Kartik Aaryan sells his character beautifully. I wish he’d drop that pout once in a while and drop that loud, abrasive avatar that made him a star. But as the film goes on, he becomes really likeable.
Satyaprem likes to dream. In his dreams, he is a “Gujju patakha“. In his dreams, this virgin youth has desi snacks with a date and then goes boating with her in a desi lake. But when he wakes up, he is a loser who has no job because he hasn’t cleared his law exams. Kartik Aaryan sells this character beautifully. I wish he’d drop that pout once in a while and the early scenes have him in that loud, abrasive avatar that made him a star. But as Satyaprem Ki Katha goes on, the protagonist becomes really likeable – a genuinely good-hearted man. And this film, written by Karan Shrikant Sharma and directed by Sameer Vidwans, is a genuinely good-hearted drama. This is an issue-based movie, but it takes the issue to the masses – unlike, say, a Thappad, which was more multiplex-y. What’s lost in nuance is gained in emotion. I teared up quite a bit.
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