In the age of lust stories made in the name of love stories, Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru come up with a love story that has its heart in the right place. It’s indeed a difficult task to make love stories with the changing sensibilities of the audience. Sanam Teri Kasam comes as a surprise.
The story unfolds in a Telugu orthodox Brahmin family with two daughters – Sarawati and Kaveri. Saraswati is the elder one (played by Mawra Hocane), who is single, extremely simple, old-fashioned with the looks which wouldn’t typically attract any guy on the planet. The father wants her to get married to an IIT-cum-IIM graduate but she is continuously rejected for her looks. Kaveri wants Saraswati to get married soon so that she can marry her boyfriend. Saraswati approaches Inder (Harshavardhan Rane) for a help who is her neighbor and new to their apartments. Inder’s ex-girlfriend is a make-over specialist and Saraswati wants to get a makeover so that the next prospective groom shall say a ‘yes’ and thus clear the hurdle for her sister. Unfortunately one day, the strict father finds his daughter in Inder’s bedroom and disowns her instantly so much that he does her last rites. The rest of the film is about Saraswati trying to reconcile with her father.
The movie has a starcast that will make us watch the film with zero expectations and thus the characters look so fresh. Especially the role Saru/Saraswati played by the Pakistani actress Mawra is very unique. It is something on the lines of Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi but Saru doesn’t exaggerate or over-do anything. Probably the perfect choice for this role, where you should look like an unlikely heroine. Her unusual voice also makes a great impact on the film. More importantly the body language she carries is pitch-perfect.
Harshavardhan Rane, also a debutant seemed to be good, if not great. His look has been created very well. He also doesn’t over-do, but at the same time, some scenes probably required a tad more emotion from him but he was stone-faced then. However, one cannot deny that the pair looked so amazing with their chemistry. Manish Chaudari played the father which was unconvincing though they tried dubbing his voice with a south-Indian accent of Hindi.
The writing scored marks for not hurrying in winding up the scenes but let the emotion complete. There are no sudden cuts which break the ongoing emotion in a scene. Also, you don’t see any predictable clichés. For example, Sawarswati’s fiancé Abhimanyu could have been showed in completely bad light but they the writers didn’t do that. They show the sensitive side of him too.
The music of the film is very soothing creating the apt moments. Good job Himesh!
The movie gets a bit lengthy in the last twenty minutes, and that’s the only complaint apart from the miscast of Manish Chaudari.
Sanam Teri Kasam is a love story that will definitely touch the hearts of the people who connect with love stories that are high on emotion. Beware, the movie can make you moist-eyed.