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Reviewer's Summary - Absolute Rubbish
Year: Released on November 10, 2006 in the U.S.
Actors: Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Anupam Kher, Alok Nath, Seema Biswas
Director: Sooraj Barjatya
Producer: Rajkumar Barjatya
Story & Screenplay :Sooraj Barjatya
Dialogs: Aash Karan Atal
Lyrics & Music: Ravindra Jain
By God, Vivah is a horrible movie even by the low standards of Bollywood.
The birdbrained folks who brought us Vivah should be marched to the guillotine without mercy for subjecting us to this torture of a movie.
Director Sooraj Barjatya, who in years past, gave us such fine movies as Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun, has turned up a heap of manure with Vivah.
Vivah has absolutely nothing going for it - What it lacks most of all though is a decent story.
Like most Hindi movies, it focuses on love and marriage but gives both the most superficial treatment.
B-Grade Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor and pretty face Amrita Rao hardly set the screen on fire with their desultory performances. Anupam Kher and Aloknath are all right but then not even Marlon Brando can salvage a movie with an infantile story.
The main characters never really take on lives of their own because the movie is built on such a weak scaffolding.
Delhi-based Prem (Shahid Kapoor), son of industrialist Harishchandra (Anupam Kher), gets engaged to Poonam (Amrita Rao), niece of a small businessman Krishnakant (Aloknath) from a town called Madhupur. Soon, the two are unable to think of anything else but each other as they wait for the Big Day - their marriage.
But Poonam's stepmother/aunt Rama (Seema Biswas) is upset with all the expenses that her husband is incurring for the marriage. She feels her daughter Choti is getting shortshrifted in the process.
Besides the stepmother has always been cold to Poonam because the young girl is prettier and fairer than her Choti.
However, Poonam is close to Choti and on the eve of her marriage when a fire breaks out in the house she saves Jiji at the cost of severe burns to her body.
The hospital scenes towards the end are bizzarely inept.
The music is of a piece with the rest of this horrid movie - awful. Moments out of the movie, we found it hard to recollect a single song.
It saddens us when veteran directors like Sooraj Barjatya fall so low as to make movies like Vivah. What prompted Sooraj Barjatya to make a horrid film like Vivah is hard to tell. But what we can surely tell is that Vivah suffers from a total lack of imagination.
Hollywood directors have lately given us two solid movies in The Departed and Borat. Bollywood clowns have given us two duds in Umrao Jaan and Vivah. Go figure.
Even in the era of silent movies, Hollywood movies were not as bad as Vivah.- Copyright SearchIndia.com.