Saawariya
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The title of Saawariya carries a double meaning; it refers to both an epithet for the Hindu god Krishna and to a title sought by many Indian lovers, who wish to reach a state of "Saawariya," or overpowering consumption by love. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya weaves the tale of the ill-fated romance between two such individuals: artist Raj, who finds the fulfillment of his soul's yearning when he enters one of the most picturesque rural hamlets in India, and his lover, Sakina, a mysterious young woman whom he spots standing on a bridge. Raj tries… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

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"Comes this close to sweeping us off our feet."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"How can it be that a movie as beautiful to look at as Saawariya is so...boring?"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Ranbir Raj is a charming presence with moves that suggest a cross between Justin Timberlake and Gene Kelly, but the screen really comes to life when it's full of dancers."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Disappointingly, neither India's most artistic director nor his new discoveries can prevent this song-packed extravaganza from being a beautifully crafted bore."
‑ Jaspreet Pandohar, BBC
"Of all the film's rococo pleasures-the lavish dance numbers, the dramatic rainstorms, and even the gold dust that puffs out when Sakina beats her rugs -- Mukherjee's richly textured diva is the most mesmerizing..."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"See this movie if you need to get some sleep."
‑ Abigail Deutsch, Village Voice
"For audiences unaccustomed to the format, the film runs too long -- though it is short by Bollywood standards -- and is repetitive, sentimental and cliched."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"With its lavish production design, extravagant sets, poetic musical numbers and photogenic stars, Saawariya is ravishing to look at, but disappointing overall"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"May not be the artistic milestone many have been hoping for, but as the first product of Bollywood's marriage with Hollywood, there should be pride from all corners for producing a solidly crafted entertainment."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Saawariya doesn't collapse but does wobble for much of its nearly 150-minute running time"
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Saawariya entices, fitfully springs to life but finally outstays its welcome by a good half-hour."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Saawariya is 2 hours 11 minutes of wide-screen close-ups, fanciful sets, colorful costumes, bellybuttons, almost-kisses and 10 pumped-up, achingly sweet songs."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Entertaining ... Not all that different from America's love affair with MTV, American idol, and prime time TV offerings"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The songs are undistinguished, and while newcomers Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor (who aren't related) both have impeccable Bollywood pedigrees, her performance is wildly uneven -- and his strenuously madcap antics are grating rather than endearing."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A breezy and passably entertaining major Indian musical, the first to be released by a major Hollywood studio."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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