Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo offers classic Rajshri fare albeit with a rather PG13 vibe to the whole thing. The big question is whether it turns out to be an effective Salman Khan movie. Let’s find out.
It all takes place in a fictional kingdom where Kings build palatial homes atop a waterfall and princes swordfight for real instead of on a video game. We are introduced to the free spirited Dilwala (Salman Khan) who spends his time dancing and singing with his sidekick Deepak Dobriyal. Dilwala is in love with Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) which is how he lands up at Rajgarh fort where she is supposed to marry the Prince played by Salman once again. What follows is the age old tale of deceit and treachery as an attempt is made on his life and his loyal followers replace him with Dilwala. And Dilwala of course has to fall in love with Maithili and the whole thing turns into a royal and predictable mess.
While the movie failed to impress us from the get go, it steadily grows on you thanks primarily to Salman’s antics. While he hams his way through the Prince’s character, Sallu is immensely lovable as Dilwala and along with Deepak Dobriyal, he manages to keep you entertained throughout. Sonam Kapoor is a sight for sore eyes while Anupam Kher provides the only really good acting input in the entire film. Neil Nitin Mukesh and Armaan Kohli seem to outdo each other when it comes to poor acting reminding us why HBO doesn’t want him for Game Of Thrones.
Sooraj Barjatya for once seems to have skipped over the idea of having a ton of family members and makes do with only half a dozen. He also clumsily tries to introduce a few raunchy elements into the mix and tries to show us that he has matured with the times. These things may not always work well but overall the film manages to be a decent family entertainer. For Salman and only Salman, we shall go with three stars for this movie.