Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP) Movie Review

Sooraj Barjatiya and Salman Khan have teamed up together thrice before and the first two times they came together, they created unparalled box office history with ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’. And they delivered the highest grosser of 1999 in the form of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

So when Barjatiya and Salman reunite after 17 long years during the superstar’s best ever phase, expectations are sure to be raised high. But the trailers have promised a typical Rajshri film which may not hold a lot of value for the youth. However, if they do manage to bring the families to the theatres, PRDP can still make history. So how is the movie? Let’s find out!

Story: Vijay Singh (Salman) is the soon to be king of Pitampur but his brother Ajay Singh (Neil Nitin Mukesh) with the help of the estate’s manager Chirag Singh (Armaan Kohli) try to kill Vijay but he somehow survives. The Raj Dewan (Anupam Kher) who loves Vijay finds his lookalike Prem Dilwale (Salman again) to fill in for Vijay for the Rajtilak ceremony. Prem is diametrically opposite that of Vijay and is playful and innocent and manages to win over everyone, even Rajkumari Maithili (Sonam) who is supposed to get married to Vijay. Prem even mends the relationship of Vijay with his sisters Chandrika and Radhika. But what happens when Vijay gets fine? What happens to Ajay and Chirag? Who does Maithili end up with? To find out, watch the movie!

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review

Screenplay and Direction: The first half of PRDP flows freely and the story moves along nicely whilst establishing the characters. The biggest problem with the movie is that the conflict doesn’t seem to be too big for it to matter later on when the conflict gets solved. However, we don’t mind this because Prem Dilwale’s innocent antics keep the film flowing and the audiences will like Salman’s act. The football match sequence and the sequence where Prem mends the relationship of Vijay with his step-sisters are the standout sequences. There are a fair few illogicalities too like the placement of a palace on the edge of a waterfall. At the end of the 160 minute duration, PRDP manages to make everyone smile and the emotions end up working which should in turn make the film work amongst the family audiences.

PRDP looks opulent and grand, and clearly a lot of money has been spent on the sets and the costumes. The production design is of high standards. The VFX work isn’t the best you have seen in Hindi films and the editing could have been tighter too but as we all know, Sooraj Barjatya believes in excesses.

Music: Himesh Reshammiya doesn’t deliver a chartbuster soundtrack but thankfully the placement of the songs are just about perfect and the music sounds a lot better in the movie. The songs which stay with the viewer are Jalte Diye, Halo Re, Prem Leela. And the biggest earworm of the season is the title track which seems to be everywhere. Himesh should have gotten someone like Sonu Nigam to sing the emotionally charged Bachpan Kahaan song. Also, the movie could have done with 2 fewer songs in the first half.

Acting: Salman Khan is Prem and he doesn’t put a step wrong throughout the film. He carries forward his style of acting and plays a variant of the character he has mastered by now. The innocent, bhola bhala North Indian who speaks with a smile, and he aces it yet again. Unfortunately, he isn’t too convincing as the King Vijay Singh. Sonam Kapoor was compared to Madhuri Dixit during the promotions but she doesn’t even come close to Sonali Bendre’s act in Hum Saath Saath Hain. The character of Maithili was crying out loud for a bigger star and a much better actor. Neil Nitin Mukesh does a good job as the evil brother who has a change of heart, but doesn’t have much to do in the film. Swara Bhaskar is dependably good but she doesn’t have a lot of scenes. Armaan Kohli is a major put off, his character and styling does tend to remind the audience of the horrendous ‘Jaani Dushman’. Anupam Kher is very good and portrays the Raj Dewan perfectly. Deepak Dobriyal is not allowed to fulfil his potential which we recently saw in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, but he does justice with whatever he gets.

Conclusion: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo should be judged as an independent movie and not compared with classics like ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’. The film thoroughly entertains with very few dull moments if you can immerse yourself into the world of the movie. Sure there are a few silly and illogical moments but the innocence and the ‘sanskaar’ of the plot keeps the film together. And Salman Khan puts in a stellar performance as Prem Dilwala. In the first half of the film, he wins you over time and again, with a performance that could be better than his innocent act in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’

Diwali is the time when families come together and PRDP will be lapped up by families as it is a joyous movie which spreads smiles with its goodness. This festive season, give Prem Dilwala’s PRDP a try.

Pros:

  • Salman Khan is in top form as Prem Dilwale
  • The production design and costume design is of high standard
  • Impressive acts by Anupam Kher, Swara Bhaskar, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepak Dobriyal
  • Music goes well with the film
  • The goodness of the movie takes us back to the Rajshri world of goodness

Cons:

  • The chemistry between Salman and Sonam doesn’t work. It’s unfair to compare her to Madhuri, but a Barjatya film deserved a better leading lady.
  • Armaan Kohli fails to make an impact, he has a meatier role than Neil Nitin Mukesh!
  • The second half is slow-paced. The silly and illogical moments could make it hard for the youth to love it
  • The editing should have been tighter
Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s a 3.5 star movie to be honest, but Salman’s Prem Dilwala act and the fact that we don’t get to see such films in today’s times, gets it half a star more. Sooraj Barjatya films come once in 6-7 years and there is no director in the industry who can fill a film with as much goodness, sweetness and indian tradition as much as the legendary director can.

Advice for the youth. Watch the film with your family and not your friends, as PRDP is best enjoyed with your entire family. Your granny will love it, your parents will smile throughout the film and you’ll enjoy the second half better in their company.

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217 Comments

  • hahaha Indicine telling that PRDP has not Chartbuster song even indicine’s favorite star SRK doing dubsmash on the title track so why indicine not think that PRDP has no chartbuster song.

    Title Track
    Jalte Diye
    Jab Tum Chaho

    best songs in the album.

    I agree with indicine about one thing of PRDP, sonam kapoor is bad choice

  • djbolly you and your friend bang ur heads to each other. Your fool to leave such a comments without watching movie. This movie is just mind blowing and can give you a lesson for life. If your not Salman fan also story and Salman makes you watch this movie again and again. Best masterpiece ever in bollywood. Must watch I say 5/5 stars.

  • Prdp 4 star its good , 1/2 for salman khans innocent act good . When its comes to family drama salman at his best we have seen him like HSSH , MPK , HAHK .

  • diwali pe aisi hi film chahiye … family entrtainer…
    BLOCKBUSTER NO 8.. IN 6-7 yrs….
    SULTAN OF HINDI CINEMA.

  • movie is awesome great nice movie The movie was epic what a Movie i watched PRDPday Awesome while seeing the movie proves that prem still has power to touch hearts me myself shed tears !loving prem ratan dhan payo

  • hi frnd my review on prdp here…. When its come about suraj and their work all know he is master of indian cinema but this time not up to the mark….1…. Story not offering somthing spesial 2….. After prem dilwala nothing done special by other carecter because they have not get enough screen space. sawra bhasker best after prem 3… Huge let down by sonam kapoor she acted very well but her face expression does not matched with carecter… but one thing u have to remember this movie have diwali material which suiets the diwali release…last time a movie(jai ho) whoes collection does not matched with reaction… But this reaction does not match with reaction… I mean its going to collect huge at box office… Diwali helps alot to this movie… Frnd i m a diehard fan of salman khan….

  • LOve to See Salman and Srk Combo in Single Character
    its “PREM DILWALE” Go and watch this epic it dont come again and again

  • Excellent review. I had planned to watch it today but not able to get a ticket. Hence, will watch it tomorrow…

  • Now can’t wait to watch the film with whole family as a Diwali get together.
    Love and respect to Salman.
    From an die hard akki and srk fan.

  • plus:prdp is great. Grand. Gorgeous. Great visuals,camera work. Songs are great in the world of the the film, which i knew. Good storyline. Great performance of salman khan,anupam kher at times & nil nitin…minus:the length is a bit more. I got hungry at the end. Overacting of sorry to say sonam kapoor. it would be foolish to call it a bad film..we have no other option but to say it is a good film.yes the length brings one or two dull moments. But paisa wasool if you have paid great money. If you bought a cheap ticket,you want the film to end sooner than later.

  • Today watch the film at 9.45Am show.
    Theatre was totally full with mostly young boys & girls & some aged people.
    First half was good then after some minutes of 2nd half its predictable.
    Film started with boys citty then the theatre become totally silent with boring family dialogue.
    I’m not expecting such boring film from Energetic Salman Bhai.
    Bhai is total in his form but his character is outdated.
    Sonam is just horrible at emotional scene.
    Average 2 Bad movie.
    Me- 1 star(only for Salman Bhai)

    Please Sooraj don’t make outdated films in this modern Age.
    I can’t understand why Bhai choose this boring & outdated film.
    This is cheating with Bhai’s Youth Fans.

  • Say it openly tht d 2nd half is completely boring nd the climax too …!
    It will fail to cross 250 crs . GUARANTEED

    Its not even a 3 star movie,now u r saying it’s a grtt film just to create positivity for salman film nd after sometime u will call it average/Bad .

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