Ramaiya Vastavaiya is an Bollywood romance comedy film directed by Prabhu Deva. The film introduces producer Kumar Taurani's son Girish Kumar, opposite Shruti Haasan.
Cast: Girish Kumar, Shruti Haasan, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna, Poonam Dhillon, Randhir Kapoor, Satish Shah
The Bollywood rehash factory won't slow down. Love stories especially find a way of returning every few years, in a new package with new faces and with very much the same plot.
Any resemblance Ramaiya Vastavaiya bears with Maine Pyar Kiya and Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya was perhaps absolutely intended. These were blockbusters, as was the Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana - Prabhudheva's 2005 directorial debut that inspires this film (and which in turn was a copy of Maine Pyar Kiya).
If producer Kumar Taurani wanted tested formula to launch son Girish Kumar, he has played it safe.
The script credited to Shiraz Ahmed casts Girish as Ram, cool dude who falls for a rustic girl (Shruti Haasan). He chases her all the way to her hometown. Enter her big brother (Sonu Sood), who throws a challenge. Ram will get his girl if he produces more harvest in their field than Bade Bhaiya generally does.
Prabhudheva's new film has a dated feel about it, given its story and the stereotypes it banks on. He tries making up for as much with the stock picture of frolic between the young leads besides ample melodrama. The film is funny in parts, the songs work to an extent and an overdose of mush pervades.
Girish seems to lack the screen presence of a solo hero in a mainstream project. Shruti looks pretty all through but that was obviously never enough to salvage this cliched fare. Sonu Sood plays to the gallery with abundant hyper bursts.
Ramaiya Vastavaiya offers nothing new. Ironic for a film meant to launch a new face.