Twenty-two years is a long time to ruminate on an idea, even in the film industry where ideas can take eons to come to fruition.
But that’s the precise amount of time director Sooraj Barjatya has taken to bring his latest film to the big screen and if first impressions are anything to go by, it’s all set to set to eclipse the glow emanating from billions of diyas this Diwali.
‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ is the first film in nine years by Barjatya, the man responsible for some of the most iconic romances in Bollywood.
Having ruminated for more than two decades, Barjatya cast none other than Salman Khan to star and it’s a partnership that’s sure to whet fan’s’ appetites no end. The partnership between Barjatya and Khan has, after all, given the world such unforgettable romances as ‘Maine Pyar Kya’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
After bashing his way through innumerable baddies in a string of mega-blockbuster hits, Salman returns to his romantic roots and it all, just seems to…fit.
The film tells the story of Prem ‘Dilwala’, a carefree man who does ‘Ram-Leelas’ in Ayodhya, India.
He knows all the Shlokas (Vedic songs) by heart and the purity of the scriptures resonates in all his pranks and fun.
All that he earns, he donates to a charitable fund which is run by Princess Maithili. He is enchanted by the simplicity of her nature, her leading a normal life and yet being brave enough to save people in the middle of floods, and sets out to meet her.
‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ is about Prem’s journey to meet the Princess and the purity of the bond that they share.
As befitting his name, Prem embodies all that is simple, innocent and traditional about his world.
But what does it really mean to those involved in creating what is set to be another Bollywood romance for the ages?
Here’s a taster: