Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Salman Khan, Zohra Sehgal, Begum Para & Achla Sachdev, Atheya Chaudhri, Kenny Desai, Visha Chiiber, Farida Dadi, Darpan Srivastava, Pravishu Das, Neha Ram, Nupur Alankar, Vishnu Puri, Longinus, Neville Dadachanji, Sam Kerawala, Firdaus Mewawala & Ram
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali(SLB Films) & Sony Pictures Entertainment Films Pvt. Ltd.
Music Director: Monty Sharma
Editor: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cinematography: Ravi K. Chandran
Choreographer(s): Saroj Khan, Bhushan Lakhandri, Ganesh Hegde, Pappu-Maalu, Longinus, Geeta Kapoor & Tobby Fernandes
Art Director(s): Omung Kumar Bhandula & Vanita Omung Kumar
Sync Sound and Sound Designer: Resul Pookutty
Screenplay: Prakash Kapadia & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Dialogues: Prakash Kapadia
Costume Designers: Anuradha Vakil, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rajesh Pratap Singh & Reza Sharifi
Executive Producers: Kuldeep Singh Rathore & Deepak Sharma
Post-Production Design: Amber Lall
Associate Directors: Shailey M. Sharma, Vibhu Puri & Sangeeta Gala
Associate Editor: Ajay Varma
Publicity Design: Rahul Nanda & Himanshu Nanda
Action Director: Shyam Kaushal
Visual Effects Supervisor: Merzin Tavaria
Digital Intermediate (D.I.) Supervisor: Rohan Desai
Digital grading and VFX: Prime Focus Ltd.
Processing Lab: Adlabs, Mumbai
Re-Recording Mixer: Anup Dev
Music Mixing Engineer: Vijay Dayal
Casting Director: Amita Sehgal
Sound Editing: Shajith Koyeri & Amrit Pritam
Saawariya, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story “White Nights” is the latest directorial venture of one of the highly acclaimed director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This movie is not one of the masala entertainers or a fully commercial film featuring a huge star cast. This one is a simple love story.
Ranbir Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) lands up at a wonderland to find a job as a lead singer. Gulabji, a prostitute played by Rani Mukherjee likes his simplicity and falls in love with him. One night he notices a girl, Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) with an umbrella standing on the bridge. Raj tries to talk to her but she shies away. He follows her and soon they turn into friends. Raj expresses all his feelings about her to his landlord, Lillipop (Zohra Sehgal) and Gulabji. One fine day when he decides to propose her she reveals the reason why she is sad and unveils her love for Imaan (Salman Khan). He had left her and promised her that he will come back and she is waiting for him to arrive and take her with him. Devasted Raj manages to bury his love beneath himself. And the rest is how she asks Raj to help find her lost love and how he expresses his true feelings for her. What happens at the last – will she go with Imaan or Raj is the climax.
Technically, the movie is brilliant with the bluish ambience spread around the sets. Larger than life sets and soothing background score makes it a perfect match for a simple love story which flows as swift as a river flows. Choreography is at its best. Cinematography by Ravi K. Chandran is a visual spectacle. Lighting in sad scenes are perfectly blended. The movie is neatly edited and sets are well designed to bring a wonderland kind-of feel.
Now coming to the newcomers, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor are splendid and they do have a bright future ahead. They have it in their blood which is clearly visible on screen. Their way of tackling emotions look as if it’s their 5 th or 6 th film. They both have inherited some of the finest qualities from their parents and hope they come in many more films.
Salman Khan, playing the role of Imaan is simply wasted. His short appearance was left as an unsolved mystery. Rani Mukherjee as Gulabji is perfect. Her timing and expressions are marvellous. She did a great job in Chhabela Song. And why doesn’t Sanjay Leela Bhansali think of the day-time in the movie? There was no day scene in the whole movie and one wonders what would have happened during that time.
After the success of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas & Black, Sanjay Leela Bhansali known for his highly detailed direction has done it again. He has given some best shots in the movie which are missing in the movies these days. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has the ability to indulge everyone in the movie and makes you feel lost in the world created by him and he has successfully established such in Saawariya.
Some best scenes in the movie are:
The movie loses it’s tempo at places. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has emphasized on the sets rather than establishing characters clearly. Imaan’s role is left with many unanswered questions. The love between Imaan and Sakina is not convincing. With very little communication Sakina had with Imaan, she comes to a conclusion that he is the love for her life is a flaw in the script. Climax scene may not appeal to normal movie goers.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has done a commendable job and a sincere effort to bring one of the finely written short story by Dostoevsky. With a little more concentration on the character sketch, He may have scored full marks for this movie.