Has nothing novel to offer
Prabhu Deva has mastered the art of remakes when it comes to South movies in Bollywood, and 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya' is his third attempt to translate a South story for the Hindi audiences. He made his directorial debut in 2005 with the Telugu film 'Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana' which means 'If you want to come, will I say no?' So, it was like presenting an old wine in a new bottle after seven years, when Prabhu Deva opted to make the remake of his debut with 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya'.
The movie begins with Raghuveer (Sonu Sood) behind bars narrating the true story behind his arrest to the prison guard. 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya' is the story of farmer Raghuveer's beloved sister Sona (Shruti Haasan) falling in love with billionaire Ram (Girish Kumar) from Australia. Ram's mother Ashvini (Poonam Dhillon) is a control freak, and quite money minded too, and she wants her son to marry a girl from a wealthy family, so she obviously is quite furious about her son falling in love with the village belle Sona. Ram's dad Siddharth (Randhir Kapoor) is a business tycoon, who does not have the nerve to stand up to his wife.
A 'Rich boy and poor girl' love story, followed by the rich boy working in the village to prove his true love and finally their reunion is a common trick used by directors for decades now, and this movie too uses the same formula; the story in fact reminds you of 'Maine Pyar Kiya'.
Girish Kumar makes a confident debut; from surfing the blue waters, to his comic timing, to making the right dance moves, he does it all. Girish has the cute boy appeal that will help him connect with the college crowd; however, he needs to work on his acting skills and dialogue delivery. Shruti Haasan looks beautiful and she has the innocence required to play a village girl. She has a very expressive face, but needs to work on her voice, as it sounds husky. Sonu Sood is the saving factor of the movie; he plays a doting brother brilliantly, and in fact, he adds more weight every time he appears on screen. Vinod Khanna is decent in his role of Sonu Sood's Godfather. Randhir Kapoor is funny. Poonam Dhillon is perfect as the snooty mom. Satish Shah, Nassar and Paresh Ganatra perform well in the scope of their character.
Ramaiya Vastavaiya's music is its major asset, especially the track 'Jeene Laga Hoon' which forms the foundation for multiple scenes. 'Hip Hop Pammi' is a party song, and Jacqueline does her bit as she groves on 'Jadoo Ki Jhappi'.
Prabhu Deva directed two blockbusters – 'Wanted' and 'Rowdy Rathore' in a row, but his third offering is not up to the mark; the scenes look pretty dated, and it feels like watching a movie that was shot over a decade ago. Besides just a few funny scenes at the party and at the farm, the movie has nothing novel to offer. It's just not direction, but even the choreography that is not impressive; there are no unique dance steps.
'Ramaiya Vastavaiya' will work with youngsters and the family audiences. Go for the movie only if you believe in romantic fables.