The magic of the Maine
Pyar Kiya team does the vanishing trick 27 years later. Sooraj Barjatya
tries to update himself with iPads and women who want to be understood but
incongruously harks back to bygone days of maharajas and rajkumaris to tell his
story. If at least the palace intrigue was cleverly plotted, it would have
stirred up some interest. But alas!
Yuvraj Vijay Singh of Pritampur survives a bid on his
life and a close coterie of loyalists nurses him in secret. There’s tension
because his fiancée Rajkumari Maithili will be arriving for his Raj Tilak
ceremony. Voila, one of the loyalists chances upon Yuvraj’s look-alike Ram
Leela actor Prem Dilwale who has a heart of gold. Prem is conveniently headed
for Pritampur to meet the Rajkumari and donate his earnings to her social cause.
The loyalists promptly get him to stand in for the Yuvraj as long as the
Rajkumari is visiting Pritampur.
With goodness flowing out of every pore, Prem plays
the part of the perfect partner that the Rajkumari has been seeking. He also
brings together the Yuvraj’s estranged siblings. By the time Yuvraj Vijay Singh
is back in the picture, there’s love all over the palace. But matters of the
heart need a last-minute settlement.
Sooraj Barjatya tries feebly to bring in sword fights
and sworn enemies which is not his forte at all. He even has an Enter The Dragon kind of mirrors in a
fight scene which was famous in the 70s.
Sooraj continues to inhabit an old world with simplistic evils like
Yuvraj’s younger brother being led astray by a friend and palace employee. For
no credible reason, Prem’s sidekick Kanhaiya is disguised as an old man and
made to dodder around young girls. Along with the palaces and rajkumaris, none of this has any
connect with today’s audience. Sooraj also can’t shake off his old formula of a
family playing a game together. This time it’s a tame game of football where
each time a goal is scored, you can probably hear a snore in the audience.
There is also the 80s’ thought of the palace woes being traced to “auraton ka jhagda” which doesn’t resonate
with anybody today.
With a running time of nearly 2 hrs 45 minutes, there
are interminable songs for every situation and there’s really nothing that you
want to jump up and clap for.
The somewhat saving grace is the presence of Salman
Khan, especially when faced with the dilemma of Prem falling in love with the
Rajkumari and his helpless decency when she wants to get closer. But this alone
cannot make up for a film that fails to entertain.
Sonam Kapoor’s dialogue delivery continues to be
weak. The supporting cast has Anupam
Kher looking lost as the Diwan; Neil Nitin Mukesh as the younger Yuvraj, Armaan
Kohli as Chirag who ignites a fire between the brothers and Swara Bhaskar as
the estranged sister. But they’re unable to prop up a patently disastrous
For a film that has opulence without dramatic
fireworks, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo gets
a 2* rating.
Reviewed byJournalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan