2.5 Good

Saawariya

Saawariya is a dream. It’s one of those dreams that you cannot interpret. It’s a dream you never wished to have dreamt. All through the film it seemed that Sanjay Bhansali has transformed into scenes whatever he has read. He has not made use of his cinematic sensibilities. The movie moved at such a slow pace that it seemed like a test match and the songs, 4s and 6s that soothe your ears now and then.
Omung Kapoor does a great job with the sets. The set, again, comes straight out of Sanjay Bhansali’s dreams. It rains profusely at odd hours, snows during id. There was a scene were the whole town is shown from the top of a church. From that view the town looked like a mixture of Hogwarts and a city straight out of Arabian Nights.
Ravi K. Chandran did what he does best. The cinematography is superb. He does magic even with the monotonous dull colors in the movie.
Ranbir is the true star of the movie. His dance will remind of Hrithik’s moves. His comic timing is good but at times when he tries to e funny he ends up looking silly. But Ranbir is way better than other star kids like Tushar Kapoor. Saawariya aka Ranbir Raj (Ranbir’s character is called Ranbir Raj) is no extraordinary character out of Bhansali’s frame. These days all our metro sexual heroes believe in sacrifice and Ranbir Raj is no exception. In spite of all that Ranbir shows signs of a future superstar.
Sonam doesn’t have much to do in the movie. But wherever she appeared on the screen she appeared gracefully. But her character Sakina at times seemed irritating. Her chemistry with Salman was awesome.
When SLB says that Gulab is his sunshine, he is so true because Gulab is the only character that brings in the fun element in the film. And Rani Mukherjee again does a great job. But Sanjay Leela Bhansali could very well do without having Rani in the film. When I came home and narrated the story to my cousin, I realized that I have totally not mentioned Rani in the whole story telling. And as for Salman, he only did the film because of his friendship with Sanjay.
And I have a word to say to all those who are comparing OSO and Saawariya. Please don’t compare the two films. They are as different as chalk and cheese. If OSO is one of the most colorful films, Saawariya is all black and blue. In fact, in 90% of the scenes that’s the only shade of clothes the characters wear.
If anyone understands the film from the first frame to the last, then CONGRATULATIONS!! You are Einstein.