My life has changed after seeing this movie. I'd forgotten all about magical places until I watched this movie, why?
First, the music is exquisite, lyrics, musicians, compositions, I understand the music was specifically written after the movie was made and therefore it fits like a glove. You will be transported to this wonderland, where beauty and magic converge. Equipped with a family heritage of talented movie makers and actors comes the genius of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I'm going to follow his productions from here on out. He introduces two fresh heavily talented actors, Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor, (both are fabulously good looking) and not related or married to each other as of this writing, they meet and deliver pure magic weaving a story of many dimensions.
A special guest appearance by Salman Khan playing "Imaan", Khan is recognized as the 7th most handsome man in the world, please don't let me see numbers 1 thru 6, I don't want a heart attack. His portrayal is mysterious as he appears in the movie one thunderous night with lighting flashing and thunder roaring, as Sakina (the fragile beauty) who is hypnotized by the very sight of this masculine man who appears like a vision and says: "We have a lifetime to gaze into each others eyes." If you're a woman watching this scene you either faint or scream, like I (and my daughter) did.
Ranbir Kapoor as a new comer seals the deal as one great up and coming actor, he dances, with moves like greased lightening, (his dance moves would make our own Elvis proud). Also Rani Mukherjee, as Gulabji the street wise and lovely woman of the night who tenderly recognizes the love struck "Rock Star" angel in Ranbir Raj and she seems to fall in love herself.
I loved the part Zohra Sehgal plays as "Lilipop," she starred in "The Jewel in the Crown" a PBS production about India's relationship with England leading up to India's Independence. The set designs are beautiful as we are transported through the "blue" streets and canals of this fantastic city of secret meeting places, the music is wonderful, and the actors are exquisite; a veritable feast for the senses. I loved Begum Para's portrayal as the blind grandmother who safety-penned Sakina to her, she reminded me of my own grandmother who happened to be blind and who was more aware of things going on than anyone imagined.
I immediately bought the dvd, and three cds of music, one for my auto, one for home and one I'm saving in case I wear one out! This is a beautiful love story, and what I immediately noticed was the great difference between American movies where French kissing is the least lustiness you see, in Saawariya there is no-kissing and no-hint pornography of any kind to weigh down this wonderful cinematic treasure. You are in for a treat with this magnificent production, and you don't have to worry about borderline porn, which is so overused in western cinema that it has become a total bore.
Treat yourself to some great cinema and take in this delightful movie, you'll be happy you did so. Saawariya is "Top Notch," in my books! Thank you to Bollywood and Sony entertainment.