“Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” has been one of the most awaited movies of this year as it brings back the hit combination of Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya of Rajshri Productions. A lavishly designed royal fare, the movie boasts of an ensemble star cast with Salman Khan in a double role, accompanied by the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor along with Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar, Deepak Dobriyal, Arman Kohli and Anupam Kher in the key roles. Once again, after the previous successes of the family oriented movies like “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun” and “Hum Saath Saath Hai”, Sooraj Barjatya has cast “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” in the same mould.
As said before, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” is yet another family drama by Rajshri. Like the previous movies of the banner, the plot yet again revolves around the family but the only difference this time is that it is about a royal family living in a grand palace. Salman Khan plays the would-be king Vijay, while there is his look alike Prem Dilwale, who portrays Ram in the street Ram Leela. While the stage is being set for the grand coronation of Vijay, in steps the look alike to set things right, in a family where the prince has a jealous step brother (Neil Nitin Mukesh), out to get him. Sonam Kapoor is cast as a young princess and the love interest of Prem as he comes in to replace the prince in the palace. Swara Bhaskar and Aashka Bhatia play the step sisters who too are not fond of the prince as they believe that he has been the reason why they have been deprived of their rightful position in the estate. When Prem along with his friend Deepak Dobriyal enter the palace to replace the emotionally isolated prince, they teach the family all about family bonding and in the typical Rajshri style, family ties win in the end.
Like all other previous movies of this banner, the expectations have been sky high from “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” too, but unfortunately the screenplay has been totally ignored, though the director has tried to serve the old wine in new bottle. But Indian audience has come a long way from the era of MPK and HAHK and this one seems like an old fashioned melodrama which simple fails to gel in the present period. “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” relies a bit too much on the charisma of Salman Khan aka Prem and he has actually delivered with some sparkling moments, but overall, there has been nothing commendable about the performances of the others in the star cast. Sonam looks unconvincing as a philanthropic princess while others hardly get a chance to showcase their abilities. Overall, the defect lies in the making as this one seems far behind the times.
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Box Office Collections
The makers of “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” chose the occasion of Diwali, 12th November, for its release and it has been a smart decision indeed, as despite being an average fare, it has been able to muster a collection of Rs 40.35 crore on the first day, followed by Rs 31.03 crore on the second day. The first weekend saw a tumultuous collection of Rs 129.77 crore on the domestic box office.
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