Movie Review: Saawariya

Title: Saawariya
Director: Sanjay Leela Bansali
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor

A complete disaster is a simple and direct way to describe this film. The films is based on a Russian short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, originally published in 1848. The film was completely out of touch with the times. The sets were completely bizarre and impossible to relate to. The dialogues appeared even more out of place. The songs are nothing great either and they are thrust in quite unnecessarily at various points in the film. The two new comers Ranbir and Sonam could have done well to pick a mainstream masala over this one to make their debut. For first timers, the two performed reasonably well though I suspect Sonam has better acting talents that Ranbir. Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan have been added for star power, but the film is so poorly made that their roles have little hope of saving the film.

This film unfortunately marks Sony’s maiden entry into Bollywood. Unfortunately, it could certainly have been better planned. I suspect they fell for Sanjay Leela Bansali’s brand name without resorting to even the slightest reality check. Besides, the clash at the box office with King Khan’s OSO meant that this film was bound to sink at the box office. Not surprisingly, we found very poor response at the theater.

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