Saawariya (Blu-ray)

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Saawariya is a timeless story of two young star-crossed lovers whose passions almost consume their will to the brink of self-destruction. In this eternal tale of an ode to romance, stand two lonely souls whose childlike innocence and candour only obscures their inner turmoil, anger, anxiety and desperate wait for love.

An artist, a free spirit, an idealist and dreamer, Raj, is certain that he has found his ultimate dream when he arrives at a quaint picturesque town. A place surrounded by mountains, shrouded in mist and enveloped in beauty, mythical enough to be a painter's vision or a poet's memory.

However, destiny paints a different picture for Raj. One silent bright and starry night, he spots a mysterious girl draped in black, standing alone at a bridge.

This chance encounter introduces him to Sakina, a shy and quiet, melancholic and enigmatic girl who continues to intrigue him. Thus follows the beginning of a new friendship, where Raj with his most charming ways and an undying spirit tries to win Sakina's heart. Raj is unable to accept her haunting past and their friendship pulls him into a whirlwind of desire, madness and romance.

Through Raj and Sakina's journey together, we are reminded of the fragility of the human heart. In the couple's anguish and test of faith, is revealed the power of unconditional love through a thousand layers of tumultuous emotions.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 206728421
UPC 043396244481
UPC 14 00043396244481
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Artists
India
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Bollywood and Hollywood entwine for this mix of romance, singing, comedy, dancing, and melodrama, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (DEVDAS) and produced in tandem with Sony/Columbia. The achingly beautiful Rani Mukherjee narrates and appears as Gulab, a streetcorner princess haunting the red light district in an expressionistic melange of Venice, Vegas, and Amsterdam. The irrepressibly callow musician Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) catches her eye, but Raj thinks he's in love with Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) who prefers to pine away for her absent lover, Imaan (Salman Kahn). All this longing (it's based on Dostoyevsky's WHITE NIGHTS) is stunningly captured through bizarre and elaborate backdrops, winding staircases, torrents of rain, and a color scheme heavy on the blues. Fans of Baz Luhrman's MOULIN ROUGE will want to live inside this film: there may not a whole lot of weight to all the tomfoolery, but the pain of youthful romantic idealism is part of the message. The music is always the thing with Bollywood films and SAAWARIYA packs in its share of rousing numbers. Western viewers entering the realm of Bollywood for the first time will find SAAWARIYA ("beloved" in Hindi) to be a crossover film that's ready to welcome them with open arms into a jubilant world of high-spirited song and dance, over-the-top goofiness, anguished melodrama, gyrating hips (with very sexy exposed belly buttons), and PG-rated romance.
Reviews
New York Times "Eye and ear candy for fans of Indian musical cinema....The experience is visually enchanting, cloyingly sweet, at once utterly chaste and insanely erotic..." 11/09/2007 p.E14
Directors
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Actors
Sonam Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor
Salman Khan
Rani Mukherjee
Cast & Crew
Bela Leela Sehgal - Editor
Deepak Raai Sharma - Executive Producer
Ismail Darbar - Original Music By
Monty Sharma - Original Music By
Omung Kumar - Art Director
Prakash Kapadia - Writer
Ranbir Kapoor - Actor
Rani Mukherjee - Actor
Ravi K. Chandran - Cinematographer
Salman Khan - Actor
Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Producer
Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Director
Sonam Kapoor - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 24448
UPC 00043396244481
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 142 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Hindi
Available Subtitles Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hindi, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Mandarin
Available Audio Tracks Hindi
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review See Saawariya if you need to get some thinking done. Not that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bollywood flick provokes thought--much to the contrary. During its 142 minutes of sari-swirling and hip-twitching, so little happens that you could tune out for an hour only to rediscover the same strapping fellow pursuing the same fickle damsel. The film, touted as the first Bollywood movie produced by a Hollywood studio, revolves around Raj (Ranbir Kapoor), who is a paragon of good looks and good manners, and Sakina (Sonam Kapoor), who is hot. (Both actors hail from the same influential showbiz family.) Raj spends the film wooing Sakina, bursting into song, and empathizing with sorrowful women. Which reminds me of thoughts the film did provoke. The first: How does the unbelievably emotional Sakina cry so much without smudging her eye makeup? The second (and last): Do they import that brand to the United States? Despite Raj's efforts, Sakina's heart will always belong to the scary-looking fellow who wins her with the line "Will you agree to live a life full of hardships with me?" We can only wonder how she will handle the upcoming challenges, given that friendly jokes make her sob. Alternatively, see this movie if you need to get some sleep.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Abigail Deutsch
ReviewRating 5
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Kapoor,Ranbir
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Derek Elley, Variety A really small movie done up in a big, moody package, Saawariya entices, fitfully springs to life...
The New York Times Eye and ear candy for fans of Indian musical cinema...visually enchanting, cloyingly sweet, at once utterly chaste and insanely erotic...
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