Ramaiya Vastavaiya is the Hindi remake of the Telugu blockbuster Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana that starred Siddharth and Trisha. Prabhu Deva puts on the direction cap yet again for one of his own movies. Since I haven’t seen the original , I will review it as a fresh film.
The story isn’t new. Ram (Girish Kumar) is the son of an Australian NRI millionaire who flies down to India to attend a cousin’s marriage and falls in love with her friend – Shona (Shruti Hassan). But one insulting scene between his mother and girl and his brother shatters everything to the ground. Now he must impress his overprotecting brother to win his love back.
The movie will remind you are lot of ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’ , but it certainly did not bore me except for some stupid gags in the first half and a couple again in the second. There is not much to talk about the story as its cliched and predictable. But I’m quite sure there are a few scenes which will definitely make you smile, even giggle at times . The chemistry is not great between the lead pair but the romance shown is cute.
Talking about the plus point – Even though its predictable and cliched its fairly entertaining, even with a run-time of 2 hours 30 minutes its quite tolerable . The screenplay is well written and the scenes fit right in . Prabhudheva’s Direction is well-done. Cinematography is quite beautiful when it goes to the mesmerizing village part of the movie . Music by Sachin-Jigar is melodious , especially the ‘Jeene Lagaa Hun’ track has been used quite intelligently throughout the movie.
Talking about the performances, Girish Kumar can’t be judged by me based on his performance in this movie, he over-acts but I think that was the need of the role here. Shruti Hassan still can’t act to the mark but her innocent smile and her mute nodes just made me fall in love with her again. The best in the performance department will definitely be Sonu Sood, as the protective, caring and loving brother he is at the top of his game. Vinod Khanna is good as well.
Final Verdict : In-spite of being a same old story of Rich Boy-Poor Girl and the aftermath. Ramaiya Vastavaiya is a family-entertainer. Something you can enjoy with your family on a lazy Sunday. And if you are to pick between the two movies of the week . i.e D-Day and Ramiya Vastavaiya, and you pick the latter, no big deal.
Rating : 3/5