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Genre: Romance/Drama
Starring: Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Making the Music
- Premiere Night
- TV Commercials
- Trailers



Languages: Hindi
Subtitles: English/Chinese/French/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 18 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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From Sanjay Leela Bhansali, one of India's most acclaimed cinema directors comes a movie about a magical love story spanning all of four nights. Destiny plans a magical tale for Raj over the next four nights of his life that shall change his entire being. SAAWARIYA is the story of Raj's chance encounter with Sakina and an impromptu romance that's initiated in a remote town in the serene beauty of picturesque Simla, a quaint hill station in Northern India that is known for its lakes, mist, heavenly snowfall, rains and tall swaying pine trees.

The bright, fun-filled winding streets of the mall comes alive with singing clubs, rustic folklore, dancing, lov ballads, flourishing colonies of artists and weavers and chants from the monastery-all woven in perfect harmony into a magical dream. It is here that the dreamer finds the 'lost' self in himself. Through Raj and Sakina's journey together, we are reminded of the power of unconditional love through a thousand layers of tumultuous emotions.


As foreign movies are becoming more accessible and acceptable by the mass consumption in Singapore, Bollywood, Hindi films are in a way rearing it’s prominence and getting noticed by both the American and Singaporean. So much so that Saawariya marks the first time an Indian film that was co produced and distributed by a Hollywood production house.

Personally, it’s hard to get beyond the stereotyping of an Indian movie and onto the groove of masalas goodies (like a couple of my fellow converted MX mates had). The mass dancing musical (or dancing behind / around the infamous coconut tree), the long winded-ness (ie long run time) and the ultra melodrama had always been a deterring factor from ever becoming interested with Bollywood films. Sadly Saawariya served as another form of deterrence to another Bollywood flicks.

What went wrong with Saawariya (for me)?

Nope, Ranbir Kapoor didn’t bare his butt in this edition … keep searching elsewhere

The number one reason why Saawariya failed to engage me was the characterization of the protagonist, Raj (Ranbir Kapoor). Raj’s excessive happiness, overly confident and arrogance mixed with unbelievable naïve behaviors that veer close to childish demeanor was hard to swallow. The way he attempts to “charm” was either though goofiness or forcing himself on the damsel like an unlikeable scoundrel would. The things he did in the name of love was so childish (such as quitting his job in order to meet the girl he is in love with and the next moment, would be so upset with the girl he is in love with over a small misunderstanding) that any impact this “magical love story” is trying to sell.

The romance between Raj and Sakina very much was a non existence one. There’s something troubling Sakina and that subplot was in my opinion was far more engaging that the main romance that Saawariya had been trying to cook through out the movie screen time. Particularity it had to do with the presence of a supposedly mystery extended guest appearance whom achieved more in that short screen time than what Ranbir Kapoor couldn’t do in the entire screen time and that’s selling the ideology of charm.

Essentially, it’s a very short story that’s been extended unnecessary long through the musical numbers that obligatory in a traditional Bollywood film. All the waiting comes to an anti climatic finale. It’s not that I don’t get the higher sacrifice for love theme that movie is trying to tell but it was more of the manner the whole thing it was revealed. The way that it was played out felt that the masquerade that we are made to sit thru wasn’t worth the time or effort. It was too short and uneventful that nothing much changes for one character and the changes that actually happened was so minor that it almost went unnoticed.

However, it’s not all that dreadful during the two hours odd runtime in Saawariya. The set up of the unnamed “almost timeless” city was beautifully captured with fine cinematography. Even the Bollywood music was rather infectious that the tune could embed itself in your brain. But ultimately, poor characterization, non-engaging performance and over extension of a short story made it tough to like this Indian movie. It even makes one wary of checking out another Indian movie anytime soon.


Making the Music (19.59 mins)

Yup, you read it right; it’s isn’t Making the Movie segment but Making the Music segment. Clearly the emphasis of most Indian movies is very much the musical aspect of the movie and this section goes into detail on the process of creating the music for Saawariya.

It goes into details on the various people that are involved with the musical creation, right from the composer to the singers who sang for the on screen actors. There are even comments from other established personals in the Indian entertainment business that provided the expected praises for the musical dimension of this film. The bits that didn’t feel at home in the section was the inclusion of certain self congratulate moments from the Premiere Night that had nothing to do with the musical aspects of this film.

Premiere Night (21.59mins)

The other extra bit that this Dvd included would be the video segment of the gala premiere of Saawariya that was attended by various who’ who in the Indian entertainment. As expected, beside that it’s filled with self congratulation moments that go on in raving about how good this film is, there are also some performances by the singers who lent their voice for the movie.

As again, there are some repeats moments from the Making the Music segments.


Contain Trailers to Blu Ray Disc promotion, other home video titles and even two TV commercials for a Bank! Rather amusing inclusion and somewhat a first in Dvd trailer section. At least you will be aware which Bank to go to if you need to transfer money to India urgently.


This movie is presented in sharp video representation which brought out the grandeur of the magical set and fancy costumes.

This Hindi flick that is presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital and 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen comes with Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai subtitles.



Review by Richard Lim Jr


. Saawariya (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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