Sanam Re has also received poor reviews. The average rating is 1.7 stars.
Sanam Re Review by Indicine
Divya Khosla Kumar does decently in trying to juggle all the plot elements together. Also because the expectations weren’t great even a “not bad” film has ended up feeling entertaining. Sanam Re has few slow portions but the story moves forward briskly. Even though the humour induced by the writers work only on juveniles, we don’t mind it. What we didn’t like, however, was the rampant objectification of women in the film. And Divya being a woman director should have seriously done better. Like Fitoor which also released this week, Sanam Re has also been shot in picturesque locations. It looks very good even though the frames are not as subtle as they are Fitoor. The editing doesn’t hurt the film. The music is probably the USP of Sanam Re, as most of the songs are hummable. T-Series have once again delivered a competent soundtrack. Sanam Re, Ghazab Ka Hai Yeh Din stayed with us the most.
Sanam Re Review by Bollywood Hungama
Pulkit Samrat excels in a role that required him to be subtle and emote when he’s not expected to say anything. He’s in great shape and looks every bit the romantic icon on the lines of Salman Khan, Rajesh Khanna etc. Yami Gautam looks deliriously pretty and a perfect girl from the mountains. She surprises with her intensity and intensity. Urvashi Rautela is the surprise packet of the film. She looks beautiful, acts well and adds a solid oomph quotient to the film which is one of the highlight of the film. Rishi Kapoor always surprises with his laid back genius. He’s a delight as the old man who moves you immensely and leaves you with a smile. Sanjeev Datta has written the story and screenplay while Husain Dalal and Sanjeev Datta have written the dialogues. The writing has an old world charm with brilliance of Urdu thrown in. Chandrasekhar Prajapati’s editing is lackluster and the only weak point of the film. The pace could have been slightly quicker. Divya Khosla Kumar displays a lot of maturity in tackling a complex subject with a lot of heart. She’s a director to watch out for.
Sanam Re Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
As for the acting, Pulkit still tries to exorcise the ghosts of his mentor’s acting (you know whom I am talking about) and even replicates his spectacled look from Ready (now you definitely know who I am talking about!). But he lacks none of his mentor’s charms. Urvashi’s only job is to look hot (good job at that, girl), wear bikinis and lots of make-up and also pose backless. Yami has to look pretty and cry a lot in the second half. Speaking of the second half, I couldn’t make a hell of what’s happening there. Too many songs, random scenes, disappearing characters, and a WTF climax! I could crib and crib more and more…but I believe u got the gist!
Sanam Re Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Divya Khosla Kumar’s first film, Yaariyan, was a campus rumpus that got away with its silliness because it was targeted at a segment that has a seen and digested much worse. But Sanam Re is purported to be a more mature romance. Nothing that transpires in the film comes anywhere near living up to that expectation. As for the acting, Pulkit Samrat is fine as long as he is required to go shirtless and flaunt his chiselled body. With Yami Gautam, it is exactly the opposite – she is clearly ill at ease with all the skin show forced upon her by a script that cannot do any better. The curvaceous Urvashi Rautela, on her part, does her bit to push up the oomph quotient. But it is all an utter waste in the end. Sanam Re is a surefire cure for insomnia. Its air of somnolence is so pervasive that a yawn a minute is absolutely guaranteed.
Sanam Re Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
The director has given clear pointers to her actors. Pulkit needs to look a confused guy, Yami should be the innocent mountain beauty. But then, what’ll Urvashi Rautela do in this set-up? Ok, let’s make her gyrate on beaches and bathrooms. Who will enhance the hotness quotient otherwise? Nothing wrong in executing all this, but haven’t we lost that beautiful story we started with in this chaos?
Sanam Re Review by Tushar Joshi on DNA India
It’s a bad concept and story idea which suffers more because of poor execution. The scenes with the child stars are just annoying and only procrastinate the inevitable fate of the film. Performances are weak. Pulkit struggles to pull through most scenes without giving the same blank expression. For someone who showed a flair for comic timing in Fukrey, this is just an embarrassment. Yami and Urvashi follow the cues and do what they are asked of – cry a lot and look sexy respectively. It’s hard to believe the choices Akash makes and there is no consistency in terms of building up a solid climax. Comedy sketches with Bharti playing a God women are dull and boring. The dialogues are cringe worthy, “kya tumhare maa ka blouse tumhe fit hoga?”, asks Pulkit as Yami blushes red.
Sanam Re Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
In this schizophrenic rubbish — for it’s certainly not a script, hardly a synopsis — landscapes change faster than its cast’s wardrobe and characters suddenly appear or mysteriously vanish at the director’s whim. Divya Khosla Kumar even shows up in front of the camera, early on in an item song, vacuously gazing in and out of a medium she’s clearly struck by but just doesn’t get.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The only good thing that can be said about the film is that the makers have done a great job of selecting locations and the cinematography simply takes your breath away. If you keep that away, the film has absolutely nothing to appeal to your senses. The music is quite forgettable, the direction is amateurish and the writing is pathetic. The performances are no great shakes either and the pace is sluggish.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Last directed ‘Yaariyaan’, Divya Khosla Kumar needs to brush up her directing skills since her directorial looks like a holiday package for the entire team. The only good thing about ‘Sanam Re’ is that its a 120-minutes movie. And… if you thought this is how a love story is suppose to be, trust us on this one, you wouldn’t want to have one. ‘Sanam Re’ is not a love story to be watched on this Valentine’s Day.
Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
Also, frequent slowmo dream sequences drag the film way too long. The story gets predictable as events unfold in a sluggish way. The ambiguousness surrounding Yami’s character is tiresome and unnecessary. Unless you consider Himachal as your Sanam, this heartbreaking tale on sacrifice and unrequited love, loses its plot and purpose somewhere along the way, re.
Review by Pooja Pillai on Indian Express
Only the music, which is melodious and ear-wormy, and the locales, which are stunning, make patches of this movie bearable. The protagonists are too shallow and one-dimensional to be likeable, the dialogue is cringeworthy (the divorced Akanksha is compared to a used car) and the twists are too predictable for viewers to be emotionally invested in this film. This is a love story that should have lived and died as an idea.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on IBNLive
Not everything was bad in this film, some was even worse. There wasn’t any striking chemistry either between Pulkit-Yami or Pulkit-Urvashi in this breezy romantic drama. As much as I’m moved to offer you some spoilers, I’ll have to refrain myself and manage it by saying that some scenes defy all logics (scientific, emotional and whatever-al).
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
Pulkit and Yami share a fairly decent chemistry. Only if Pulkit loosened up a bit, one would be able to see his acting talent without his muscles coming in the way. Urvashi has good screen presence and perhaps, a better sketched out role would have worked in her favour. The scenes featuring Rishi Kapoor and the child actor are endearing and the soulful music (by various composers) is a major plus point. Not a classic by any standards, but this emotional drama might catch the fancy of college-goers in search of mush this Valentine weekend.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Following her unflattering directorial debut, Yaariyan, the fact that Divya Khosla Kumar gets to helm another, may get many to quip, ‘have producer husband, will direct’. But her benefactors aside, Khosla Kumar attempts a cliched love story that spans across decades and continents and tests your tolerance levels. But to the film’s credit, while the story lacks substance and is overtly simplistic, Sanjeev Datta’s screenplay ensures the sequence of events fall in place to build a tolerable narrative that can keep you mildly entertained through the 120 minutes of its runtime.
Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify
Sameer Arya’s cinematography is a huge savior here, although it’s curious love that is portrayed is the sappy love, sacrifice, and organ transplant for a dying character.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Why anyone would make such a ridiculous film based on 500 step theory and expect today’s audiences to fall in love with it is beyond any reasoning. And even though the music is decent you wish T-Series had invested in a half decent story in the least. Nothing in this film will make you book tickets to the corner seats with your valentine. In fact, you might just get dumped for your taste in movies… Be warned!
Review by IANS on Zeenews
The poorly-etched characters fail to connect with the audience, leaving you detached from their lives. The script, written by Sanjeev Datta, is careless and lazily drafted. It is devoid of time and space in the characters’ universe and the plot is amateurish, hence lacking focus. The pace of the film is painfully slow and nothing seemingly happens for the longest time.
Average critic ratings of other movies released in 2015 – 2016
- Fitoor – 2.3 stars
- Ghayal Once Again – 2.4 stars
- Sanam Teri Kasam – 1.6 stars
- Saala Khadoos – 2.6 stars
- Mastizaade – 1 stars
- Airlift – 3.7 stars
- Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 – 1 stars
- Wazir – 2.5 stars
- Dilwale – 2.5 stars
- Bajirao Mastani – 3.2 stars
- Hate Story 3 – 1.7 stars
- Tamasha – 3 stars
- Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – 2.7 stars
- Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 – 2.6 stars
- Jazbaa – 2.6 stars
- Singh Is Bling – 2.3 stars