Prabhu Deva delivered two big hits with two big Superstars in the form of Wanted (Salman Khan) and Rowdy Rathore (Akshay Kumar). That is probably why every producer in Bollywood wanted to sign him for their films. The ace choreographer-turned-director signed a contract with Tips and was asked to direct a film for their lad Girish Taurani. And of course, kuch paane ke liye kuch khona padta hai. And so he decided to remake his own Telugu film which itself was a copy of Maine Pyaar Kiya. Remake-ception.
Story: Well, I had to use this colum because films are meant to be creative and show us new stories, right? Wrong. Ramaiya Vastavaiya suffers from a syndrome – lets-take-Bollywood-back-to-the-1980s-syndrome. It is about a rich young guy Ram (Girish Taurani) falling in love with a village belle Sona (Shruti Hassan) when he visits India for a wedding. Meanwhile, his rich parents get to know about this and insult the life out of Sona’s brother Sonu. Sonu Sood, that is. This sets in process a chain of events that ultimately comes close to destroying their lives. But inspite of having such a dramatic storyline, @PDancing went for the comic treatment with Ramaiya Vastavaiya. Howzz that?
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Movie Review
Direction and Screenplay: You know when you are directing a film which you have already directed before, there’s not much to get your creative juices flowing, so Prabhu Deva probably wanted to take it easy for the duration of the shoot and just wanted to get it over with to honour his contract. If you thought his Hindi accent in ABCD was poor, his direction (or lack of it) is so poor that it puts Poonam Pandey’s tailor’s poverty to shame. Ramaiya Vastavaiya is laden with the most unimaginative dialogues which try too hard to be funny. And Deva never manages to capture the tone that he had managed to capture with the enjoyable Rowdy Rathore and the greatest TV movie of all time – Wanted. Maybe Ramaiya Vastavaiya should have gotten a TV premier instead of a theatrical release.
Miscellaneous and Music: The sets of the film take you forward to the past. They remind you of every 80s and 90s potboiler ever. The cinematography is alright. Must have been a walk in the beach for the cinematographer to shoot Ramaiya Vastavaiya. And the editing is there. It exists. Someone needed to cut the scenes and arrange it in order. So that’s sorted. The music is apparently a big hit with Atif Aslam hitting all the high notes with ‘Jeene Laga Hoon’. Fun fact: Jeene Laga Hoon is the first song to get 10 million YouTube views before the release of the film.
Acting: Producer’s son Girish Taurani makes his debut with Ramaiya Vastavaiya. He comes across a charming young actor because he has a raw innocence. The girls in the theatre I watched the film in, couldn’t stop swooning about him when he was introduced as the bare-chested Ram whilst surfboarding in Australia. Wooh, what an entry! It’s a Shruti Hassan kind of a Friday. She has two releases this week. She did make an honest effort in D-Day but here her performance has been curtailed by shoddy guidance, I am assuming. She still needs to evolve as an actor. Why did Sonu Sood, Poonam Dhillon, Randhir Kapoor and Satish Shah sign a film like this? Maybe because they befriended Mr. Deva.
Conclusion and Box Office: Ramaiya Vastavaiya is really an uninteresting film, to put it bluntly. It’s not anything that we haven’t seen before, and it’s not imaginative. It’s slapdash filmmaking. If only films were made with a passion to make films and to entertain people than to earn some quick bucks and launch some star sons. As far as the Box office is concerned, it might earn a lot of money thanks to the hit song. I can’t for the life of me fathom how Ramaiya Vastavaiya can become a hit, but hey, bizarre things have happened before.
- Jeene Laga Hoon
- Shruti Hassan’s presence in the film
- Girish Kumar’s introductory scene
- Everything else