Filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya is synonymous with family dramas and his latest venture 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' is no different. His previous family dramas 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' and 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' turned out to be blockbusters and managed to achieve cult status. But will 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' manage to achieve the same feat or will it be a letdown let's analyze.
'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' tells the story of Yuvraj Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) whose coronation is to take place and just days before the coronation, his own younger brother Yuvraj Ajay Singh (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and his accomplice hatch a plot to assassinate him and claim the throne for himself. Yuvraj Vijay Singh is also engaged to Maithili Devi (Sonam Kapoor). Ajay Singh almost accomplishes his mission of assassinating Vijay Singh as he falls into the sea and as a result becomes comatose but fortunately manages to survive. Vijay Singh is kept into hiding by Diwan Sahab (Anupam Kher) for a few days and during this period, Vijay Singh's lookalike Prem Dilwale (Salman Khan in a double role) takes his place and incidentally Maithili Devi unknowingly romances with him taking him to be Yuvraj Vijay Singh. But eventually what will be the outcome of the turnaround of events, will the strained relationship between the brothers Vijay and Ajay ever reconcile, forms the reminder of the story.
Coming to terms with the acting part, two actors need special mention, Salman Khan and Anupam Kher. Both the veterans as usual are in fine form yet again. Both carry out their respective characters with finesse and manage to carry the film equally on their able shoulders. Salman is equally good in both his comic timing as well as the emotional sequences. Sonam Kapoor quite frankly does not fit the bill. Even after quite a few years now in bollywood, there are clear signs that she still has some scope for improvement in her acting skills and also the pairing of Salman and Sonam somewhat looks like a misfit. Neil Nitin Mukesh is strictly okay. Deepak Dobriyal who plays Salman's best friend and sidekick is also equally hilarious in his act and does complete justice to his role. Rest of the supporting cast of Armaan Kohli, Swara Bhaskar, Aashika Bhatia and Samaira Rao are satisfactory.
Cinematography of the film is commendable as the grand and lavish sets of the film have been captured with supreme expertise. Editing of the film is frankly worth criticising as the film is 3 hours long and above that there are too many songs which add to the length of the film. Agreed with the fact that Sooraj Barjatya's films are well known for their songs and dance sequences, but there are too many and that too after every 5 minutes or so which make the film even more boring.
Music of the film is unfortunately mediocre this time and nowhere even close to Sooraj's previous effort, 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun'. There are ten songs in all but the only one which manages to stand out a bit is the title track. None of the other songs are up to the mark.
Unfortunately folks, 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo's storyline is not as commendable as the filmmaker's previous efforts neither is the music. Except Salman and Anupam Kher, the rest of the cast are not quite up to the mark. Of course the film is high on lavish sets and grandeur, but the storyline is not something very special and fizzles out. Watch 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' only if you are a die-hard fan of Sooraj Barjatya's films or if you have nothing better to do this weekend.