Ramaiya Vastavaiya : Fun in parts, Regressive mostly……


Prabhu Deva returns with his third offering. And like his previous two ventures, its a remake of a regional film. But here is the most interesting bit of news. For the first time, he has remade his own film. Now when you do something like that, you tend to iron out all your flaws which plagued the original and come out with a film which is similar in spirit, but at the same time is refreshingly different. And this is where Ramaiya Vastavaiya fails. It is no match for the spunky chemistry displayed by Siddharth and Trisha in the original film titled ‘ Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’. Now i do agree the actors in the original were clearly of a higher pedigree as compared to debutante Girish Taurani and Shruti Haasan. But then again somehow the magic goes missing in this Hindi adaptation.

The story is a no brainier really. Boy meets girl, falls in love, the girl reciprocates after initial rejection and just when the romance is cruising at auto pilot mode, the society decides to play spoilsport and they drift apart. But boy is determined and follows the girl to her village and finally wins the heart of everyone. Simply said and simply done. Tons of films have been churned on this story-line and there will be tons more. But the presentation is what matters. And there again this film has nothing new to offer.

There are scenes which are oddly funny in the film, but there are too less to leave any impact. The acting by the debutante Girish Taurani is terribly hammy and it irritates you after a while. Shruti Haasan who was terrific in D-Day doesn’t pass any muster here and does a role which any girl could have done. Sonu Sood plays a role akin to what Arbaaz Khan played in Pyaar Kiya toh Darna Kya. A major disappointment is an actor of the caliber of Nasseer playing such a  terrible role. He owes one to the viewers. Randhir Kapoor and Poonam Dhillon are routine parents to the hero who appear and disappear  whenever asked to do so. Jacqueline Fernandez appears in an item number, and I have no idea what is a village belle doing with braided hair. Logically insane, the song is good fun while it lasts.

If there is anything which you take back home from the film, it is the film’s music. Sachin-Jigar are in top form here and with Atif, they create pure magic. Prabhu Deva’s direction is plain ordinary and nothing to write home about.

Overall, the film tries to revive what the viewers loved in the 80s and 90s, and I guess the film hasn’t really been rejected proves that such films do have an audience base and till the time, that exists, we shall have to grin and bear it.

My rating- 1.5/5

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