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23rd November 2015

Review: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

This Bollywood hit, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, suffers from a general lack of coherence and some over-simplification

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo translates to ‘receive a treasure called love’. This unsure love matrix leads Maitihli, a young princess engaged to Yuvraj Vijay Singh—a prince of Pritampur due to be crowned king—into a matter of confusion, because the Prem Diwali portrays all of the things that a commitment to love can probably achieve. The Prem Diwlai is a go-lucky stage actor who tries to fix a time to meet Maitihli, whom he is in love with. A situation arises where he is requested to provide cover for Yuvraj, impersonating him to his fiancé, so as to protect her and the public. The reason being is that Yuvraj has suffered a malicious, pre-meditated crash. This leaves him unconscious.

The Prem Diwali is a helpless romantic who assembles notes on character traits that Maitihli is not happy with and tries to please her in any way. He tries to bridge a long, broken gap between best friends and brothers and sisters. All of this he does for a fairytale family and princess, giving love and commitment unwittingly and receiving little in return for himself. Whilst he the non-regal character could do so much more with the community, instead he gives unwitting devoted love that is unsure.

This movie is not a typical fairytale, but it describes the kind nature of genuine Indian folk. The production was not great; with scene setting changes, it did not follow through cohesively at times. This is evident right from the beginning, where straight after the preliminary musical scenes, the film cuts straight to a tense scene with no corresponding flow. The Security head of Pritampur Palace, Sanjay, and Diwan Sahib, are the original proposers of Prem giving cover for Yuvraj whilst in hideout. Diwan Sahib provides a fair just-doer character that symbolizes kindness in an uncle, adding some element of comedy and fun. This is something that the Indian folk would be touched by in a political era of dominators’ rule.

Whilst Sanjay is a more serious figure with a smaller amount of smiles received, on the whole this movie creates a love paradox that is unwitting but loving. It delivers on the aspect, mirroring a lot of emotion perceived within some far-eastern lands. Love needs to be simplified, yet needs to become incredibly intellectual.


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