Vivah is a simple charm of the boy-meets-girl story is laced with untold moments of absolute enchantment. In his typical fashion, Barjatya weaves together special moments between the couple as they move in and out of the domestic flock. Thankfully the joint family is kept at a far more manageable level here than in his earlier movies. There are no irksome broods of uncles and aunts who fill up screen space and the couple in love gets ample breathing space to let their mutual feelings grow in leisurely grace.
Cast: Shahid Kapur, Amrita Rao, Anupam Kher
The old-world charm of an arranged marriage is depicted well by the lead pair (Shahid and Amrita) who go through the mellow motions of falling in love similar to the adventure of an unexplored journey.
The external detailing of a small dusty town near Delhi is done skilfully – the crowded gullies, urchins running after Prem’s (Shahid) car when he visits his in-laws-to-be, the sweet seller’s shop and the night-time bustle compounded by distant sounds of old Hindi film songs. Art director Sanjay Dhabade’s work is excellent.
The director’s sincerity of purpose shines through in every shot of the crowded but genial gully. Alok Nath has a perennial warm smile towards his surrogate daughter Poonam (Amrita) and Seema Biswas does the balancing act between a shrewd step-mom and a practical mother.
The enchanting relations between these characters, with a chirpy little sister (newcomer Amrita Prakash) thrown in for sisterly solidarity, are delightful.
But there’s more here. Barjatya takes hold of all the strands of bustling emotions and harnesses it into a narrative that is polished and absorbing.
Every component of his vision holds together with remarkable fluency. The dialogues are in fluent but understandable Hindi and talk about values that seem to have been lost in the melee of ruthless ambitions in big cities.
Video Source: DVD