'Yaariyan' with all its flaws worked for debutante director Divya Khosla Kumar because it had the youth connect to it, and the genre did not require much logic. Now, that probably gave Kumar more courage to work on her second venture 'Sanam Re', financial backing by producer husband Bhushan Kumar being a strong asset. However, we seriously hope that this will be the final attempt by the director to direct a film without a concrete plot. The film written by Sanjeev Datta is a complete disaster when it comes to the basic storyline, not that the screenplay, narrative or the actors could do much to save its fate.
Akash (Pulkit Samrat) leaves his small town 'Tanakpur' and his childhood love Shruti (Yami Gautam) for higher education and a good job. His ailing granddad is the force behind his coming back to his hometown. His 'Daadu' apparently is also his love adviser, who predicts that Akash will never get his childhood love. Amidst all this, Akash who hates his boss is asked to woo some Mrs. Pablo (Urvashi Rautela) for an assignment that he must procure for his company.
The story is run-of-the-mill, target was to make and intense romantic drama which turned into a snooze fest for the audience because of the poorly baked incomplete script.
As far as the performances are concerned, both Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam portrayed immense potential with their first films, however, there is not much they could do here, reason being a bad script, equally bad screenplay and mediocre direction. They are pretty average in the film only better than Rautela who just had skin show to her credit in cold Canada winters, now that does need hard work. Bharti Singh is strictly okay while it's just Rishi Kapoor who you really want to see in the film.
Music by Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly and Aman Singh is good and Sameer Arya does a commendable job with the cinematography showcasing Leh, Mumbai and Canada in an absolutely serene way.
The film seems way to long for its almost 2 hour run time and its difficult for the audiences to be on their seat all the while. We suggest skipping this one and re-watching 'Airlift' or watching 'Fitoor this weekend.