on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story 'White Nights', this Indian adaptation
focuses on penniless singer Ranbir Raj (Ranbir).
straight into a picturesque, quaint town, he strikes a friendship
and enlightens the lives of everyone he meets.
encounter introduces him to Sakina (Sonam) a shy and mysterious
girl, full of intrigue.
so begins a new friendship, as handsome Raj, with his most charming
ways and an undying spirit, tries to win Sakina's heart.
to accept her haunting past, their friendship pulls Raj into a whirlwind
of desire, madness and romance...
Bhansali's cinematic flair may appeal visually but an incoherent
screenplay gives a feeling you are watching a stage musical.
should have concentrated more on characterisation by developing
each individual role.
example, neither the relationship between Salman Khan's character
and that of Sakina, nor Salman's subsequent disappearance and re-entry
on to the scene during the film's climax, are fully explained.
the strong point of Saawariya is Monty's melodious musical score
with a record number of 11 song sequences sounding very pleasing
to the ears!
newcomer Ranbir Kapoor appears extremely confident and flawlessly
portrays the sincerity of his character. A true Bollywood star is
born! Ranbir is one who will move quickly at the top of the acting
career ladder provided he is given the right roles.
As for Ranbir's co-star, gorgeous Sonam Kapoor, she gets more scope
to showcase her talents in the film's second half.
Of the supporting cast, it's Zohra Sehgal as Ranbir's stern yet
mellow landlady who wins over your heart.
the whole, brilliant cinematography cannot make up for the emotional
shortcomings in Saawariya.
by Manish Gajjar