Sanam Teri Kasam full movie review - Made me cry like a child! It's very unfortunate that this movie is so under-rated
'Sanam Teri Kasam'(STK) is one of the best romantic movies I have seen in recent years. The main actors aren't crowd-attracting superstars and sadly that is why the movie didn't do as well as it should have at the box office.
But the kind of effort that the film crew has put into making this cute, romantic movie is more than the effort the big Bollywood stars put into their movies. The lack of a big star might not have attracted the masses to watch the movie but it worked in the story's favor. I might not have felt so intensely about the characters if a famous star had played the main role.
Sanam Teri Kasam is inspired from famous novel 'Love Story' by Erich Segal. But honestly, I enjoyed STK more than I had enjoyed the novel. The movie is also way better than Khwahish(of Mallika Sherawat, also inspired by Love Story) which was more about sexy scenes than a good story.
The story- not only does it make sense(which is more than what I would say about other senseless but successful Bollywood movies that are releasing these days) but it is also effective. The story has many twists which have a reasonable cause behind them. Most of the twists aren't there just because a twist was needed. The tension between characters is not a kind of tension which could be sorted out just by having an honest conversation with each other. There are some moments which were surprising and heart touching at the same time. The story is neither too slow nor too fast.
The characters- Mawra Hocane plays Saru, a behenji type girl next door, while Harshwardhan Rane plays Inder, a spoiled playboy who is Saru's neighbor. What I like about the characters is that- it seems they are stereotypes at first glance but they really aren't. Saru is simple but she is not a damsel-in-distress. She goes out of her way to solve her problems, instead of waiting for the hero or anyone else to solve them for her. Inder is rich, spoiled, quiet, care-free, but he's NOT a rude douche- the kind of douches that Bollywood portrays in most romantic movies/TV serials as part of a guy-was-a-dick-before-but-the-good-girl- changed-him cliché. Inder lacked ambition but he was never indecent or rude or cruel to Saru. He was helpful and kind to her from the first scene which is why I liked his character. The side characters are very well written as well and I felt for them too. They don't feel to be there just to fill extra space on screen.
Acting- Mawra has given a terrific performance. She's the star of the movie. She stole the spotlight in every scene she was in and it was not just because she is beautiful, but she acts very well too. Not for a second I believed that she is acting. If Mawra chooses good roles in future she might do good in Bollywood. Harshwardhan's acting pales in comparison to Mawra's. But his character is so well written that even if he lacks acting skills, it doesn't do the movie much harm. The chemistry between Saru and Inder is breathtaking. I just couldn't wait for them to get together, make kids and live happily ever after- that is how much I loved their romantic scenes together! They could have made a whole movie with Saru and Inder just romancing each other and I would have watched it whole.
Music- The title song-Sanam Teri Kasam is the best song of the movie and its lyrics are meaningful and passionate. I loved it even before watching the movie. After watching STK, I love it even more. The background score is good too, though some of the songs weren't that remarkable. And the film would have been shorter if some songs weren't featured in it. I am very thankful that STK did not include a lewd item song, as is the trend with other films these days.
The direction and editing were great. It showed that the makers have taken their work seriously and not just haphazardly made a movie to earn money.
I also appreciate that the script writers in Bollywood are slowly getting rid of the stigma that a girl and guy can not sleep together before marriage. Recently, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya and Band Baja Barat had this and now it is STK where main characters have sex before marriage.
It's a very good film but it isn't a perfect film. It has a few plot holes. The melodrama could have been dialed down a bit in the second half and dropping 1 or 2 songs from the movie could have helped to reduce the length of the film.
But it is one of those movies which you have GOT TO show your significant other! It is better than stupid Rom Coms like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Tanu weds Manu, Cocktail, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, Love Aaj Kal, Student Of The Year and better still than other more serious romantic movies like Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram Leela and Aashiqui 2. It's more heart touching than some famous Hollywood flicks(cough Twilight cough) too.
I say- Go for it! Just make sure you have tissues handy. You might need them while crying your heart out.