Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rani Mukerji,
Beghum Para, Zohra Sehgal, Salman Khan
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
"Saawariya" means beloved.
Only that lover who stands the test of time …who
overcomes all obstacles… who doesn't care whether he
gets the girl or not… as long as he's consumed by love…
as long as he remains in a perpetual state of being in
That man, that rare lover is saawariya.
At this chance encounter he gets to know that she is
Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) who is a shy and quite girl and
who continues to intrigue him. It's a beginning of new
friendship and soon Raj falls in love with this fair
maiden. But the girl has something in her mind, she is
awaiting her faraway lover (Salman Khan). Raj
persistently tries to awaken her love, while she loyally
stalks the bridge where she has been promised by her
love for rendezvous some night. Salman Khan had come
into her life and walked out promising to return one
day. She is on an eternal wait… and in the coming four
nights, love, devotion and desire are all born within
Yes, the story is as simple as
that. This tale is supposed to be set in a different
world, somewhat resembling Venice, a fairytale and has
gondolas and prostitutes. The architecture is something
really out of this world, with clock towers with
hyperactive needles and sprawling mosque courtyards and
the tiny cobalt by-lanes leading arterially out of the
central tiny bridge area, a majestic brothel and a cool
guesthouse courtesy the set designer Omung Kumar.
Ranbir, is cute, fresh and charming with his playful
actions. Sonam has Anil Kapoor's infectious great laugh.
Rani Mukerji's plays Gulabjee the prostitute in this
film, and her presence brightens the otherwise slow
This film is only for a particular class of viewers who
enjoy visual poetry. While others who enjoy thrills,
masala movies - may end up experiencing sorrow and
- Aniz Filmvala
Ranbir Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor's son) is instantly likeable,
and Sonam Kapoor (Anil Kapoor's daughter) is undeniably
attractive. They are the newest and most promising stars
ever offered by our Bollywood film industry.
These young stars debut in director Sanjay Leela
Bhansali's film Saawariya which is a stark, lovely story
about romance born and rekindled over four nights
apparently inspired by the classic Fyodor Dostoevsky's
Saawariya's is a leisurely paced love story about two
young star-crossed lovers. Raj (Ranbir Kapoor), a
minstrel, full to the brim with can-do anything
enthusiasm, is certain that he has found his ultimate
dream when he arrives at a picturesque town. One silent
night, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl draped in
black, on a lonely bridge. However, destiny has something
in store for him.
Ranbir Kapoor is a restless romantic boy sporting a
mischievous grin, sings and performs at a club called
Raj's Bar. Sonam Kapoor is a introverted girl portraying
her emotions thru her silence and her longing eyes who
chaotically beats hanging carpets in her times of duress.
Ironically this young man who dances, sings, makes faces,
writes love letters and even protects the cute girl from
the rain, in the end, cannot protect himself from the
heartbreak that awaits him under the bridge.