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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - Movie Review

Verdict - "Dramatic Torture - 80's Style!"

I don't even know how to describe this movie, that's how baffled my brain is right now. Let's put it this way, it honestly felt like an atrocious roller coaster ride in a grand fancy theme park. Didn't Sooraj R. Barjatya realize that by fitting together all his trademark aspects (family drama, envious brother, filmy moments) in a perplexing movie will not work in 2015!? In an exhausted social world where we spend more time by taking selfies, are we still excited to watch these outdated Bollywood dramas? Of course! I'd like to watch a fine movie like K3G from time to time, not Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Without spoiling anything, the storyline revolves around Prem (Salman Khan), a cordial and a gracious person from Ayodhya, as he catches a glimpse of the Princess of Pritampur, Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) and instantly falls in love with her. With the princess getting married very soon, will Prem be able to confess his love and affection towards her? Watch it in a nearly three-hour long dramatic extravaganza with a mundane bonus that includes a song for every ten minutes.

As I stated earlier, I completely have no problems watching a feel-good Bollywood drama, and to pull off a movie of such caliber, the story and screenplay should be flawless. That's exactly where PRDP countered a major setback. Excluding the storyline which has nothing new to offer, the screenplay was straight-out tedious, the major plot points didn't get focused appropriately, the characters were half-baked and few random scenes made no sense whatsoever. 

Also, the 164-minute runtime was woeful and made me feel completely uncomfortable as I didn't find the movie enjoyable with its nonsensical humor and tiresome songs. But on a positive note, the climax was quite well handled and ended the film in a superior way. The production and set design was ostentatious and bought a flamboyant vibe that is very much required for the storyline.

Salman Khan acts as the frontrunner throughout the movie, and he never disappoints anyone with this amusing jokes and charismatic screen presence. Sonam Kapoor gave her best as she felt like a proper fit for the role and Anupam Kher was given a brief character, but it felt lifeless for me even though his performance was decent. 

The other actors were completely wasted in their inferior abysmal inferior characters especially Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepak Dobriyal, who in my opinion would've stolen the entire movie when proper screen time and a well-rounded character were allotted to him.

Overall, PRDP would've been an atrocity even if it's released in the 1980's, the disconcerting screenplay which includes a whole lot of nothingness is certainly a gigantic drawback for persons like me who take films a little too seriously. This movie was rough and made me check my watch for every ten minutes and I finally felt relieved when the doors got opened nearly after three hours. I'm going nowhere near this movie in the future.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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