Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sooraj R. Barjatya|
|Produced by||Ajit Kumar Barjatya
Kamal Kumar Barjatya
|Screenplay by||Sooraj R. Barjatya|
|Story by||Sooraj R. Barjatya|
|Music by||Ravindra Jain|
|Distributed by||Rajshri Productions|
|Release dates||10 November 2006|
|Running time||160 minutes|
|Budget||90 million (US$1.5 million)|
|Box office||539 million (US$8.7 million)|
Vivah (English: Marriage) is a 2006 Indian musical romantic film, written and directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya. The film Starring Amrita Rao and Shahid Kapoor, it was produced and distributed by the Rajshri Productions. Vivah tells the story of two individuals, and relates their journey from engagement to marriage.
It was the third film to feature Shahid Kapoor opposite Amrita Rao. Released to a mixed reception by critics, the film became one of the biggest commercial successes of the year, grossing more than 650 million (US$11 million) worldwide. The film has been criticized as some reviewers found it dramatically lacking and bloated, but nevertheless it has been credited for triggering changes to the way marriage is depicted on film. It became an unexpected success, as well as Amrita Rao and Shahid Kapoor's biggest commercial success to date. Kapoor's performance earned him nomination for Best Actor while Rao received Best Actress nomination at the Screen Awards. Vivah is the first Indian movie to be simultaneously released in cinema and on the internet (production company's official site). The film was also dubbed into the Telugu language and released with the title Parinayam.
Poonam (Amrita Rao) is a middle class girl who lives in the small town of Madhupur. After the demise of her parents, when she was very young, her Chacha Krishnakant (Alok Nath) fulfilled the void of a father in her life. However, her Chachi (Seema Biswas) is unable to accept Poonam as her own child, driven by the fact that her own daughter Rajni (Amrita Prakash) is dark complexioned and less beautiful than Poonam. Harishchandra (Anupam Kher), a renowned businessman, from New Delhi have two sons Sunil (Samir Soni) married Bhavna (Lata Sabharwal) and Prem (Shahid Kapoor), the soft spoken, charming and well-educated young scion.
Poonam's simple and affectionate demeanor touches the heart of Bhagatji (Manoj Joshi), close friend of Krishnakant and jeweller by profession. Bhagatji takes Poonam's marriage proposal for Prem. When Harishchandra takes his opinion on the proposition, Prem is initially hesitant and feels he is too young for marriage and needs to focus on his career first. Harishchandra convinces Prem to meet Poonam before deciding about anything. Respecting father's wishes, Prem agrees to meet Poonam, get to know better and then take a decision. They visit Krishnakant's family and let Prem and Poonam get acquainted with each other. Though their first conversation is awkward, Prem and Poonam agree to get married, as they are instantly attracted to each other. Prem and Poonam gets engaged and set to be married in six months. Krishnakant invites Prem's family to their summer residence in Som Sarovar, so Prem and Poonam get the opportunity to know each other better.
Prem and Poonam go through the most magical and romantic period of their lives. Coming from different sensibilities, both want their relationship to be very right for each other. Both realize the importance of the engagement rings that they have given to each other and the special right that they have got on each other in return. After several days, Harishchandra and his family return home to attend their business, which leaves Poonam and Prem the choice to communicate via telephone and letter.
However, two days before the actual wedding, a fire emerges at Krishnakant's house. Although Poonam runs out of the house in time, she realizes that Rajni is still inside and goes to save her. In this attempt Poonam gets heavily burnt. Everybody is shattered by the tragedy. Despite her injury, Prem still wishes to marry her and accepts her as a wife. In the end, Poonam and Prem marry each other.
- Amrita Rao as Poonam
- Shahid Kapoor as Prem
- Anupam Kher as Mr. Harischandra
- Alok Nath as Krishnakant a.k.a. Chacha
- Seema Biswas as Rama a.k.a. Chachi
- Samir Soni as Sunil
- Lata Sabharwal as Bhavna
- Amrita Prakash as Rajni a.k.a. Chhoti
- Manoj Joshi as Bhagat ji
- Ameya Pandya as Rahul
Director/writer Sooraj Barjatya noted that the story of Vivah is based upon a newspaper article his father read in 1988. Like in all of Sooraj R. Barjatya's previous movies, the male lead is, once again, called Prem. The story combined elements of Hindu tradition to set itself up as a film of cultural significance and was constructed differently than Barjatya's earlier films. Barjatya hoped that the film would be remembered as the first to tackle the definitions and dynamics of a marriage. In an interview with Times of India Barjatya said, he kept in mind all the novels of Saratchandra Chatterjee while making Vivah. Barjatya was very concerned about the music for the film. He said, since it's a lyrics oriented film, it should possess a lyrical feel.
Filming took place during the first months of 2006. The main hurdle came up with the location. Barjatya wanted to shoot film in authentic way. He asked Sanjay Dhobade (art director) to create the whole small town Madhupur that can give a realistic look, for example portions where water leaking, half down posters and spit marks on wall. Dhobade expressed his intent as it might not look visually pleasing. Later, the whole new town was created in film city, Mumbai. Outdoor session of the film was done in Delhi, Lonavla, Ranikhet, Nainital and Almora.
Additional production credits include: Jay Borade – dance choreographer, Sound - Jitendra Chaudhary, Dialogue - Aash Karan Atal, Cinematography - Harish Joshi and Editor - V N Mayekar. Amrita Rao's costumes were created by Indian designer Anna Singh and Shahid Kapoor's clothes were created by Shabina Khan. To promote the movie, Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao have sold tickets themselves at the Fame Theater in Malad, Mumbai.
The soundtrack (songs and the background score) and lyrics for Vivah was scored by Ravindra Jain. Vivah was seventh collaboration of Ravindra Jain with Rajshri Productions. It was produced under the Sa Re Ga Ma label and featured efficient playback singers such as Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal and Suresh Wadkar. The composer primarily gave special importance to "taal" and opted to keep two "antras" followed by a "mukhra" in the songs. The composer has put together a soundtrack of old world charm, with a full orchestra behind some of the best known voices of the Hindi movie. The orchestra combines with classical Indian instruments, like the sitar, sarod, violin, dholak and tabla to produce a blend between classical western and classical Indian music. The complete film soundtrack album was released on 26 September 2006. The music has, however been criticized due to its monotony, with the range of singers, choice of instrument and music arrangements being very similar. Rediff wrote in its music review that, "Vivah's music disappoints". Nofil of Glamsham gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars and noted that, "The music of Vivah fails to emerge as successful as other Rajshri family potboilers, Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain."
|Vivah track listing|
|1.||"Mujhe Haq Hai"||Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal||5:02|
|2.||"Do Anjaane Ajnabi"||Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal||5:02|
|3.||"Milan Abhi Aadha Adhura"||Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal||5:47|
|4.||"Hamari Shaadi Mein"||Babul Supriyo, Shreya Ghoshal||5:17|
|5.||"O Jiji"||Pamela Jain, Shreya Ghoshal||5:20|
|6.||"Tere Dware Pe Aai Baraat"||Sudesh Bhonsle||3:58|
|7.||"Savaiyaa - Raadhey Krishn Ki Jyoti"||Shreya Ghoshal||2:16|
|8.||"Kal Jisne Janam Yahan Paaya"||Suresh Wadkar, Kumar Sanu & Ravindra Jain||7:43|
|9.||"Savaiyaa- Chhota Sa Saajan"||Suresh Wadkar||1:21|
Box office performance
Vivah premiered on 10 November 2006 across India. Like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Rajshri Productions released limited number of prints for the film and eventually increased prints with increasing popularity. Early reviewers of Vivah predicted that it would be a huge disappointment. The film opened well and went on to become one of the most successful films of the year.
The film was declared a blockbuster, after earning 222 million (US$3.6 million) net gross after seven weeks of running. Made on a budget of around 90 million (US$1.5 million), which at the time was considered average-budget film by Bollywood standards went on to collect 350 million (US$5.7 million) at the domestic box office. Rajshri Media Limited (the digital arm of the Rajshri group), released the film on the production company's official site. Upon its internet release, Rajshri.com has served one million streams within seven days in association with limewire networks (one stream is priced at $9.99), it earned 4.5 million (US$73,000) in the first week itself. By the end of November, it was reported that there had been over 4 million (4,000,000 * $9.99 = approx. 180 million (US$2.9 million)) online streams of Vivah. After more than six months, its position remained in the top 10 at the Indian box office despite its limited release and competition from some of year's successful movies including Dhoom 2, Bhagam Bhag, Krrish, Don and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. The film's DVD was released in for all regions by Rajshri Production.
The comparison of Vivah with Sooraj Bartjatya's previous films compelled it to received generally mixed reviews. The film was a big success, but before its release, many journalists expected Vivah to be a flop. Ron Ahluwalia of Planet Bollywood gave it 7.5 out of 10 writing that, "Sooraj Bartjatya comes up with the best, cheesiest family flick we’ve seen in a long time without sending us back to the 1940s." He also praised the work of the supporting artist. Deepa Gahlot of Sify said that, Vivah is far less offensive and far more watchable. The Times of India called it, simple documentation of something as banal as an engagement to a vivah. The Times of India also concluded that, Sooraj Barjatya actually has noble intentions. He made a film about the sanctity of arranged marriages in an age when marriage of all kinds is becoming an endangered institution. The Telegraph criticised Vivah for lacking plot, flat characters and mentioning that the story is rather weak and improbable. BBC described as, Vivah is a didactic, worthy, and highly sanitised take on reality in keeping with the Rajshri tradition. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN condemned the screenplay and thought that the only thing that made the film watchable was the sincerity from start to finish. He gave the film only 1 out of 5 stars saying, "Sooraj Barjatya is unable to translate his vision to the screen. It’s difficult to overlook how one-dimensional his protagonists are virtuous and virginal." A review carried by Anupama Chopra mentioned, "Sooraj Barjatya's fantasy world is carefully constructed, but his conviction infuses his films with an emotional heft." Business of Cinema defended movie stating, "Vivah is a film with beautiful moments, it promises to recreate the magic of Maine Pyar Kiya."
Indian painter M. F. Husain, decided to create a series of paintings inspired by Amrita Rao and Vivah. He announced to create an entire exhibition around her and noted her tremendous potential. He organised a private screening for 150 friends and press attendees to "convey his interest for the film" at Dubai’s Plaza cinema. The Regent, a theater in Patna, Bihar, put up a huge paandal (festive banner) to promote the movie. The paandal reads Poonam weds Prem. Several movies have been highly successful in Bihar and their protagonists have been emulated by the movie goers; in Vivah's case, it became fashionable to marry like Poonam and Prem from Vivah.
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