Sanam Teri Kasam Movie Review: Mawra Hocane Shines in a Cliched Plot

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The Pakistani sultry starlet Mawra Hocane’s big dream to hit the Indian silver screens has finally come true. Her Bollywood movie Sanam Teri Kasam directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru is running in cinemas and is receiving a lukewarm response at the  box-office.

The plot is way too cold and clichéd, extremely rusty and dragged so much for nothing. The typical tear-jerking tale revolves around romance and heartbreak of the neighborhood bad boy Inder, played by Harshvardhan Rane and the damsel in distress Saraswati (Saru), played by Mawra Hocane.

Born to a dark dictatorial dad, the virtuous and timid Saru suffers from the grave inferiority complex as she gets rejected for marriage every time due to her ugly nerdy looks.

Mawra Hocane

Meanwhile, the broody tattooed soul Inder has just served a jail sentence and his home is an eternal abode to all sorts of girls.

Harshvardhan Rane
Of course, every corny tale demands the overly opposite in nature hero and heroine to come together and hit some sparks for the audience sake. Sanam Teri Kasam walks along the same path.

Sanam Teri Kasam

After a makeover, Saru becomes all hot and sexy making the naughty Inder ditch his hoard of girlfriends to fall head over heels in love with her.

Mawra Hocane

But Alas! Tragedy hits the duo and ill-fated ugly duckling turned beautiful swan, Saru gets diagnosed with brain tumor.

Mawra Hocane

A lot of body display coupled with an overdose of melodrama and constant weeping of Mawra’s mushy character makes the whole plot a miserable emotional journey. If it would have been the 80’s, the filmy story line could have done much booming business. Plus, the whole movie seems like a creepy deja vu experience. Anybody remembers something similar from Ek Villian, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor?

But amidst many flaws, one thing is for sure. Hocane has outstandingly stirred her magic with a stellar performance in her debut film, something even Indian critics have acknowledged about the actress. Leaving everyone in awe, the reviewers have branded the starlet as a “natural scene stealer” and an “incredible artist”.

We took a tour of Twitter town and collected reviews from Indian critics. Read them for yourself here.