'Bachpan Kahan'. However, the many obvious inspirations come as a big dampener for such a prestigious project, as original and chartbusting melodies have been a hallmark of the Barjatyas from time immemorial. Having said that the audio will scorch the charts and make a mark with the audience who will throng the theatres this Diwali with PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

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 Sanskar 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 inside.

Rating 1.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Armaan Kohli, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar and Samaira Rao, Deepak Debroyal, Swara Bhaskar and Aashika Bhatia
  • Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
  • Director: Sooraj Barjatya
  • Music Director: Himesh Reshamiya
  • Release Date : 12 Nov 2015