'Sanam Teri Kasam'
Directors: Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru
Cast: Harshvardhan Rane, Mawra Hocane
'Sanam Teri Kasam' poster. Pic/Santa Banta
There are regressive films and then there are some that pretend to be progressive but end up falling into the same rut. The second category is worse and 'Sanam Teri Kasam' comes under that. Here’s a heroine, Saraswati (Mawra Hocane), who is seemingly well educated, has a decent job in a library, but feels inadequate because she’s not netted an IIT/ IIM-educated groom yet. Her Tam-Brahm father is going crazy over his daughter’s incapability at getting married and then there is a younger sister who’s ready to throw the older sister to the gallows because, boohoo, she can’t marry her boyfriend till her elder sister does.
Their not-so-friendly neighbour, Inder (Harshvardhan Rane), is evidently wild because he has tattoos all over his body and has women breezing in and out of his house. Unexpected things happen between the bespectacled, always miserable Saraswati and the dude with the constant frown, and now they are thrown in together for good. Saraswati, whose character is totally unrelatable to any self respecting modern female, clings on to Inder for life as more misery is heaped on her by fate and he seems to be doing nothing else in life anyway.
There are some rare tender moments between Saraswati and Inder, and you so wish the entire movie was executed in the same vein. But alas, this melodrama overload takes you on a misery filled emotional drama ride with no return in sight. Logic is conveniently sacrificed in many places just to cram the scenes with as much mush and tears as possible. By the time you reach the climax, you just want to get done with this soppy romance and get on with your own life. Also, the editor seems to have gone off to sleep somewhere in between.
The lead couple look promising but are unfortunately saddled with unimaginative characterisation. Rane has good screen presence and might be an asset in a better film.
Watch the trailer of 'Sanam Teri Kasam'