It’s been long I haven’t reviewed any movie. The movie ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ (I swear by you) starring debutantes Harshvardhan Rane & Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane released on February 6. Rarely have I come across any such a heart wrenching love story in recent times. One that would probably remind you of your first love that didn’t materialize into what you thought it ought to. Mawra plays Saraswati(Saru), a young girl longing for love and Harshvardhan plays Inder, an ex juvenile convict who seems to be taking one day at a time with no particular aim in life and separated from his father. A typical ‘beauty and the beast’ sorta concept which always works.
I didn’t read the tag line ‘A Love story sealed with a curse’ and so was expecting it to be a light hearted, simple love story that hit a minor roadblock and then eventually all turns out okay. Though what happens towards the end leaves you teary eyed and empty hearted. The mainstay for me in this movie is undoubtedly the doe eyed beauty Mawra Hocane. For those who’re unaware about her being a Pakistani television actress, it would be hard to tell that she is not a South Indian Bramhin girl that she plays in the movie. I haven’t come across a performance like Mawra’s in a long time where you would actually want to reach out to the girl in the movie and provide her some support and may be even hug her to make her feel better. That is the degree to which Mawra actually pulls you in her character that you start to sympathize with her for real. Harshvardhan pulls of his role equally well but somehow the makers haven’t done justice to him or so it seems. The dialogues are probably just half in number as compared to Mawra. You can’t make a fair assessment of his acting skills from his role in the movie.
Mawra’s portrayal of a young, innocent and vulnerable girl longing for love and Harshvardhan as a baddie turned good guy touches the strings of your heart. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Mawra’s innocence, Harshvardhan’s stern look and the film’s music literally hypnotize you. Though the movie suffers when it comes to screenplay and seems sluggish in many parts, it is clear thanks to the actors’ performance that you manage to sit though somehow. As mentioned before, something hold you till the end of the movie. You see yourself crying involuntarily in certain scenes. To give away a spoiler, the start of the movie itself shows Saru’s epitaph on a tree, may be the film makers attempted to mentally prepare you for it but you still end up shedding a lot more tears than you would’ve thought.
In closing, I just want to say that the two actors certainly have a future in Bollywood and they’ve proven it in their first Bollywood performance. The placing of the movie’s songs such as ‘Bewajah’, ‘Tera Chehra’ & ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ along with its choreography is just apt and so is the mood of the movie that they capture. Other actors too like Saru’s parents or Inder’s father and essay their roles pretty well. Though the movie bombed at the box office it will be watched by people in the coming months. The lack of star quotient perhaps is the reason behind the movie’s box office failure. But all those who’ve seen it have ended up praising it. All that you hope for is to not let anybody’s love story end in a tragedy. Though the way the climax has been shot it ends on a sweet note, again teary eyed though. For now, all I can say is that if Mawra reads this then just to let her know that I’m head over heels in love with you Mawra, ‘teri kasam’. 😉