Sanam Re review: Yami Gautam, Pulkit Samrat’s film is cliche-ridden

Sanam Re review: The protagonists Yami Gautam and Pulkit Samrat are too shallow and one-dimensional to be likeable, the dialogue is cringeworthy.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Pooja Pillai | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2016 11:55 am
sanam re, sanam re movie review, sanam re review, yami gautam, pulkit samrat, divya khosla kumar, yami pulkit, urvashi rautela, entertainment news Sanam Re movie review: If the director or the producers – T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar – had listened to any doubts they may have had during the making of this film, we might have been spared yet another ill-conceived love story. Unfortunately, they didn’t and as a result, Sanam Re exists.

Doubt is rather unfairly maligned; It may be true that it has killed more dreams than failure ever will, but sometimes, a tactfully timed doubt can be used to end an embarrassingly bad dream before it gets out of hand. Let’s take Divya Khosla Kumar’s second directorial feature, Sanam Re, as an example. If the director or the producers – T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar – had listened to any doubts they may have had during the making of this film, we might have been spared yet another ill-conceived love story. Unfortunately, they didn’t and as a result, Sanam Re exists. (Read: Fitoor review: Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapoor’s film spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi)

The alleged plot of the film is incoherent, cliche-ridden and was probably written by the children who appear in the intermittent flashbacks. The movie begins with Akash (Pulkit Samrat) who is too busy struggling up the corporate ladder to find time for love or even answer his mother’s phone calls. Even as he allows his obnoxious boss (a hammy Manoj Joshi) to bully him, he can’t escape the life that he has left behind in Tanakpur, a place, where no matter what time of the year it is, the CGI snow keeps falling. When Akash is called home to help sell off the derelict photo studio that once belonged to his ailing grandfather (a bewigged, bespectacled Rishi Kapoor), we are helpfully given some glimpses into the past so that the director can drive home the point of the film – which is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t escape love. Or something like that. We also discover that Akash once had a childhood sweetheart Shruti (Yami Gautam) who he gave up in his search for material success. (Also read: Fitoor, Sanam Re release today, this is what the audience has to say)

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Due to some rather sketchily written career hiccup, Akash then goes to a yoga retreat in Canada where he has to woo a Mrs Pablo, aka Akanksha (Urvashi Rautela) in order to get some contract for his company. It is here that he runs into Shruti again and rather heartlessly abandons the smitten Akanksha. Once the love triangle is established, the movie chugs on its inevitable path, featuring fat jokes, transphobia, one terminal disease and a couple of major sacrifices (because what is a love story without a sacrifice or two).  (Read: Fitoor and Sanam Re, two love stories to clash at box-office today)

Only the music, which is melodious and ear-wormy, and the locales, which are stunning, make patches of this movie bearable. The protagonists are too shallow and one-dimensional to be likeable, the dialogue is cringeworthy (the divorced Akanksha is compared to a used car) and the twists are too predictable for viewers to be emotionally invested in this film. This is a love story that should have lived and died as an idea.

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    Laura Gonzales
    Feb 13, 2016 at 3:51 am
    Sanam Re was painful to watch. Good thing I didn't spend any money to see this film in the theater or else I would've walked out. I watch the movie online and about halfway through I couldn't stand it any longer and I gave up did not find it interesting in the least bit. Music was good but too many cliches in film. I enjo Fitoor much better.
    1. R
      Feb 15, 2016 at 8:47 am
      good movie ...must watch movie..very good end.
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        poornima ahire
        Feb 13, 2016 at 6:31 pm
        Very nice movies
        1. R
          Mar 14, 2016 at 8:08 pm
          Apparently, dumping your girlfriend who obviously is in love with you for someone else you haven't seen in years is so romantic. What kind of mentality do our people have?
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            Roshni Chopra
            Feb 16, 2016 at 6:20 am
            Super movie I love this
            1. D
              Feb 17, 2016 at 3:25 pm
              seriously divya khosla kumar? Was sanam re ur dream movie? It made no sense at all...also every set looked so made up and was a total waste of time, money and above all a mental torture. Take some break and sit at home. You have enough money but we don't have money to watch such horrible movies.
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                Nikita Thakker
                Feb 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm
                It’s a gem of a movie! I took my girlfriend and it was the best move I made all year! Go see it!
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                  FARAZ R
                  Feb 12, 2016 at 6:50 am
                  Sanam Re roXx..
                  1. F
                    Feb 12, 2016 at 8:46 am
                    awesome movie. Pulkit samrat looks killing with his hot body. yami and urvashi are 2 beautiful damsels. overall an awesome treat to ur eyes.
                    1. A
                      Feb 15, 2016 at 10:24 am
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                      1. J
                        Feb 14, 2016 at 7:04 am
                        lol, such a big spoiler for Sanam Re in the audience reactions
                        1. K
                          Feb 15, 2016 at 7:57 pm
                          Yes. He donates his heart to Yami.
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                            vinita Sharma
                            Feb 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm
                            An engrossing and entertaining romantic movie with top notch performances. Well done! Well, it certainly lived up to its promise! The star cast do a wonderful job and carry the film well, props to the team!
                            1. A
                              Feb 12, 2016 at 11:01 am
                              All they did was make their image disgusting with their publicity stunts.. For fitoor the actors didn't need to! Fitoor has to be the obvious win.. Pulkit u stooped low.
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                                Mia Khanna
                                Feb 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                                You people need to improve ur taste in Movies! cant even see a good movies If you are a romantic person at heart, you'll love this movie!
                                1. S
                                  Feb 14, 2016 at 6:41 am
                                  Movie is alright.. I think Ghayal Once Again would be the number 1 choice for this week as well....
                                  1. C
                                    Feb 12, 2016 at 11:32 am
                                    Very very aswesome movi sanam re ...
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                                      Neraj yadhav
                                      Feb 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm
                                      Sanam Re is fast becoming one of Bollywood’s most compelling love stories. A rich story about the power of love, longing and loss, Sanam Re is a simple yet beautiful movie. I liked it very much.
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                                        PINAK CHOWDHURY
                                        Feb 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm
                                        Atleast Sanam Re taught the Kids in the 1st standard how to count from 1 to 500!
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                                          PRAKHAR PANCHBHAIYA
                                          Feb 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm
                                          Seems as if these guys made ur mood to total turmoil when you approached to see the movie . Perhaps they identified and predicted the ruthlessness , scarcity of love and crisis of the feelings of ur heart frm ur stoic faces. Afterall security guards are humans too. Lol. SANAM RE ROCKS. U GUYS MAINTAINED UR AURA AND UR GLITTER STILL GLITTERS EVEN BETTER.
                                          1. P
                                            Feb 19, 2016 at 11:30 am
                                            Worst movie ever made; simply horrible with no sense whatsoever - wastage of time and money
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