Movie Review: Yaaram
Producers- Vijay, Deepak and Karan Mulchandani
Director- Ovais Khan
Star Cast- Prateik Babbar, Siddhanth Kapoor, Ishita Raj Sharma, Anita Raaj, Dalip Tahil
Rehash of Nikaah
Rohit Bajaj (Prateik Babbar),who is ready to plunge into an arranged marriage is faced with a rather strange request from his Muslim friend Sahil (Siddhanth Kapoor). As per halala, he convinces Rohit to get hitched to his ex-wife (Ishita Raj Sharma), just to enable him to remarry her. From here begins a rather convoluted and twisted tale of love that eventually turns into a sour dose of betrayal, in the name of friendship. There is nothing by way of novelty as far as this trite triangular tale is concerned, because it has been slightly rehashed from the 1982 film Nikah, which ironically starred Prateik Babbar’s own father Raj Babbar.
The halala practiced by Muslims ironically does not hold good in today’s times ever since P.M. Modi stepped into eradicate the law. The film is about a husband uttering Talaaq Talaaq Talaaq thrice to separate from his spouse and how he has to ask his ex wife to marry someone else and then separate from her after he consummates the marriage with her. Rohit agrees to marry Saahil but all’s well that ends well after a series of complicated twists and turns till you heave a sigh of relief.
While Prateik Babbar tends to over act tough he has been allotted the author backed role, it is Siddhanth Kapoor who walks away with accolades for his underplayed performance. Ishita Raj Sharma is just about okay in a half baked role which she fails to deliver with aplomb. The film strangely has a voice over with Shakti Kapoor as the commentator. While Dalip Tahil tries to do a comedy role and succeeds partly, Anita Raaj has been wasted in an inane role as the mother of Prateik Babbar. The pace of the film is hampered quite often aided and abetted by a lop sided and illogical screenplay but peppered with incisive dialogues.
The film concludes with the sutradhar, Shakti Kapoor, speaking directly to the fourth wall to inform and educate us on Modi government’s plans to rid us of such medieval practices and protect the minority community at large. On the whole, the film will fetch a bag of mixed re actions from the youth who feel that politics and religion do not play any role in their love affairs.
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