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'Ready' Review: Paisa Vasool Entertainer

Film: Ready
Rating: 3/5
Cast: Salman Khan, Asin, Arya Babbar, Paresh Rawal, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Zarine Khan, Kangna Ranaut
Music: Pritam Chakraborty, Devi Shri Prasad
Cinematography: Sunil Patel, Thomas Xavier
Director: Anees Bazmee
Producers: Rajat Rawail, Bhushan Kumar, Nitin Manmohan, Sohail Khan
Release Date: June 3, 2011
 
The Telugu blockbuster ‘Ready’ has now forayed into Bollywood and this has been taken by the superstar Salman Khan. Let us see if it matches the original.
 
Story:
Prem Kapoor (Salman) hails from a rich family and he has a smart brain with a kind heart. His life takes a turn with the arrival of Sanjana (Asin) who poses as the possible marriage prospect for Prem and enters his home.

Actually, Sanjana is escaping from the clutches of her mafia uncles (Sharad Saxena, Akhilendra Mishra) who have their eyes on her property and become sworn enemies of each other due to that. In no time, Prem discovers her true identity but by that time he falls in love with her.

However, she is located by her uncles and Prem decides to put an end to this problem. How does he do that? What happens to his love story? All this forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances
Salman is the life and soul of this movie as he gels into his character with ease. His contained performance connects well with the audience and he scores the brownie points.
 
Asin fills the romantic side and though there is not much from her in the performance side, she manages to show her sensuous side in the songs.
 
Paresh Rawal was excellent and as usual he entertains with his body language and one liners.
 
Mahesh Manjrekar was hilarious with his double entendres and he carries out his role effectively.
 
Akhilendra Mishra was apt, Sharad Saxena was decent, Manoj Joshi was moderate, Manoj Pahwa was good, Aryan Babbar was okay, Anuradha Patel is still gorgeous and attracts, Puneet Issar was brief, Sudesh Lehri brought few smiles. The special appearances by Arbaaz Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Zarine Khan were fulfilling. The others did their bit as required and added value.
 
Highlights

  • Dialogues
  • Visual appeal
  • Three songs especially Dhinka Chika..
  • Salman Khan- Asin chemistry
  • Comedy

Drawbacks

  • Not as natural as the original
  • Depth missing in emotional scenes
  • Not enough star power (although stars appeared in guest roles)

Analysis
The film happens to be the remake of the Telugu flick ‘Ready’ and for Tollywood audience, the comparison is bound to happen.

As such, the nativity factor may be missing but then to the Hindi audience, this concept is new. Also, there is a significant twist in the story about the way the heroine enters the hero’s home unlike the original version.

However, with family bonding theme, fair amount of comedy, colourful sets and breezy entertainment and above all the concept, the Hindi audience will get the feeling of money’s worth.

This is another facet of Salman Khan which will appeal to his fans as well. There are times when the screenplay falters, especially during the first half and few fun scenes look superficial. But still, given the pace of the film and convicted performances, the film manages to leave no idle moment and follows the perfect formula for a commercial entertainer. Second half scores better than first half.

At the box office, the pre release hype and the chartbuster songs will give very strong openings and with an above average narrative, the film is bound to score well. 

Bottomline: Hindi audience will appreciate this readily but Telugu audience let it down in comparison with original!!

(SiraSri can be reached at sirasri@gmail.com)

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