Rajshri Films started off making movies that were relevant, simple and very believable for the time, like Dosti, Chitchor, Nadiya Ke Paar and many more. Today Rajshri is still making films based in simplicity but they are neither relevant nor believable. PRDP is another syrupy product from Rajshri that does not seem palatable.
Prem Dilwale (Salman Khan) is a large hearted simpleton who falls for Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) of Devgarh Fort. Princess Maithili is set to join her fiancé prince Vijay Singh (Salman in a double role).
The prince becomes a victim of a family intrigue on the eve of his coronation and is replaced by the simpleton by the loyal Diwan (Anupam Kher) of the state. Prem, along with his friend Kanhaiya (Deepak Dobriyal), agrees to be part of this to make things right in true Rajshri fashion. Other characters include Vijay Singh’s step brother (Neil Nitin Mukesh) who connives with the royal estate’s CEO (Armaan Kohli) to get control of the empire. There are also two half-sisters (Swara Bhaskar and Aashika Bhatia) who resent the prince because they do not have power in the palace.
Sooraj Barjatya has poured money in set design but completely neglected the screenplay. It feels like he lives in his own world and has no clue where India has moved to. Where else do you hear dialogues like “Ram jaisa kahenge Seeta waisa hi karegi”? This film is a rehash of Sooraj’s own “Hum Apke Hain Kaun”, “Hum Saath Hain” and other such movies. Salman Khan is the picture of virtue and morality, Sonam Kapoor is so plain that she is regressive, romance is cheesy. Himesh Reshammiya’s lullabies complete the eighties feel of the film.
Salman Khan tries to breathe life in an otherwise yawn inducing film, but he can only do so much. To make a three hour long movie solely based on Salman’s charisma is over-extending brand Salman. For this day and age, PRDP has nothing to offer.
Rating : 2/5
Starring: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Armaan Kohli, Swara Bhaskar, Aashika Bhatia, Deepak Dobriyal
Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya