Movie Review - RSVP Ronde Saare Vyah Picho

Review by +Bikram Bathh
Cine Punjab Reviews
Oct 12, 2013

Films like Mel Karade Rabba, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, Jatt and Juliet 1 and 2 have three things in common. They were good romantic comedies, could be watched with families and they were all blockbusters. Now after a hiatus, this Friday sees the release of film RSVP - Ronde Saare Vyah Picho that can be watched with families and is a great romantic comedy. The third common element has to be fulfilled by YOU, the audience by watching the film in theatres and making it a success. Frankly, some pre-release reports suggested the film to be looser in terms of content but I am pleasantly surprised that the film is very well made,  has a different though borrowed storyline, superior performances, soulful music and excellent technicalities.

Synopsis: Once upon a time in good old Sadda Punjab, lived a carefree and cheerful girl named Manpreet.
Like any lively Punjabi girl, her big fat wedding day had finally arrived with teeming pomp and fanfare. Jasraj Brar was his name. He was your characteristic, cock-and-bull story Punjab Da Prince Charming; Flamboyant, Hoodlum, Brawny and Affluent. Everything in life seemed completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Meanwhile, the effervescent Manpreet is not so sure about him. Unmistakably, he’s not ‘The One’. All hope seems lost. Until.. Manpreet’s only glimmer of hope rises in the avatar of a long-lost heart. A man who is helplessly and hopelessly in love with her.

Story/Screenplay/Dialogues: RSVP is a story of Manpreet aka Mannu, who is brought up by his maternal uncle Gurjit and aunt Rajjo. The family is completed by the only son Hira. They are basically a con family where Mannu leads the pack by making a love nest around guys who want to marry her. She marries them and then flees with all their material wealth. The film is said to be inspired from real incidents and has been very intelligently adapted by writers Ved Prakash and Vijay Kumar Arora. The film starts with a bang where there isn't a single dull moment until the post-interval portion. Infact, with the flackback and the back story running on screen, the audience was in splits of laughter. However, the story takes a downer soon after the interval where it tends to get a bit dramatic. This is where the film falters, it stretches and gets a bit boring at times. Writers could have added some more chemistry between the lead pair making it convincing that they indeed will fall in love with each other. Some of the content in the film is borrowed from Bollywood films like DDLJ (post-interval) and Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl but that could be a co-incident. Dialogues are apt and as usual the best ones are minted by Jaswinder Bhalla. Overall, Good

Acting: RSVP belongs to Neeru Bajwa and this is her second film in a row where her name appears before the male lead. She is flawless in the role of Mannu, she looks stunning as well as seductive in the role of the bride and con artist. Harish Verma is somewhere downplayed in the film but he comes with a mature performance like always. However, with another film revolving around marriages (read Viyah 70KM), Harish Verma's act looked like a repetition and he should try to choose films wisely. Jaswinder Bhalla is top notch as usual, Navneet Nishaan is first rate. Pukhraj Bhalla, reel and real life son of Jaswinder Bhalla is decent, he did a better job in his debut film Stupid 7, however like his father, his comic timing is apt, all he needs to do is work on his emotional and dramatic scenes. Rajpal Yadav is efficient but under utilized, same goes for Rana Ranbir. Jaswant Dhaman as Daddi is perfect. Guggu Gill is repetitive but enjoyable. Overall, Excellent

Music: Like several other releases in the last few months, RSVP has multiple music composers but this time around they are able to deliver a chart-buster in Aibo. Infact calling "Aibo", the song of the year won't be an understatement. It is beautifully composed by Gurmeet Singh and makes you want to get off your seat and dance. Another song by the same composer "Tu Vi Ni" and sung by Navraj Hans is soulful. Channa Ve composed by Daljeet Singh and sung by Sandeep Bankeshwar is another melodious number. DJ Wale Veera, Kudi On Fire and RSVP Title Track are all right. Overall, Good!

Direction and Technical Aspects: One can ascertain the cinematic experience of the debut director Vijay Kumar Arora through the various merits of the film. Amritsar has never looked so beautiful on screen, kudos to the cinematographer Rakesh Rawat. Special mention of the art director Zulfiquar Qureshi and Choreography. Two young producers also deserve a mention - Aparna Sud, Brinder Sran for making such a wonderful film. The only jitters technically in the film were some minor continuity errors and not so crisp editing. Overall, Good!

RSVP - Ronde Saare Vyah Picho boosts of an entertainment value that we don't see nowadays in the countless Punjabi comedy films. RSVP has a story and substance, along with wonderful performances, soulful music and everything that any A grade Bollywood movie has. Watch it with your families and loved ones and celebrate Punjabi Cinema. Recommended!

Rating - ★★★

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