Sanam Teri Kasam review: Mawra Hocane shows us how effervescence can light up the screen

Sanam Teri Kasam review: Mawra Hocane rises above it all, and shows us how effervescence can light up the screen. Someone give her another movie, quick.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: February 7, 2016 11:55 am
Sanam Teri Kasam, Sanam Teri Kasam review, Sanam Teri Kasam movie review, Sanam Teri Kasam film review, Sanam Teri Kasam film, mawra hocane, mawra hocane Sanam Teri Kasam, mawra hocane film review Sanam Teri Kasam marks the debut of another Pakistani beauty Mawra Hocane in Bollywood. She will be seen romancing Telugu actor Harshvardhan Rane, who is also making his Hindi film debut with Sanam Teri Kasam.

Saru, full name Saraswati, is an obedient daddy’s girl. Inder is a broody, massively-tattooed loner. And ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ , not to be confused with the ’82 film of the same name, is a manual of how Not to make a contemporary romantic film.

Also read: Sanam Teri Kasam box office collections: Mawra Hocane starrer earns Rs. 1.25 cr. on opening day

Picture this: a heavy-handed father who thunders, flinging out instructions on how wife and daughters ought to behave. Falling in love with an unsuitable boy, ‘aiyyo rama’. Acting on your own will, ‘parmeshwara’. Doing what your heart tells you to, ‘aaj se thum mere liye marr gayi’.

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Which leaves Saru (Mawra Hocane) to smile, simper, weep. Hesitate. Propitiate. And to look at her stony-faced father (Chowdhary, trying very hard to be a credible South Indian patriarch and failing) who’d rather conduct a wake than understand his daughter’s desires, and wait for his ‘permission’ before she can take a step forward. (Read: Ghayal Once Again, Sanam Teri Kasam to clash at box-office today)

Inder (Harshwardhan Rane, armed with impressive bod, limited expression), who has daddy issues of his own, scowls and growls. The deep hurt caused by his dad is revealed much too late, and much too cursorily. The rest is filled by these two unlikely characters—Inder and Saru—developing feelings, over a brain tumour, impending tragedy, and more tears. Read Ghayal Once Again review here

Watch audience reaction to the film:

Just why is it so hard for Bollywood to make a romance that feels real, that is emotionally fulfilling without taking recourse to faux melodrama and loud background music? Why does the plot feel so moth-balled, stuffed with outlandish strands– a Dharavi-based, skull-capped make-over artist ( Raaz, kicking up his feels with painted-faced extras), a sentimental cop ( Sharma) spouting lines about ‘love’ and ‘second chances’, a screeching banshee who appears momentarily and vanishes, and more. (Also read: Salman Khan was a little upset about using his song in Sanam Teri Kasam: Director)

The one to watch is fresh import from Pakistan, the interestingly-named Mawra Hocane. Her role requires her to be the kind of submissive, spectacles-swaddled ‘good’ girl who has difficulty in snaffling IIT-IIM types (which, according to this film, are the only ones to go for), who needs to be made over prettily to rescue her from permanent behenji-dom oblivion, and the kind who has to look for approving nods from the nearest male before taking a decision, and so on.

But the fresh-faced, unaffected Hocane rises above it all, and shows us how effervescence can light up the screen. Someone give her another movie, quick.

One star

Star Cast of Sanam Teri Kasam: Harshwardhan Rane, Mawra Hocane, Manish Chowdhary, Murli Sharma, Vijay Raaz

Directors : Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru

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    Ravi kiran
    Mar 23, 2017 at 12:06 am
    This review is a trash...Beautiful movie ..excellent Mawra, Harshwardhan...good music. Nice screenplay. credits to director duo radhika rao and vinay sapru.
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      Subinoy Debnath
      Mar 19, 2017 at 7:33 am
      This review is pure trash.. This movie is a heartwarming emotional roller-coaster.. Beautifully made and even beautifully acted.. One of the best romantic movies ever made.....lt;br/gt;Full 10/10
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        Deepa
        May 5, 2016 at 11:24 am
        A good movie I would say.. The reviewer has a bad taste as the movie definitely must be given a rating 4. Without a heavy star cast and fresh faces the director has done a great job. Both the lead actors were stunning in portraying their role.
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          Raz galipelly
          Jun 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm
          Nice movie i really feel cry
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            Shahnaaz khan
            Feb 6, 2016 at 4:18 pm
            I don't agree to with ur rating. It's a very touching love story, with apt intensity.i could hear a couple sobbing on some sad scenes. It could be ur opinion but audience will have certainly a different opinion.
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              shahin
              Feb 17, 2016 at 9:09 am
              awsome movie
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                Aamir Sohail
                Feb 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm
                Nice script awsome acting 5 times better dn asquie 2 story ...
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                  md ashiq
                  Feb 20, 2016 at 5:32 am
                  Wtf? Why i cant give 5 star?
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                    ahtesham khan
                    Feb 25, 2016 at 6:07 pm
                    a superb movie.... 6/5... simply brilliant
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                      ajinjayaram
                      Jul 15, 2016 at 11:29 am
                      wonderful story with extraordinary performance.
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                        Akary
                        Sep 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm
                        This movie can make my heart crying for a long time. I really praise to Director, Actor and Actress. Their acting is superb. And the songs, amazing Hemesh. It like He singed from his heart. I love all tjose songs and listen rapidly.
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                          rajveer
                          Feb 12, 2016 at 9:08 am
                          superb movie must watch...
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                            anindya basu
                            Feb 5, 2016 at 9:35 pm
                            Wat do u mean by "iit-iim type"
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                              Ani
                              Apr 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                              Harshvardhan and Mowra - they make such a cute pair..would like to see more movies with this pair...have watched the movie so many times still feel like watching again and again and again :)
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                                Anju
                                Feb 10, 2016 at 8:11 pm
                                Superb movie... bettter watch the movie by heart before giving your stupid review... i seriously think you never loved anyone.. i think the film is superb... everyone done a great work..
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                                  Ankit
                                  Jul 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm
                                  I saw it on July 4 2016. And after ghajini this is the second movie which which made me immotional. And I cried .an ihavseen it 4 times in 3 days.
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                                    asem
                                    Apr 7, 2016 at 2:44 am
                                    It is a nice indianized version of the old Love Story movie of Hollywood. We need to be authentic and original...enough of fooling the public.
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                                      ashish
                                      Feb 13, 2016 at 3:49 am
                                      superb love story.. salute to script writer and w team
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                                        thahini
                                        Apr 23, 2016 at 4:05 am
                                        Sanam teri kasam a great film....
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                                          thahini
                                          Apr 23, 2016 at 4:02 am
                                          This is excellent film...the most romantic film i watched long time after...main roles acting is the best....i wish all of you..
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                                            uday
                                            Feb 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm
                                            Nice movie
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