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Saathyia
Director: Shaad Ali
Cast:
Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherjee, Sandhya Mridul, Tanuja, Satish Shah, Sharat Saxena with special appearance by Shahrukh Khan and Tabu
Length:
165mins
Release:
20th December 2002 by Yash Raj Films
Information: Screened at UCI Telford with English subtitles on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th January 2003.
15 cert camera
Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerjee
Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerjee in Saathyia

‘Saathiya' meaning ‘Companion’, is a remake of Mani Ratnam's successful South Indian film 'Alaipayuthey'.

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Saathiya’s story picks up where most Bollywood films finish.

Basically most films end with the couple living happily ever after - but has anyone thought of what actually happens after the wedding?

This is where director Shaad Ali comes in to enlighten his audience about life after marriage and beyond.

The film opens with an anxious Aditya Sehgal (Vivek Oberoi) waiting for his wife Suhani (Rani) at the railway station.

She is nowhere to be seen. . . .What follows is a flashback to what happened prior to this scenario.

Aditya is a lawyer’s son who falls in love with medical student Suhani when they meet at a wedding celebration.

Initially this attraction turns out to be a one sided affair because of Suhani’s main priority of fulfilling her parents ambition of becoming a doctor.

After much persuasion, Suhani finally agrees to Aditya's romantic advances. They both marry in secrecy.
This is because in the Indian culture the eldest of the sibblings must marry first before the next in line can do so.

In this case, its Suhani’s elder sister who has the full rights to marry first.

But soon enough, their secret marriage comes out in the open. This results in the couple being thrown out of their respective homes due to parental opposition.

Suddenly they find that they are on their own and discover that life can be very harsh and cruel whilst being in love.

So what begun as a bed of roses turns out to be a bed of thorns as Aditya struggles to find a good career.

Suhani, on the other hand, receives news of his father’s illness. But Aditya refuses to visit his ailing father-in-law.

Hence a rift begins to form between the couple as Suhani becomes uncompromising to Aditya’s continual outbursts.

This leads to their separation. But after some time, Aditya realises that life is meaningless without Suhani.

So what follows next is one man’s quest to find his beloved saathyia. But will he find Suhani?

Director Shaad Ali has proved with this film that he has the talent to tell a story in a simplified way.

There are definitely no sub plots to cause a distraction from the main storyline.

What is so different about this flick is that the character of Aditya is very similar to that of the man on the street - not some Bollywood hero. Hence one can easily relate to his character in real life.

Vivek Oberoi shows great promise in his acting by exuding sincerity and realism in each and every scene.

But above all, he dances extremely well in all the song sequences.

As for Rani Mukerjee, she plays the character of a middle class girl with great conviction.

One can easily see the chemistry between her and Vivek on screen. We hope to see more films from this duo in the near future.

The film’s music by A R Rehman is melodious - especially the two songs, Aye Udi Udi Udi and Managalayam which have been filmed on a grand and colourful scale using the cinematography of Anil Mehta.

At long last we can say that we have a film that will appeal to the whole family. And there is no going wrong there as far as Saathyia is concerned!

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar, BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood.

 
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