A boy, a girl, a principled older brother, a few scheming relatives, an item song and a love story that eventually surpasses all boundaries. That are the elements of this new film directed by Prabhudheva, Ramaiya Vastavaiya. Starring new kid on the block, Girish Kumar (producer Kumar Taurani’s son) with Shruti Hassan, it is a simple story with all the elements one believes shall work wonders for the film, not to mention the star cast apart from the lead actors that comprise veteran actors like Vinod Khanna and Randhir Kapoor.
Having watched and loved films like Maine Pyaar Kiya and Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, this film is no different than the previously mentioned films. Just that this one’s a very colorful version of the other two – from a wedding to a village, the vivid colors in the background are sure to catch your eye and probably soothe your senses, like you were sailing on a cloud, touching a rainbow. Girish Kumar looks like a wonderboy – not because he has some superhuman capabilities, but because everytime he blinks and smiles, his eyes sparkle with amazement at the sight of – everything. It is too soon to comment if he is here to stay for a while in the film industry, ’cause it will take more than a film backed by a strong star cast to prove your true mettle. What leaves me befuddled, however, is if the actor’s role model is one of our favorites – Salman Khan who did quite the same things that the former does to win over his love in the film. Shruti Hassan shall be seen in both the Hindi releases this week, this of course requires more out of her as an actor. Lot of learning to do, yes.
The film unfortunately is full of too many incidences of overacting, which took all the flavor away from the film. The saving grace were the few good songs sung by popstar Atif Aslam and the post-intermission turn around of the scene. Prabhudheva, as an actor, a dancer and now a director has gained immense respect for all the feats he has achieved in his career. It is due to this I say that he needs to give his audience something more than a few unrealistic fighting sequences or a peppy song starring another Bollywood import. Of course, a few parts in the film may touch your heart or may make you laugh for its sheer cuteness, for that is something you can’t take away from it. But once again, there is more to a filmmaker’s vision than another film’s touch and feel seen in HD vision. You may want to pass on this one, if romantic movies are not your only dope for the weekend.