A torture of a rom-com

Ramaiya Vastavaiya
Hindi (U/A) ¬
Cast: Girish Taurani, Shruti Haasan, Sonu Sood
Director: Prabhu Deva

Ramaiya Vastavaiya is touted as a rom-com. Try hard and you will never find a trace of romance or comedy.

It is only the actors who laugh at the “jokes” in the movie.
It is the same old tried and tested story of a rich boy (Girish Kumar) falling in love with a village belle (Shruti Haasan). And the girl’s brother wants to test the boy’s love for her.

The movie is a remake of a Prabhu Deva’s directorial debut — Telugu hit Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana — which again was a remake of Hindi blockbuster Maine Pyar Kiya.

Girish Kumar, producer Kumar Taurani’s son, tries hard to fit into the role, but his launch vehicle fails to take off. As for Shruti Haasan, her dialogue delivery — which is same throughout the film — fails her.

Prabhu Deva presents his old wine in a new bottle, unsuccessfully. The saving grace of the film are the veterans — Randhir Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and Poonam Dhillon — who do their part with conviction. Sonu Sood, too, does justice to his role.
Choreography is Prabhu Deva’s forte and he gleefully squeezes in songs and dance at every turn, much to the agony of the viewers.

Ramaiya Vastavaiya is essentially a concoction of Maine Pyar Kiya and Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (at least those movies had a good cast and nice songs). Here, however hard the director tries, the output is simply unbearable.
Spare yourself the torture.

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