April 2, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Sadiyaan is a 2010 Hindi movie directed by Raj Kanwar with Luv Sinha, Ferena Wazeir, Rishi Kapoor, Rekha, Hema Malini in lead roles. Read the film review at CalcuttaTube.
Starring: Introducing Luv Sinha & Ferena Wazeir, Rishi Kapoor, Rekha and Hema Malini
Director: Raj Kanwar
Review by Sampurn Wire
Verdict: Sadiyaan- Old School cinema
Rating: 2 out of 5*
During the 1947 partition, Lahore based family of Rajveer (Rishi) and Amrit (Rekha) has to flee Pakistan and settle in Amritsar, Punjab. In the house that they get to stay, Amrit finds an abandoned baby boy of the Muslim family who owned the house but fled to Pakistan because of communal riots. Amrit raises the boy as her own and he grows up to be Ishaan (Luv). During a summer camp visit to Kashmir, Ishaan falls in love with Chandni (Ferena). When he goes to her house to ask her hand for marriage, her father (Deep Dhillon) and uncle (Ahmed Khan) tell him to forget her as they are against her marrying a Hindu boy. When Amrit and Rajveer come to know about this they finally declare the truth to Ishaan that he is a Muslim in real and not their own child. He doesn’t believe them and so also Chandni’s parents who also demand a proof for the same. The old couple then decides to track Ishaan’s real parents down and also succeed. Ishaan’s real mother Benazir (Hema Malini) comes down with his real father (Javed Sheikh) to seek back the custody of a now grown up Ishaan. Chandni’s parents immediately agree for the marriage when Ishaan’s real parents visit their house. What complications arise when Ishaan’s parents start making plans to take back Ishaan and his bride back to Pakistan and how they are handled by the principle characters forms the rest of the plot.
Raj Kanwar, the hit maker of films like Shah Rukh Khan’s debut film Deewana, Laadla, Jeet, Andaaz and Judaai seems to have aimed Sadiyaan at the non-multiplex going audience what with its full of emotions film and a small town setting. His treatment of the plot appears too outdated as well. Gone are the days when hero’s made their big screen entries in slow motion riding a horse, but Kanwar doesn’t seem to believe so. He packs in all the necessary ingredients that were a must in 80s and 90s cinema. The biggest handicap he however has is his debutante male lead, Luv Sinha who delivers an inconsistent performance. But to give credit where it is due, the veteran actors – Rishi Kapoor, Rekha and Hema Malini lift up the film considerably. The production values are grand and the setting authentic as well. Also, despite there was a chance to make the film very melodramatic, the makers have refrained from doing so. The eye filling location so Kashmir are captured extremely well by cinematographer Anshul Chobey. Adnan Sami’s music barring the Jadu Nasha Ehsas Kya song doesn’t impress much.
Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv Sinha appears good in emotional sequences especially in the second half when he is brooding but otherwise he appears quiet under prepared. Newcomer Ferena is very pretty and leaves her mark. Rishi Kapoor plays a man with the big heart with aplomb. It’s a treat to watch Rekha and Hema Malini sharing screen space and both don’t disappoint. Pakistani comedian Shakeel has his laugh out loud moments and so does Vivek Shauq.
With a running time of over 2 hours and 40 minutes it is your call whether to go in for this old school style film or not.
Sadiyaan Review by IANS
It is deliciously ironical that during the week that our tennis queen Sania Mirza announced she would marry a Pakistani cricketer, comes this film where the young desi pair threatens to get married and move to Pakistan.
Life often imitates art. And art is often a close companion of kitsch and melodrama. Kitschy melodrama is attacked by purists. But there’s something to be said about a good old-fashioned melodrama like ‘Sadiyaan’ where the biological and foster mothers, played by Hema Malini and Rekha respectively, vie for a son’s love and attention and outdo each other in the sacrificial arena.
They don’t make screen-moms like Rekha and Hema any more.
Raj Kanwar induces great dignity into the tussle between the modernday Devaki and Yashodhara. Yup, there’s something to be said in favour of nostalgia. Just see how Hema Malini, Rekha and Rishi Kapoor light up the screen in this surprisingly-watchable-in-parts ode to fugitive parenthood. Cleverly veteran director Raj Kanwar who in the past has made some very successful melodramas, focuses on the older generation in the second-half so that the story of young love gets a strong back-projection.
‘Sadiyaan’ has its heart in the right place even when it, the heart rests in callow place. The courtship between the two newcomers in the first-half lacks a virile force. The rituals of romance are rather routine. As a matter of fact the cynics can accuse the scriptwriters of investing too much heart into this tale about the pangs of Partition that tore India into two messy halves more than sixty years ago.
We’ve had some remarkable Hindi films on Partition ranging from the classic ‘Garam Hawa’ to ‘Gadar Ek Prem Kahani’. ‘Sadiyaan’ is not quite in the same league. It isn’t lacking in emotions. Nor does the narrative miss out on putting the right punctuation marks in every sequence. What prevents the film from taking wings is also the quality that lifts the film above the culture of prevalent puerility.
‘Sadiyaan’ has that fast-fading quality called tehzeeb. To get to that core of genteel emotions one has to forego the fast-food pleasures of contemporary commercial cinema where any shot that lasts more than 5 seconds is considered distracting. ‘Sadiyaan’ revels in lingering moments and interactive dialogues that speak of mythology in a semi-historical context.
The main actors lead the narrative gracefully into a heartwarming conclusion.
The dialogues by Javed Siddiqui convey a cutting edge touching long-forgotten chords and opening wounds of history’s failings that never healed without getting involved in polemics. Anshul Chobey’s camera sweeps over the idyllic innocence of Amritsar with a panoramic grace.
The debutant Luv Sinha conveys a rawness and innocence that go well with his character. His dialogue delivery and body language need fine-tuning. Time always takes care of the rough edges. That’s what this film is about.
Trust the strong stalwart cast to steel and steal Raj Kanwar’s engaging screenplay. Rekha and Hema Malini as young Sinha’s two screen moms are a study in contrast. Rekha is exuberant and restless and quite an antithesis to her husky mysterious characters. Hema is dignity and restraint personified. Her arrival after intermission signals the film’s most watchable portion. As for Rishi Kapoor, has he ever let a film down?
The narrative follows old-world conventions like comic relief (between an Indian and Pakistani domestic help) and a Mujra (performed spiritedly by Neetu Chandra) during the wedding. But it’s the irony at the core of the plot that sweeps us over the glitches and hiccups. A Hindu mother decides to find her adoptive son’s biological Muslim parents so he can marry the girl of his choice.
‘Sadiyaan’ appeals at a very basic level. They don’t make too many movies like these any more.