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Movie Review: Sanam Re – Photo-romance, not cinema!


Sanam Re

Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, Urvashi Rautela, Rishi Kapoor

Director: Divya Khosla Kumar

Rating: * *

Runtime: 120 mins

In film circles the buzz is that a good film editor cum cinematographer can make even the most incompetent of directors look good. Methinks  ‘Yaariyan’ Divya Khosla Kumar’s debut directorial effort benefited from that source and the same holds true for this , her second film.

The homegrown  T series label ensures that the film has the best compilation of music possible  and there is no taking away from that fact. The music is possibly the only real magnet that would draw you into the theatres.   The film has reasonably attractive actors making gooey eyes at each other in beautifully shot exotic locales but there’s no real , imagined or original story to tell. So with no glue to really hold it all together, what you get is a stagey, cut-out romance that tests your patience with every subsequent song and dance of it.

Aakash(Pulkit Samrat)has his hometown in Tanakpur, a small town that has seen many of it’s youngsters relocating to busier , bustling cities. In Mumbai, Aakash is struggling with his job while back home his Daadu (Rishi Kapoor) once a famous photographer, now diagnosed with Alzheimers, is steadily on the decline. Aakash’s parents call him home for settling his Daadu’s properties which also includes a photography studio. So Aakash decides to go back home and rekindle old memories- some of which include his first love Shruti(Yami Gautam).

They meet again, question past decisions and reconcile to new circumstances but then another hurdle crosses their path. Quite a silly one though. Won’t go into details on that. Needless to say, there’s very little real romance here. Most of it is imagined in flashbacks and when the characters are in the here and now, they just appear to be having a self-serving preening competition in front of the cameras. Less said about Divya Bhushan Kumar’s capabilities as a director. This film doesn’t even have it’s actors playing roles convincingly. They just want to look good and that’s not what we should be paying our hard-earned money for.