Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast : Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Ranbir
Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Official Website: www.saawariyafilm.com
Opening Day: 9 November 2007
Saawariya is a timeless story of two young star-crossed lovers
whose all-consuming passion brings them to the brink of self-destruction.
This epic tale features two lonely souls whose childlike innocence
belies their complex inner turmoil, and desparate search for
Every time this reviewer announces that he is going to watch
a Bollywood film, he gets strange stares from his friends.
Jokes about dances around trees and songs with bobbing heads
normally ensue. But look at Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!
(2001) and Peter Chan’s Perhaps Love (2005) –
these great films have got Bollywood’s influence all
now that Columbia has become the first Hollywood production
company to produce a Bollywood picture, we are sure that more
people will take notice of this musical genre that has charmed
audiences worldwide for the longest time.
typical Bollywood fashion, we have two protagonists meeting
in an enchanting town. The guy is a dreamer whom everyone
likes. The girl is a mysterious beauty who is awaiting her
eternal love. The two fall in love, and through a series of
song and dance sequences, audiences wait with bated breath
whether the star-crossed lovers will have a happy ending.
by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the BAFTA Film Award nominee (Devdas,
2002) makes an agreeable Bollywood musical drama that will
go down well with romantic die-hards.
genre conventions of this popular Hindi-language Indian cinema
are in place. Songs, dances, comedy and an intermission during
this 138-minute extravaganza? Check. Melodramatic plots with
lovers separated by fate and convenient coincidences? Check.
Expensive production budgets with massive set designs and
hundreds of extras? Check.
the eye-candy actors are cast in true Bollywood style. The
male protagonist is played by Ranbir Kapoor, who belongs to
the fourth generation of the very prestigious Bollywood Kapoor
family. This 25-year-old good-looker will charm girls with
his expressive eyes, soft hair and his awesome six-pec bod.
The female protagonist is played by Sonam Kapoor, daughter
of evergreen Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor. The 22-year-old
actress will have a gorgeously hypnotic effect on guys.
watch out for veteran actors Salman Khan (the Bollywood Bad
Boy often gets into trouble with the police, but everyone
still loves the hunk anyway) and Rani Mukherjee (the acclaimed
actress is often cast alongside heartthrob Shahrukh Khan in
blockbuster movies) in supporting roles. It is nice to see
them letting the young ones take the limelight in this movie.
colorful saris, brilliantly-choreographed song and dance sequences,
a workable love story and a cast that is pleasing to the eyes,
what’s there not to like about Bollywood musicals?
(An enjoyable musical that will initiate you into
the wonderful world of Bollywood cinema)
Review by John Li