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Summary / Analysis
Times of India
A contemporary adaptation of Hindu mythological tale of Satyavan and Savitri (found in Mahabharata), the film revolves around Savitri (Niharica Raizada), a loyal and devoted wife, who can go to any extent to save her husband Satya (Rajat Barmecha) from the clutches of death, even if it requires her to negotiate with Yama (Om Puri plays the God of death).
Savitri grows up to be a 'warrior' after a childhood memory scars her for life. She decides to learn martial arts in order to protect herself and her family. She falls in love with Satya and wishes to marry him but a Hindu pandit opposes the decision. "Your husband will die if you marry him," he warns. Without paying heed, she gets married to Satya and moves to the U.S, where he resides. But a chain of unfortunate events posing a threat to her husband and father-in-law's (Gulshan Grover) lives follow, forcing her to unleash the fighter within her.
While the fable is well known, moulding it to make it relevant to today's times is a good thought. To see a woman kicking ass while battling the baddies in order to safeguard her family is inspiring too. Niharica Raizada fits the bill and pulls off the action scenes with conviction. The women empowerment message stands out as well.
The execution and editing, however, is choppy. Scenes look disjointed with no proper connect with each other. Songs are pointless and the actors switch on and switch off their accents at the drop of a hat. For instance, Niharica, who is said to have lived in Rajasthan all her life, suddenly shifts to saying, "I am happy to be hiyerrr," the Umrican way, her thick Rajasthani dialect vanishing the minute she sets foot on the American soil. Rajat Barmecha sleepwalks through his role, looking utterly uninterested.
The bad guys - Money John and Candy (Lucy Pinder) are laughable and inconsequential. The elongated love scenes are awkward, since there is no chemistry between the lead actors. Overall, you can skip this one.
Savitri (Niharica Raizada), grows up to be a martial arts expert after she almost gets molested as a child. Based in Jodhpur and raised by her father alone after the death of her mother, she vows to protect herself and her family from crooks. She beats up eve teasers and ensures that she is not to be trifled with. She falls in love with Satya (Rajat Barmecha), a US based guy and wishes to marry him. However, their family pandit opposes this move as he fears Satya might not live longer if the two tie the knot. Savitri doesn't pay heed to the warning. She marries Satya and moves to the US. As foretold by the pandit, Satya starts facing a series of near-fatal accidents. Co-incidentally, his wife realises that she can be his saviour. She even saves her visually impaired father-in-law and tries to rescue the family from financial trouble. She befriends the bad guys, who've been threatening her family and seeks revenge. She even negotiates with Yamraj (the God of death) and pleads him to let her husband live. He denies the request and Satya meets with a fatal accident. Not the one to give up, she gets into a fight with the villain, Money John and both end up getting killed. Once in heaven, she tells Yama that if her husband is alive, she should be allowed to live as well. Given her courage and valour, Yama grants her wish and sends her back to earth to be with her husband.