Cast: Girish Kumar, Shruti Haasan, Sonu Sood
A rich spoilt brat falls in love with a simple girl. But, like in every hindi film, parents are against the entire set up. The boy's mother accuses the girl of setting a trap for the boy. The girl cries and then enters the girl's brother. A little more loud music and a little more rona-dhona later, he takes her back to the village. The boy is obviously missing from the scene who only gets to know about the entire fiasco later and follows the girl to her village and decides to win over her brother. Sounds familiar? Yes! A little sense of dejavu prevails over when you watch Prabhudeva's latest offering 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya'.
A little into the first half of the film and you almost mistake it to be a Sooraj Barjatya's 'Maine Pyaar Kia' only to realise that 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya' does not weave the same magic as Salman and Bhagyashree did in the 1989 hit film. And, when you think that Girish Kumar's character is a little over the top, you realize that director Prabhudeva takes inspiration from Salman Khan but this time from his 1998 film 'Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya'. Sonu Sood's act as a stern and protective brother reminds you of Arbaaz Khan and Girish Kumar tries hard to follow the footsteps of Salman Khan in 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya'.
But more than Prabhudeva's attempt to put the old wine in a new bottle, what seems to take away from the film is the fact that it thrives heavily on cliches. It begins with the typical love story between a rich boy and a village belle. The drama then unfolds in village where another boy secretly loves the girl and tries hard to put things to an end between the lovers. There are some really hilarious unexplained scenes in the film as well. Like for instance, the girl everyday prays at the village temple perched on top of a hill for her love and when something wrong is about to happen, there is divine intervention as the temple bells begin to ring on their own.
Cliches galore, the film is not a complete disappointment. Apart from some melodious songs, it's the humour and some likeable performances by the actors that help you sail through the film. Newcomer Girish Kumar has a childlike quality about him which works perfectly for his character in the film. He may not be the best, but surely shows promise in his Bollywood debut. Leading lady Shruti Haasan looks beautiful in the film but emotes more through her eyes than through her dialogues Sonu Sood and Vinod Khanna are likeable in their respective roles.
Watch 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya' only if you have a taste for over the top 90s romance.
Rating: 2 out of 5