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.
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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.
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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.