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Saawariya
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast:
Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rani Mukerjee, Salman Khan, Zohra Segal and Begum Para
Length:
137 mins
Release:
9 November 2007 by Sony Pictures Releasing
pg cert camera
Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya
Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya

"Brilliant cinematography does not compensate for emotional short comings." BBC Shropshire Bollywood.

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Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story 'White Nights', this Indian adaptation focuses on penniless singer Ranbir Raj (Ranbir).

Cycling straight into a picturesque, quaint town, he strikes a friendship and enlightens the lives of everyone he meets.

A chance encounter introduces him to Sakina (Sonam) a shy and mysterious girl, full of intrigue.

And so begins a new friendship, as handsome Raj, with his most charming ways and an undying spirit, tries to win Sakina's heart.

Unable to accept her haunting past, their friendship pulls Raj into a whirlwind of desire, madness and romance...

Director Bhansali's cinematic flair may appeal visually but an incoherent screenplay gives a feeling you are watching a stage musical.

Bhansali should have concentrated more on characterisation by developing each individual role.

For 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.

But 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!

Bollywood 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.

On the whole, brilliant cinematography cannot make up for the emotional shortcomings in Saawariya.

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Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
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