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'Sanam Teri Kasam' review: Where is the Sense and Sensibility?

'Sanam Teri Kasam' review: Where is the Sense and Sensibility?

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 06 February 2016

Movie Title

'Sanam Teri Kasam' review: Where is the Sense and Sensibility?

Director

Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru

Star Cast

Harshvardhan Rane, Mawra Hocane, Vijay Raaz

'Behenji', 'Museum Piece', 'Encyclopedia', 'Fossil' - these are some of the terms heaped on our central character Saraswati aka Saru. Why, you ask. Because, good heavens, she happens to wear spectacles and has a penchant for ethnic khadi kurtas. Yup, that's it. It doesn't matter that she looks ravishing in the spectacles and her ethnic wardrobe is an interesting one.

All her family from hell cares for is that prospective grooms keep rejecting her. The authoritarian father is insistent she marry a Brahmin IIT-IIM boy, while her sister wails, 'Find a Man' so that she can get married to her boyfriend as well.

She swallows insults by the dozen on a daily basis, and desperate to find a man, asks her neighbour Inder (Harshwardhan Rane) for help.

In films like these, everything for female characters hinges on physical beauty, which dare not defy the clichéd version. Once this character too as been forced into that mould-long flowing hair, make-up, fancy clothes, NO spectacles- she finds more than one suitor.

Her friend and confidante Inder develops feelings for her, so does one IIT-IIM hot-shot at the office.

Meanwhile, a misunderstanding makes things complicated. In an unbelievable, long-drawn scene, we see the building society question Saru's father, what she was doing in Inder's room at night and how she crossed the "ghar ki laxman rekha".

That done, the father raises his hand on his daughter, without giving her a chance to explain, and disowns her. He then conducts a pooja to formalize that she is dead to him. Saru is forced to live separately, and her photo in her parents' home now carries a garland around it (phew, talk about over-dramatizing stuff).

Saru cries (a lotttt) and Inder offers his grimy shoulders for support. She's perpetually in one problem or the other, leading to the biggest one yet, and he plays the constant rescuer.

The same damsel-in-distress mode is annoying, as this character trait is repeated in varying degrees throughout the film. It is to Pakistani actor Mawra Hocane's credit that she makes her simpering- whimpering character somewhat credible. She's wonderful in the film despite the limiting role, and has the potential to do wonders in a better movie.

Harshwardhan Rane, he of the tattooed, shirtless gym body plays it cool and is understated.

Director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru were one of the foremost music video directors of the last decade, when videos were in vogue. And indeed, the film too comes alive during the song picturisations. For example, the song where Inder conjures up a mock wedding scenario is superbly executed.

But music videos don't make a solid film. Nor do TV serial sensibilities. This one is sheer torture for its regressive take on everything, save for a few bright moments when Hocane is onscreen.

Rating: 1.5 stars

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