Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Reviews by Critics


Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review by Indicine

Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review by Taran Adarsh on Bollywood Hungama

Rating: ★★★★½

Sooraj’s hold on the script is evident from the commencement of the film itself as he moves from one episode to another swiftly. Like always, the hallmark of his films is the undercurrent of emotions and PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO depicts the familial bonding and the conflict amongst family members skilfully. Additionally, he uses vibrant colours [costumes, sets] and opulence to make it a visually arresting experience. In short, the drama is captivating, the emotional moments are punctuated wonderfully in the narrative [more so towards the second and third acts] and the finale, when the key questions are answered, enhances the seamless narrative.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★★★☆☆

With everything seeming right, bringing out his point of living together, director Sooraj goes overboard. After the family has let gone of their differences with each other, Sooraj goes on and on with additional scenes of bonding which are painful to watch. The film does drive back the point home but it takes some patience to sit through it, especially the second half. For all those who love family sagas, dramas and romance in the 90’s style, this is royal ride you may want to take.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The director has tried his best to keep the ethics of Indian culture right at the centre of his screenplay. The movie is a sureshot family entertainer, without any uncomfortable scenes. However, it does take a while to digest that such a perfect family and ethics can co-exist in today’s time.

PRDP Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

If stray parts of PRDP are somewhat watchable, it is only because of Salman’s ability to breathe life into the most ridiculous of situations. There is, of course, no dearth of the ludicrous in this film. Especially implausible are the laboured song situations.

PRDP Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today

Rating: ★★★☆☆

In all, the film works for both Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya’s specific audience bases. While a Salman fan might miss his super-human antics at times, he does a great job otherwise. Watch the film for Salman.

Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India

Rating: ★★★½☆

Unlike his earlier films, Sooraj hasn’t been able to do complete justice to his secondary characters. None of them add much to the script. Even the baddies come without purpose and planning. The over-indulgence in songs (far too many) hasn’t paid off this time, particularly because Himesh Reshammiya hasn’t been able to deliver his best. That’s a big letdown. It’s because of the mediocre score that the film begins to feel lengthy. Maybe knocking off a few songs and a few minutes would’ve made the difference.

Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Sooraj Barjatya should never be blamed for believing in the goodness of the nineties and incorporating it in today’s cinema. But what needs to be blamed is that he still sticks to the old style film-making and expects the audience to accept it. That’s where Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as a film fails. What could have been Salman Khan’s sweetest Diwali gift to his fans turns out to be so depressing that you wait for this festival to get over asap! If you are a true Salman Khan and have patience to bear melodrama for more than 3 hours, go enjoy the challenge!

Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff

Rating: ★★½☆☆

A lot of visible effort has gone in designing Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’s opulence and scale but ultimately it is just lacklustre, recycled fare from a man stuck on men versus women sporting contests, midnight kitchen rendezvous and the pristine aura of Prem. The last one still holds good. Rest is just rah-rah.

Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

There’s always room, you suppose, for yet another reimaging of the Ramayan, and its million stories. Especially if it has Salman Khan, after all these years of practice, sliding effortlessly into being Prem, and lifting the film as much as he can, even managing quite miraculously not to giggle when his co-star, the-laden-in-tasteful-zardozi-and-industrial-weight-polki-diamonds-Kapoor, hands him a feather, very ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ style, in between her other clothes-horsing and jiggle-jaggling.

Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

A lot has changed in the Hindi film industry since 2006, the last time Sooraj Barjatya’s name flashed across the screens as a movie’s director. His Vivah didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, at least not on the lines of what his earlier films Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain did on the ticket windows. Cut to 2015 and Barjatya has now rehashed the same formula in his latest venture, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP), complete with a masterstroke: He roped in Salman Khan to up the film’s star value a million notches. There is a problem, however. PRDP leaves you asking one big question: Are we ready to gulp down a mouthful of cheesy romance that is high on ideals and moral values?

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review by Indiaglitz

Rating: ★★★★☆

The one thing that director Sooraj Barjatiya excels in is that he does not change his style of helming with the changing times and Salman’s new avatar. He keeps it simple and the way he expertises at and I must say, it sure is a refreshing change. The movie manages to take you back to the wonderful 90’s where it was all about love, family, betrayal and love again. He gives us the Prem that was long lost and we couldnt love him more. The story is kept simple, even though predictable at times. Performance wise, PRDP is a sureshot hit. Salman as a prince and a common man is out of this world. He woos the audiences in every shot with his charm and lovable aura. Sonam, is equally good and looks and acts beautifully as a princess. Neil Nitin Mukesh makes a comeback with a blast. His expressions say it all. Swara Bhaskar is extremely talented and this movie proves to be just another feature on her cap. Deepak Dobriyal, Anupam Kher and Armaan Kohli are impressive and throw a tremendous act.

Review by Srijana Mitra Das on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★★½☆

There are slight drawbacks. Some unconvincing sequences – a feudal football match, giggling flood relief, dancing halwais, action atop a plyboard mahal – could’ve been trimmed. But the film captures the gold-rimmed goggles and mothballed notions of a mofussil maharaja. And alongside tradition, it presents modernity too, in a princess who chooses her own prince – and an aam aadmi more regal than royalty (whose feather redefines Mughal-e-Azam’s love scene). Ghee-soaked in goodness, PRDP is gift-wrapped with a simple line. With family, stand strong – but also bow.

Review by Rajeev Masand on IBNLive

Rating: ★★★☆☆

It’s a testament to the star power of Salman Khan that Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is never unwatchable despite its old-fashioned story, its frankly laughable scenarios (the climax takes place in a palace of mirrors built on top of a waterfall), and its failure to flesh out characters adequately. The film revisits many of Barjatya’s favorite themes – the importance of family, the enduring bond of brotherhood, and the power of forgiveness – but it has nothing particularly new to say that might justify making this film in 2015.

Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India

Rating: ★★½☆☆

In Prem’s role, Salman is his charming self, doing what comes naturally to him, buffoonery and prancing around. But in the uptight prince’s role he looks as uncomfortable as someone would if they were put in a straitjacket. Swara Bhaskar, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, and the others give good support. Sonam looks gorgeous and is sincere.

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Barjatya’s adamant vision of making family-oriented films, which he admittedly enjoys, has evolved over the years. While it would be a stretch to say that the filmmaker has kept up with contemporary cinema, he has surely gone easy on the saccharine content and even sneaked in a bit of masala. Unfortunately, this doesn’t further the plot.

Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO is a Diwali cracker that goes phus. It’s an archaic story told in an archaic manner. Sooraj Barjatya takes 174 minutes to tell you this tale that has no meat, no soul, nor a proper push forward. By the time it gets over, you have gathered enough aches as you keep adjusting yourself in the seat.

Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The film has its faults, but with Salman Khan’s dual force (yes, he plays a double role), a lilting romance, and the ODing on traditional values – this one’s sure to hit the right spots with the family junta. Salman is real ‘ratan’ in this tradition-soaked romance, likely to bring in enough dhan for the makers!

Review by Shishir Gautam on Nowrunning

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

PRDP retells an age old story, rehashed with Salman in focus. It also deals with ‘sautela’ family – something Sooraj already dealt with in HSSH. But this time the angle is different. Siblings are not at peace and only Prem can fix this family, stitching the torn fabric back into shape like a magician. There are bad people and there are good people. There is revenge, retribution and salvation. And there is love. All these told in between some zillions silly songs, one of which is during a ‘football’ match. Shudder!

Review by Caitlin E. O’Conner on Bollyspice

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo feels like the Rajshri that brought Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun in some ways good (family relationships, songs feel timeless) and bad (several very retro elements, themes feel unoriginal), but there’s an important difference: It doesn’t feel nearly as relatable.

Review by Meeta on Wogma

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Sure, Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar are all guilty of trying too hard to be what they are supposed to be rather than make their characters believable. But, they have no help from the script. The dialogue induce eyerolls. And the innuendos seemed pretty out of place.



  • The most true review again comes from Shubhra Gupta. This one is bad. Not up-to mark. One can easily say bajrangi bhaijaan record will remain intact.

    But Salman deserved better film. Salman is great and make no mistake film belongs to him and you love watching him on screen but his scenes with sonam are so bad that is gets unbearable. No chemistry at all that the actress opposite Salman who can can even give even katrina a run for her money in terms of bad acting doesn’t help either.

    Overall disappointment. And Indicine’s trend continues. To give poor movies 4star just because they release on diwali (remember last year HNY) and indicine is scared to be bashed by some khan genuine fans. Indicine speak your mind. You give review to khan films like you are just scared to criticize them. Please be free to speak. Give a fair and true review without thinking of its outcomes on your website. Even I am salman fan but didn’t like the film but loved Salman. But 4Stars just too much. Not more than 2 and that too both stars to Salman for creating Prem magic again.

  • This critics dont know how to make movies no one has given a genuine review

    The movie was good but some oarts were overly stretched better tgan happy new year kick etc etc

  • I’m a die-hard Salman Khan fan, but I’m sorry, PRDP just seems unbearable with its 80s theme, bright colours n weird songs. :/

  • Worst movie.. pls avoid this.. PRDP,

    whatta crap.. sooraj sir shud hv made this in 1980’s.

    everything is minus.. Nothing good.

    who gave dat bgm.. kya chutiyapa tha.

    sonam , neil worst performances as expected, swara bhaskar is wasted .

  • First of all happy diwali for all friends and indicine readers. I see movie before 2 hours. I gave 4 points for prdp because movie is beautiful and no single bad scene in it. Its pure family entairaner. Salman always looks decent in movie sonam looks gorgeous and neil,kohli,anupam,swara,deepak also do god job. I hope audiance enjoys movie like bb ,prdp and kick etc. 350 is possible in bo

  • Just finished watching prdp and it was pretty average.Nothing exceptional.Won’t call it a bad film since my parents liked it and many scenes evoked laughter from the audience but most certainly it won’t loved by the youth.The entire swara track was so annoying and some of the emotional scenes were unintentionally funny.Armaan kohli deserves oscar for his overacting.

    The only good part was beautiful songs,salman’s earnest performance as the affable prem and some eye catching sets.One thing is for sure it won’t bore you as hssh but the 2nd half needed to be more crisp for it to have a good repeat value.Sonam is being unnecessarily criticised she wasn’t that bad.Expect the movie to break weekend records but if you expect it to break pks record then god help you

  • Watched PRDP. An average movie, Salman is good. The film’s biggest flaw is the erratic direction of Barjatya. Barjatya could not deliver another HAHK or HSSH this time. PRDP fails to match the level of those 2 films, sadly. Music is average, and so is the supporting cast I think. Sonam Kapoor is a terrible actress, damn sure about that! PRDP will not entertain the youth. Families may like it. The film is simply outdated. one time watch for salman fans, neutral, public should avoid.

  • Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review (PRDP)
    By Anand

    Let me start with His Royal Highness His Majesty Maharaj Vijay Singh….

    I am not gonna write much on the story of the film…

    This film is not about Marriage or a so-called Shaadi DVD at all unlike some people with negative mindsets presume or say with a predetermined mind.

    It is story of troubled and estranged siblings of Royal Family that ends with uniting all the family members happily. It is a typical Sooraj Barjatya film, a director who is positive all the time, only knows how to give love and likes to show how to share selfless bonds in a family.

    First of all, the film is truly grand looking, lavishly shot, funny, clean and romantic.

    While Maharaj Vijay Singh truly got into the skin of the character like a real king. His walking style, talking style and body languages truly depict him like a real king. He had a short screen time but he excelled.
    Secondly, it was the Vijay Singh look alike Prem Dilwala who happens to replace Vijay Singh when the king was under medical care after escaping an assasination attempt. Prem is cheering, endearing, loving, funny, simple and entertaining…. He will sure entertain the audiences.
    Though the film is long but it will never bore you due its engaging positivity, funs and love.
    Plus, it has amazing sword fights in the climax which will compensate you if you find some dull moments.

    It is a great to see how Royal Families give their daughter to a common man so happily. It is something we need to learn from. No discriminations! All human beings are equal.

    For me, I feel the plot of the movie a bit loos. The plot why the siblings got estranged should be more tighter, stronger and filled with suspenses.
    And I didnt like the scene of the football match shown in the movie. It was a bit ridiculous.

    Having said that, I say this movie will engage the audiences who like to stay positive and chilled by watching some grand cinema. Its cinematography is excellent.
    This movie is not for those who likes to be negative and like the films with negative plots.

    Sooraj is positive and clean. So is his film. Such films are rare today. I hope this film will be a pathbreaking movie and make ways for other filmmakers to make positive films nowadays instead of making films on sex or gangsters.

    It is a perfect gift for audiences who want to celebrate with their families in Diwali. As WOM spreads, the families will throng to the theatres in groups.

    Go and watch it. And learn how to be positive in life.

    Rating: 4/5*****

  • @Zeeshan- Agree with you bro.I’m also a SRK fan but indicine is biased towards khans specially Salman and SRK. Last year they gave 4 stars to HNY and this year they gave 4 stars to PRDP. Both are not good movies for sure. Indicine gave 2* to PKP2 after reading their review I decided not to watch it. but after two weeks I watched it with my friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. They said Holiday Is an average movie when I watched it on TV I liked it Akshay was Superb. I have many examples to give but leave.
    Indicine u gave 3.5 to BB and 4 stars to PRDP please explain me your logic

  • Best one are indicine and dna, and the worst are indian express and bollywood life ,i wonder how and what made them to give such worst reviews.
    Pesonally i feel prdp is best unique film which is not made regular and have completly offers a genre after many years .

  • All who give 3.5+ ratings they all point out & taking about box office even opening.

    Who make them critics.This type of critic who not talk about story & direction & acting but about box office can only found in my India.
    I don’t know about how the film is but to give review through the prospective of Box office is just chitting with their own work of criticism.
    By the way waiting for next Dilwale & Fan , Sultan & RAEES.

  • pram dilwala …. awesome movie. .. dilwale naam vi Salman le gaya … sab record tutega kohi sak nahi …. Buddha , jawan, bachcha … sabko a movie dil se pasand aayegi .. Salman rocks

  • Spread negativity as much as you want. At the end, Achchayi wins..
    When HAHK was released, it was heavily criticised and thrashed by critics. Look where it stands today.
    Lets see and watch until Sunday…

  • Till Sunday, all shows are going packed, so no threat to lifetime collections and it is all set to cross 200cr in worst case scenario. But all those, who were claiming a ‘300 cr storm’ were wrong. Considering the average/below average reviews (yeah, by end of the day it has turned into below average) , 300 cr looks far from here on.

  • The flow of reviews were like :

    Post morning shows : It was above average to good.
    Post noon shows : It was strictly average
    Post evening shows : It was average/below average

    And these are not the reactions of critics (I never believe in these laid critics). But regular movie buffs including Salman fans have these reactions after watching PRDP. !!!

  • While it’s laudable on the part of Sooraj Barjatya to stick to the sweetness of the nineties, anything in excess is harmful to your viewing pleasure. While I was quite happy with ’90s flavour in the first half, the over-melodrama in the second half brings us the memories of the cringe-worthiness seen in the ’80s era. The biggest loophole is that it’s 2015 and Barjatya hasn’t moved ahead with the times. The film has excess of everything, be it the length, the songs, the melodrama, but today’s audience has limited patience to bear all that. Less is always more and that’s something Sooraj needs to accept. Also unlike his previous ventures which had some truly memorable characters (Bauji and Tuffy, remember anyone?), except for Prem, none of the characters tugs to your heart in PRDP. From the start till the end, you know how the film will move and how it will end – it’s a potpourri of cliches. And if you guessed it right, Yay! You are eligible to write the screenplay of Rajshri Films’ next venture.

    The editor seems to have forgotten that he had a job to do, as a few sequences get stretched too much to ruin your patience (WTF was the football song all about? It was so unfunny that I actually pitied Sonam Kapoor for smiling throughout the scene…and that fight scene in the climax, so drenched in the tackiness of the ’70s!). The plot screams to you for bringing your brains to the movie. How come Vijay survived a huge fall of the cliff with just a few minor bruises and a unpronounceable condition, both of which disappear within four days? Why did Vijay’s father make his palace at the edge of the waterfall and yet has so weak ledges that even a child can easily dismantle it? Why does Neil Nitin Mukesh and Armaan Kohli do nothing much even when they realise Anupam Kher has brought in an impostor? Neil Nitin Mukesh is completely wasted (There is a stolen Games of Thrones musical cue in a scene that looks like it is included to either mock the poor guy’s recent GoT casting disaster, or may be a symbol of how long the film will be). Armaan Kohli plays a one dimensional villain, who is as menacing as the teddy bear my niece plays with! Also the number of times every character says the word Dilwale, it is as if Salman Khan is giving free publicity to his current ‘best’ friend, Shah Rukh Khan and his upcoming film!

  • taran adarsh cross every limit of chamcha girriii and indicine face a pressure of salmania other than that picture is quite clear not meet a half of expectations

  • Don’t worry srkgian, Dilwale Isse bhi bada flop hoga…
    Trailer itna bakwas hai to film kitna bakwas hoga soch bhi nahi sakte ho…. 1/5 stars to trailer. To socho Film ko 0.5/5 stars milegi….

  • @asad kaun..? The NANGA khan

    When did you start caring for salmans fans tweets you jobless nut…? No doubt chameleons and haters like you are working in overdrive today but at the end of the day your crappy new yrs fake/ crappy record will be history just like your crappy review of pk last christmas…!

    Go back to the day job of trying to sell your homemade tragic shaadi dvd titled:- “asad nanga khan ki honawali biwi ko bachao’

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