There are two movie releases this week. The bigger film is Sunny Deol’s Ghayal Once Again and the other release is ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ starring Harshvardhan Rane and Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane.
Both films have opened poorly at multiplexes and the average critic rating of Sanam Teri Kasam is quite poor too. However, more reviews will added shortly. So stay tuned to find out the final critic rating for the film.
Sanam Teri Kasam Review by Bollywood Hungama
Even though there is nothing outstanding about the film’s script, the film’s premise still holds promise due to its unusual story (Radhika Rao & Vinay Sapru) and simplicity. The years of experience that the film’s directors (Radhika Rao & Vinay Sapru) have in terms of technicalities and other aspects clearly shows in the film. Even though the film makes for a decent watch, one just cannot help but draw (immediate) parallels between SANAM TERI KASAM and ‘like-minded’ films ANKHIYON KE JHAROKHON SE and the more recent KATTI BATTI. While many scenes in the film leave a strong impact on the audience and make the film look realistic and emotional, there are a handful of scenes (like that of Murli Sharma’s inspector act) that dilutes the seriousness of the film. While the film scores extremely well in the first half, the pace, the momentum and the excitement that was built by the first half totally gets lost in the film’s second half. In simple words, the film’s second half does nothing but dilute the impact of the first half to a large extent. And it is the director duo who have to be blamed for this. Despite the flaws and the melodrama, the emotional moments that are woven in the simple and sweet film work extremely well in favour of the film.
Sanam Teri Kasam Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Sanam Teri Kasam runs for over two-and-a-half hours but gets nowhere. The slapdash story, for whatever it is worth, is so utterly illogical that the film’s reasonably personable lead actors do not have a chance in hell of rising above the monumental mess.
Sanam Teri Kasam Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The film is so good in the beginning, you wish they had found some other conclusion to the story than the tragedy it ends up being. The film is shot in rather pleasing colors (the peppy ‘Kheench Meri Photo’ is shot in a happy, colorful market), but there’s nothing in the second half to make us feel better or hopeful about falling in love with ‘unsuitable’ lads. But to give them marks, the story is decently fleshed out and all smoking guns covered. The trailer with the songs is very misleading and makes it look like one of those ‘also ran’ movies. But it isn’t like that. It is a decent story that only fails because at 154 minutes, the end is so long drawn.
Sanam Teri Kasam Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The film’s plot does have merit and had the directors applied a bit more finesse, they could have served a palatable dish. The melodrama quotient is way too high and after a point of time, one gets tired of seeing every character weep buckets. If that was not all, the second half goes on and on and on, a trait that has ruined many a film.
Review by Namrata Thakker on Rediff
Had the makers cut short the running time by a good 45 minutes, Sanam Teri Kasam would have been less traumatic. The film is so long that by the time it ended, I felt I had aged by a few years. Mawra and Harshvardhan’s chemistry is what saves the day. They look good together and can certainly act. While the Pakistani actress is absolutely stunning (even before the makeover), Harsh flaunts his chiseled body whenever he can in the film.
Review by Rashma Shetty Bali on Bollywood Life
Sanam Teri Kasam had potential in the form of two promising debutantes Mawra Hocane and Harshavardhan Rane, but a regressive script and over the top direction killed it from becoming more than just another tragic love story.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
What’s new? This is the question one will wonder in 2016 after watching ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’. There is a lot of crying along with plaintive shehnai especially towards the climax. Few portions of the film are a ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Vivah’ rip-off. The film is little different since it has a weeping cop, kidding! Director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, who directed films like ‘Lucky No Time For Love’ (2005) and ‘I love NY’ (2013), are still living in the era of melodramatic tragic love stories.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Just why is it so hard for Bollywood to make a romance that feels real, that is emotionally fulfilling without taking recourse to faux melodrama and loud background music? Why does the plot feel so moth-balled, stuffed with outlandish strands– a Dharavi-based, skull-capped make-over artist ( Raaz, kicking up his feels with painted-faced extras), a sentimental cop ( Sharma) spouting lines about ‘love’ and ‘second chances’, a screeching banshee who appears momentarily and vanishes, and more.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
With brilliant production values, ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ manages to draw you into the lives of Saru and Inder and moistens your eyes too. Perhaps it is the last fifteen minutes of the film, which drags a bit and given the few cinematic liberties that the directors have taken, becomes a little mawkish. Else, theirs is a love story that will touch your heart without a doubt.
Review by Tushar Joshi on DNA India
Sanam Teri Kasam feels like a stretched track off a TV soap opera that has no audience rating. The director’s treatment of the subject is shallow and extremely regressive. Every dialogue and scene has a background track with a drum roll to amplify the already overdone drama quotient. The love story between Inder and Saraswathi is nipped in the bud, thanks to random parallel tracks that have no relevance to the main plot. What sticks out as a sore thumb is the fact that these two newcomers had the potential to make a better debut. Especially Mawra who will most definitely have a successful second film if she chooses someone who can tap into her talent. Even if you forgive the garish loud treatment, you can’t forgive the editor who slept on the job. Sanam Teri Kasam gets the award for the longest drawn climax ever!
Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
As long as the focus stays on its leads, the film does a good job. Harshavardhan, besides flaunting his perfectly chiseled torso and walking topless all through the film, give his angst some charm. Mawra matches up with her innocence and vulnerability. From Inder softening every time he is around Saraswati, to watching them goof around in Kheech Meri Photo, they are a treat from the word go. You want to invest in these characters but the movie gets shrill over its 155 minutes, a little too sappy for liking and eventually boring. Your heart genuinely goes out to Harsh and Mawra who are let down by their clumsy narrative.
Review by Suhani Singh on India Today
The makers of Lucky: No Time For Love and last year’s unforgettably bad I Love NY (starring Kangna Ranaut and Sunny Deol) raise the bar on bad romantic screenplays. Pretty much everything garners laughs for all the wrong reasons. With lines such as “Jitna lamba kurta utni lambi sex drive” who wouldn’t? The major trouble with Sanam Teri Kasam is that nothing about it feels genuine despite the obvious efforts of its two leads who cut across as sorry figures reciting the most inane lines and doing the silliest things. So Hocane’s naive, dorky act is more annoying than endearing, and Rane’s angry young man is simply a bore. It doesn’t help that 2 hours and 30 minutes are taken to tell this tiring, mawkish, insufferable, inevitable tale which begins with a spoiler.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on IBNLive
The newcomers have definitely done a great job and it’s only because of the two actors that you might survive the 155-minutes-long running time. But the script is just too shoddy and the story line way too boring to sustain viewers’ interest. Having said that, we do wish that the director would have utilised the actors’ abilities instead of just wasting the performers. While we wish there was more to Mawra’s character than just weeping, weeping and some more weeping; we also wanted Harshavardhan’s character to express himself a lot more than just sticking to a plain serious face. Their true potential largely remains untapped.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
There are some rare tender moments between Saraswati and Inder, and you so wish the entire movie was executed in the same vein. But alas, this melodrama overload takes you on a misery filled emotional drama ride with no return in sight. Logic is conveniently sacrificed in many places just to cram the scenes with as much mush and tears as possible. By the time you reach the climax, you just want to get done with this soppy romance and get on with your own life. Also, the editor seems to have gone off to sleep somewhere in between. The lead couple look promising but are unfortunately saddled with unimaginative characterisation. Rane has good screen presence and might be an asset in a better film.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
For the leads, Mawra Hocane and Harshvardhan Rane, this inglorious B’wood debut will be an impossible blot to erase. While Hocane is committed, drab dialogues and lack of characterisation leave little to work with. Ten-Telugu-films old, Rane’s research to crack Hindi films must’ve been skewed to Salman Khan films, perhaps explaining why he’d shed his shirt in every second scene.
Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham
Then begins the senseless merry-go-round! Right towards the end the director duo throw in a sickness element in the hope of salvaging the drowning ship. But no, nothing can be done because by then the ship has hit rock bottom. Among the entire cast only Manish Chaudhary stands out as this strict disciplinarian father. The rest are having acting lessons on the set.
Sanam Teri Kasam Review by Sify
The same damsel-in-distress mode is annoying, as this character trait is repeated in varying degrees throughout the film. It is to Pakistani actor Mawra Hocane’s credit that she makes her simpering- whimpering character somewhat credible. She’s wonderful in the film despite the limiting role, and has the potential to do wonders in a better movie. Harshwardhan Rane, he of the tattooed, shirtless gym body plays it cool and is understated.
Average critic ratings of other movies released in 2015 – 2016
- 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
- Shaandaar – 2.2 stars
- Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon – 2.17 stars