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Movie poster for Vivah
Directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya
Produced by Sooraj R. Barjatya,
Ajit Kumar Barjatya,
Kamal Kumar Barjatya,
Rajat A. Barjatya,
Rajkumar Barjatya
Written by Sooraj R. Barjatya, Aash Karan Atal
Starring Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao
Music by Ravindra Jain
Distributed by Rajshri Productions
Release date(s) Hindi:November 10, 2006[1]
Telugu:November 10, 2006[1]
Running time 159 min
Language Hindi/Telugu
IMDb profile

Vivah - A Journey From Engagement To Marriage ... (Hindi: विवाह, Urdu: وواہ, English: Marriage) is a romantic drama, set in Madhupur and Delhi, released on November 10, 2006.[2] It was produced by India's local movie industry Bollywood and is about the engagement between Prem, an upper-class business manager, and Poonam, a college student, from Madhupur. The film was written and directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya and stars Shahid Kapoor as Prem, Amrita Rao as Poonam and Alok Nath, as well as Anupam Kher as their fathers. Seema Biswas and Amrita Prakash have supporting roles.

Vivah was released on November 10, 2006 all over India and received a Telugu dub as Parinayam.[3][4]

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Production

Director Sooraj R. Barjatya noted that the story of Vivah is based upon a newpaper article his father read sixteen years ago, in 1988.[5] Like in all of Sooraj R. Barjatya's previous movies, the male lead is, once again, called Prem. Fiming took place during the first months of 2006 - in May 2006, eightyfive percent of the filming was done.[6] The jewellery Poonam receives from Prem during the movie was created by Indian jeweller D’damas,[7] while Amrita Rao's costumes were created by Indian designer Anna Singh[8] and Shahid Kapoor's clothes were created by Shabina Khan. Both designer were part of a crew of 166 people.[9]

Filming took place is the small town Madhupur, in Mathura, as well as in Jogeshwari, Almora,[10] Nainital, Dehli, Mumbai, the Filmcity in Goregaon, as well as Madh Island, Lonavla, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Moradabad and Ranikhet.[9]

Synopsis

Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao as featured in the film.
Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao as featured in the film.
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Poonam (Amrita Rao) lost her parents, when she was very young. She was brought up by her uncle Krishna Kant (Alok Nath) and her aunt Rama (Seema Biswas). However, Rama is jealous of her and barely talks to her, since Poonam is more beautiful than her own daughter Rajni (Amrita Prakash), who is lively and friendly, but lacks Poonam's elegance. Bhagat-ji (Manoj Joshi), a jeweller, and a friend of Krishna Kant, likes Poonam very much and decides to matchmake her with Prem (Shahid Kapoor), Mr. Harish Chandra's (Anupam Kher) son, as Bhagat-ji is friends with Mr. Harichandra.

Mr. Harichandra informs Prem of his plans to matchmake him, as he believes Prem is of proper age, young enough to adapt to someone else, and, Prem's brother, Sunil (Samir Soni), was about the same age when he married Bhavna (Lata Sabharwal). Prem, however, is hesitant to marry, since he thinks himself to be too young and wants to focus on his career first. Harichandra convinces him to meet Poonam first. They visit Poonam's family and let Prem and Poonam to get to know each other. Though their first conversation is awkward, Prem and Poonam decide to get married, as they are instantly attracted to each other. The two families agree to meet each other again, so Prem and Poonam get the opportunity to know each other better. Krishna Kant invites Prem's family to their summer residence in Som Sarovar and Harishchandra accepts.

Poonam anxiously awaits Prem to come to Som Sarovar, however, until Bhavna arranges a meeting between the two, they barely have the chance to talk to each other. After several carefree days, Harichandra and his family has to leave again because of the family business, which leaves Poonam and Prem only the opportunity to communicate via telephone, internet or letter. Despite the distance between them, they grow closer and Prem, before going to a business trip to Japan, tells Poonam on the phone that he has fallen in love with her. When Prem comes back from Japan, Poonam is there to greet him on the airport, gets to spend some time at his house and finally returns to her own family on order to prepare for the wedding.

(l-r) Sunil, Bhavna, Rama, Krishna Kant, Rahul, Mr. Harichandra, Prem and Bhagat-ji
(l-r) Sunil, Bhavna, Rama, Krishna Kant, Rahul, Mr. Harichandra, Prem and Bhagat-ji

However, two days before the actual wedding, a fire emerges at Krishna Kant's house. Poonam gets heavily burned, because she saves Rajni. Prem, occupied with his own wedding preparations, is informed by Bhavna of Poonam's accident and goes to see his fiancé at the hospital. She is very unsure if Prem will marry her, now that she has been scarred. The doctor (Mohnish Behl) informs the family that there is hope, however the operation to save Poonam may be dangerous and Poonam will take much time to recover. Harichandra arranges for specialists to be flown in from Dehli and Prem, despite her injury, still wishes to marry her and accepts her as a wife by bringing sindhoor to her at the hospital. The operation is successful and the wedding commences.

Spoilers end here.

Reception

Ratings
India:  U
United Kingdom:  PG
United States:  PG

Box Office and Ratings

Like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Rajshri Productions released limited number of prints for the film and eventually increased prints with increasing popularity.[11] The film was declared a blockbuster, after earning Rs 22.22 crore net gross after seven weeks of running. As on 06 March2007 the film has earned Rs 30.91crore in box office earning [12] By the end of November, it was reported that there had been over 4 million(4,000,000*$9.99=Approx.Rs.18Cr.) online streams of Vivah.[13] Running into its sixteenth week, its position still remains in the top five at the Indian box office despite its limited release and competition from some of year's and industry's most successful movies including Dhoom 2, Bhagam Bhag, Baabul, Guru (2007 film), Salaam E Ishq, Eklavya: The Royal Guard all being released after Vivah's debut.[14]

Vivah Grand total stands at large 30.91crore + 18crore= 48.91crore for a film made at an honest budget of 10cr.

Critical

Vivah received a mixed response by critics: Taran Adarsh of IndiaFM generally compliments the actors by calling Shahid Kapoor a "tremendous actor", Amrita Rao "splendid all through" and compliments the strong supporting cast, he criticises the first half as "ordinary/routine".[15] Raja Sen of Rediff gave a generally negative review of Vivah, calling it "a nightmare" and "unforgivably regressive".[16] Deepa Ghalot of Sify.com called Vivah "close to being regressive" and "syrupy sweet", however, she complimented Shahid Kapoor's acting.[17] The Hindustan Times called Vivah "boring" and an "utopia", but complimented Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao on their acting, calling the first one "good", but "lacking charisma" and the latter "sweet".[18] "The Hindu" however called Vivah "lovable" and a "choice unlikely to regret".[19] BBC.co.uk complimented Shahid Kapoor as being "playful", called them movie itself however "sickeningly sentimental".[20] The Telegraph criticised Vivah for "lacking plot", "flat characters" and mentioning that the story is "rather weak" and "improbable".[21]

Cultural Impact

Indian painter M. F. Husain, who has painted Madhuri Dixit, the female lead of Sooraj R. Barjatya's Hum Aapke Hain Koun, decided to create a series of pictures inspired by Amrita Rao and Vivah. He announced to create "an entire exhibition around her" and noted her "tremendous potential".[22] He organised a private screen for 150 friends and press attendees to "convey his interest for the film" at Dubai’s Plaza cinema.[23][22] The Regent, a theater in Patna, Bihar, has put up a huge paandal (festive banner) in order to promote the movie. The paandal reads Poonam weds Prem and the theater has been getting inquiries if they entered the wedding business. Several movies have been highly successful in Bihar and their protagonists have been emulated by the movie goers; in Vivah's case, it has become fashionable to wed like Poonam and Prem from Vivah.[24]


Promotion

To promote the movie, Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao have sold tickets themselves at the Fame Malad Theatre in Malad, Mumbai.[25] Also, there have been sarees, bindis and free ticket give-aways in several theatres where the movie ran.[26]

Internet Release

Poster of the Telugu-dubbed version of Vivah, Parinayam
Poster of the Telugu-dubbed version of Vivah, Parinayam

Vivah is the first Indian movie to be simultaneously released in cinema and on the production company's official site.[27] Rajshri Media Limited, the digital arm of the Rajshri group is responsible for the release. The company hopes to marginalise piracy.

Rajshri.com has served one million streams within seven days in association with limewire networks i.e.one stream is priced at $9.99 roughly it makes Rs.4.5cr. in the first week it self, and Rajjat A. Barjatya, managing director of Rajshri Media Limited claims that Vivah has done "very well" being streamed online.[27]

However, it also means that DVD release of the film will get affected as its already been seen by Home viewers.



Soundtrack

Vivah
Vivah cover
Soundtrack by Ravindra Jain
Released
November 10, 2006 (India)
RecordedUnknown
GenreFilm soundtrack
Label
Producer(s)Ravindra Jain
Professional reviews

Music Review at IndiaFM.com

Ravindra Jain chronology
Bhaggmati - The Queen Of Fortunes
(2005)
VivahUnknown


Soundtrack includes a Bonus CD from Ustad Bismillah Khan.

Ravindra Jain, the music director of Vivah has put together a soundtrack of old world charm, with a full orchestra behind some of the best known voices of the Hindi movie scene. The orchestra combines with classical Indian instruments, like the sitar and tabla to produce a blend between classical western and classical Indian music. The music has, however been criticised due to its monotony, with the range of singers, choice of instrument and music arrangements being very similar.[28] Rediff.com wrote in its music review that "Vivah's music disappoints".[28]

Song Artist Other notes
Mujhe Haq HaiUdit Narayan & Shreya Ghoshal
Do Anjaane AjnabiUdit Narayan & Shreya Ghoshal
Milan Abhi Aadha AdhuraUdit Narayan & Shreya Ghoshal
Hamari Shaadi MeinBabul Supriyo & Shreya Ghoshal
Kal Jisne Janam YahanSuresh Waadkar & Kumar Sanu
O JijiPamela Jain & Shreya Ghoshal
SavaiyaaSuresh Waadkar & Aparnaa Bhaagwa
SavaiyaaShreya Ghoshal

Cast

  • Prem (Shahid Kapoor). A young man from Delhi, just to about to start his career at his father's enterprise. He gets engaged to Poonam and falls in love with her.
  • Poonam (Amrita Rao). A young woman from Madhupur with very traditional values. She is an orphan and lives with her uncle, aunt and cousin Rajni and gets engaged to Prem.
  • Mr. Harichandra (Anupam Kher). Prem's and Sunil's father, a kind man and head of his own enterprise. Bound to traditional values and very loving to his family, he urges Prem to get engaged to Poonam.
  • Krishna "Chacha" Kant (Alok Nath). Rajni's father and Poonam's uncle. He loves his niece very much and only hesitantly agrees to let her leave his house.
  • Rama "Chachi" (Seema Biswas). Rajni's mother and Poonam's aunt. She is barely talking to Poonam and very jealous of her, as Poonam is more beautiful and elegant than her own daughter, and will get such a great opportunity to marry into a rich and kind family. She and her husband argue often.
  • Sunil, Prem's brother (Samir Soni). Prem's brother and Mr. Harichandra's son. He works at his father's enterprise and is always seen reading newspapers. Though sometimes seemingly cross, he very much loves his family.
  • Bhavna, Sunil's wife (Lata Sabharwal). Sunil's wife. She is a warm, kind and humorous person and takes care of her husband's and father-in-law's household. She arranges the meetings between Prem and Poonam.
  • Rajni "Choti" (Amrita Prakash). Krishna Kant's and Rama's daughter, and Poonam's cousin. humorous and a little bit mischievous, she does everything for her sister and Prem to meet and fall in love with each other.
  • Bhagat-ji (Manoj Joshi). A jeweller and trader. He knows both the families of Prem and Poonam and arranges a meeting and the engagement of the children.
  • Munim-ji (Dinesh Lamba). Krishna Kant's secretary and occasional answering machine to Prem's calls for Poonam.
  • Rahul (Ameya Pandya). Bhavna's and Sunil's son. A lively, but mischievous young boy.
  • Doctor Rashid Khan (Mohnish Behl in a guest appearance). The doctor Poonam gets treated by. An able and very concerned man.

Crew

  • Story, Screenplay & Direction: Sooraj R. Barjatya
  • Dialogue: Aash Karan Atal
  • Cinematography: Harish Joshi
  • Editing: V.N. Mayekar
  • Art: Sanjay Dabade
  • Sound Designer: Jitendra Choudhary
  • Re-Recording: Anup Dev
  • Choreography: Jay Borade
  • Thrills: Kaushal-Moses
  • Costume Designer: Anna Singh for Amrita Rao, Shabina Khan for Shahid Kapoor


Trivia

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.ciol.com/. Rajshri Media launches entertainment portal. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk. Vivah on bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  3. ^ http://rajshriproductions.com/. Rajshri News. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  4. ^ www.indiafm.com. Cast & Crew for Vivah. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  5. ^ www.rediff.com. I'm waiting for Salman to see Vivah. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  6. ^ www.rediff.com. First look: Amrita-Shahid's Vivah. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  7. ^ www.telegraphindia.com. Of rings and relationships. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  8. ^ www.telegraphindia.com. Vivah is not another Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  9. ^ a b www.rajshriproductions.com. Vivah: Official Homepage. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  10. ^ http://www.hindu.com. When Cupid strikes. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  11. ^ www.indiafm.com. Vivah continues to grow. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  12. ^ wwww.boxofficeindia.com. Boxoffice India News. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  13. ^ http://www.radiosargam.com/films/archives/
  14. ^ http://www.indiafm.com/trade/top5/index.html
  15. ^ www.indiafm.com. IndiaFM.com Vivah Movie Review. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  16. ^ in.rediff.com. Vivah needs Salman and a script. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  17. ^ sify.com. Sify.com movie review. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  18. ^ sify.com. Sooraj R Barjatya. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  19. ^ The Hindi. Game for deja vu?. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  20. ^ BBC movie review. Vivah - A Journey from Engagement to Marriage. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  21. ^ Telegraph India Review. Made By Rajshri. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  22. ^ a b Hindustan Times. Now, Amrita has entered by canvas: M. F. Husain. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  23. ^ Sify.com. M. F. Husain immortalizes Amrita Rao & Vivah. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  24. ^ MumbaiMirror.com. The Marriage Circle. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  25. ^ Shahid, Amrita enthrall patrons at Fame Malad. Shahid, Amrita enthrall patrons at Fame Malad. Retrieved on 6 January 2007.
  26. ^ Vivah marketing: Sarees, train tickets, bindi packets. Vivah marketing: Sarees, train tickets, bindi packets. Retrieved on 6 January 2007.
  27. ^ a b Rediff on Vivah's internet release. Now, watch new Hindi films online!. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.
  28. ^ a b Rediff on Vivah's music. Vivah's music disappoints. Retrieved on 30 December 2006.

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Product Description

Poonam (Amrita Rao) is an orphaned middle-class girl who lives with her chacha (Alok Nath) and chachi (Seema Biswas). Poonam's chachi has been unable to accept Poonam as her own child as she is more beautiful than chachi's daughter, Rajni (Amrita Prakash). Poonam's simple and affectionate demeanor touches the heart of Bhagatji (Manoj Joshi) who takes her marriage proposal for Prem (Shahid Kapoor), son of renowned businessman Mr. Harishchandra (Anupam Kher). In spite of being brought up in the fast city life of New Delhi, Prem is rooted to the ground and has retained his family's traditional values and upbringing.

Respecting his father's wishes, Prem agrees to meet Poonam to get to know her better. What follows is a 'meeting' arranged by the two families. Prem and Poonam are suddenly in the midst of a situation they have never been in before. They discover their soul mates in each other and are engaged - to be married in six months. Prem and Poonam go through the most magical and romantic period of their lives. Six months fly by and just when everything is set for Prem and Poonam to get married... a crisis puts the love of Prem and Poonam through a trial by fire. 'Vivah' is a heart-warming tale of their unconditional love...

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Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #22912 in DVD
  • Released on: 2010-01-06
  • Format: NTSC
  • Original language: Hindi
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Running time: 160 minutes

Customer Reviews

After the engagement, the courtship begins...4
So, just this once, toss those hip modern values out the window along with that bathwater. This movie is VIVAH, and it unabashedly hearkens back to India's more traditional conventions, and specifically that of the arranged marriage. Released in 2006 VIVAH tells the story of two young people, Prem and Poonam, strangers to one another yet destined to be wedded. So it'd be nice if they like each other.

Poonam (Amrita Rao) is an orphaned girl from the small town of Madhupur, who was raised in her uncle's household. She is beautiful and demure and brought up to be obedient and traditional. Despite this, her aunt dislikes her intensely, simply because Poonam is far prettier than her own daughter, never mind that Poonam and her daughter get along very well. Poonam has tried to make the best of it, basking in the love lavished on her by her doting uncle and cousin. But, all her life, she's longed for a mother's affection...

Prem (Shahid Kapoor) is the youngest son of an industrial magnate in Delhi. Carefree and just about to settle into his career, Prem is very surprised and unprepared when his father proposes an arranged marriage for him. Yet Prem is respectful enough to at least meet his potential bride, an act which proves fatal to his bachelorhood. Instantly charmed by Poonam, Prem promptly gives the nod to the marriage contract. As for Poonam, it's hard to tell what she's really thinking because she's so damned demure, but she seems to reciprocate Prem's interest. So the contract is finalized, friendships are struck, a romance is fostered, and the nuptials set to take place in six months' time.

As the following weeks and months elapse and the families get better acquainted, Poonam and Prem continue to get ever closer, until that old familiar happens: Poonam and Prem fall in love. And, suddenly, the big day can't come soon enough. But complications surface. Poonam's aunt still bears her a deep jealous resentment and, so, what should have been an idyllic time for Poonam is sabotaged by her aunt's venomous snipings at her uncle, over his extravagant financing of the wedding and over his seeming disregard for his own daughter's future prospects. Then, on the eve of the wedding, a life-threatening tragedy unfolds, and Poonam and Prem and their families will be tested as never before.

Even in Bollywood cinema, the idea of the arranged marriage has taken its share of negative hits. So, every once in a while, for balance's sake, it's nice to see a film which espouses the positives of this age-old institution. I don't necessarily agree with it as I'm more with the free choice side of the fence. But it's nice to hear from the other point of view. And, more importantly, while not a classic, I do think VIVAH is a movie worth watching. It certainly did well enough at India's box office.

Granted, not much of a plot here in VIVAH. Basically, the film is built on simple moments as it tracks the progression of the arranged marriage, from the contractual conception to the courtship to the consummation of the marriage ceremony. Nothing gossip-worthy happens, and, other than the virulent aunt, all is easy-peasy until the last thirty minutes when the tragic twist surfaces. Sadly, the musical interludes are lackluster. And the sedate pacing and lack of narrative punch might've turned me off, except that the superb cast managed to keep me involved. These characters are likable enough (except for the aunt) that you even get immersed in the slow scenes. VIVAH applies a huge chunk of the running time in developing Poonam and Prem's blossoming relationship, as they overcome their mutual shyness and awkwardness and begin to fall for each other. Theirs isn't a raging romance. Their subdued personalities don't lend too much to fiery, over-the-top demonstrations, although there is a moment when Prem shouts "I love you!" in an airport. Rather, theirs is a connection arrived at by achieving a certain mutual comfort level and by clinging to a commitment to and a respect for traditional culture and customs. But, also, that they're both very attractive people probably didn't hurt any.

Again, the glue of VIVAH is the cast. The two young leads, Shahid Kapoor and the ravishing Amrita Rao, turn in sensitive, if bland, performances. The supporting actors turn out to be as equally important. Particularly great are Anupam Kher and Alok Nath, who respectively play Prem's wealthy but grounded father and Poonam's loving uncle and surrogate father. And the fact that you end up hating on Poonam's dour-faced aunt is, of course, a reflection of Seema Biswas's very good acting skills.

For those with the 2-dvd set, the first disc has the film and song selections. The second disc contains the 19-minute-long "Making of the Film" featurette (average) and the 21-minute-long "Making of the Music" (dull).

Graced with a gentle, low key charm and a heartwarming simplicity, the waterworks really come on in the tense and emotional last half hour (Grab your hanky). And yet VIVAH may prove to be too Pollyanna for some. Are arranged marriages really this wonderful? Does love really come after marriage? Well, no, and sometimes. VIVAH is a celebration of this institution and is, for all purposes, a Bollywood fairy tale, an idealization of arranged matrimony. As such, it's about as real and convincing as, well, as a Bollywood motion picture. Would that all arranged marriages work as well as this one did.

Beautiful story about love on many levels5
The main story focuses on the growing relationship between the main characters, but the relationships between the main characters and other members of the family as well as the two families, form a core part of the story development. All the characters were great in their roles, particularly the main characters. There is a lot of subtlety in expression and body language that's wonderfully expressive. The music fit very nicely. It's a long movie and it would be hard for me to cut anything. Definitely have a hanky for a rough patch. Very sweet treat without crossing the line to syrupy. I can't bring myself to subtract from the rating for it, but I do wish the "extras" DVD contained deleted scenes.

Not entirely satisfied - plays like a copy2
I ordered the DVD Vivah. The DVD arrived on time, but the quality is poor. The movie plays like it is a copy rather than an original of the movie.






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