Satyaprem Ki Katha is a family entertainer that deals with a hard hitting subject but has a lose screenplay and a rushed climax!

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Satyaprem Ki Katha

Satyaprem Ki Katha starring Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani, will make you cringe at certain scenes but also make you feel for the main characters once you know what the film really is about!

Satyaprem Ki Katha revolves around Sattu aka Satyaprem (Kartik Aaryan), who is an LLB fail, a good-for-nothing 'gujju pataka' as he likes to call it. He lives with his parents and sister in a house that feels like it's from the olden times. But what's new about it is that the women of the house bring home the bread while the men do the household chores. That's a rare sight but a good one nonetheless. His mom and sister have breakfast on the table while he and his dad cook or serve them. Yes, most of this happens because of the fact neither of the men in their house has any ambition of working but dividing work equally in a household could be a revelation for many who will watch this. 

Coming to Katha (Kiara Advani), a happy-go-lucky girl who was born khandani rich to a father who owns the best farsan chain in all of Gujarat. She loves dancing and singing. The first time Sattu sees her is at a Jalsa fest during Navratri, and it's love at first sight for him. But it's Sattu's bad luck that she already has a boyfriend. So his dreams of #SatyapremkiKatha takes a back seat. A year goes by, and he is now the only bachelor left in his whole area. As a hopeless romantic, he cannot wait to kick start his own love story. He is literally ready to tie the knot with anyone at this point while still, lowkey having a crush on Katha. So when he unintentionally learns that her boyfriend is finally out of the picture, he sweeps in again to become her knight in shining armor. Even though the two come from very different financial backgrounds, Katha's parents seamlessly agreed to marry their daughter off to a family they have zero clue about and are of below social status than them. 

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This marriage, under normal circumstances, would never happen, but Katha is not the same anymore; a year in her life brought her so much grief that she never even wanted to get married in the first place. But come on, she is a girl; how can she have a say in her own life? Her parents must get her married and get rid of the burden in their house. No matter who the guy is. The 'grief' that I am talking about is a very well-kept secret by the makers; I'll have to give them that. None of it was revealed or even slightly hinted at in the trailer. I absolutely did not know what to expect, and the major twist in the plot is the highlight of the film. So while I cannot reveal the majority of the second half, what I can say is that the treatment of how they deal with the subject is conflicting in many ways for me. On the one hand, you see Sattu understanding the gravity of what his wife has gone through and fighting against the whole world for her, but on the other hand, he also did marry her against her will and not forget the weird jokes throughout the film that were totally unnecessary, to begin with. 

But regardless, Kiara Advani does a good job here in portraying what Katha is going through and connected with me as an audience the most. You cannot help but feel bad for her; the turmoil that she faces and how she is chastised for it is the core of the film and, in fact, what makes this film watchable. Most of her part accurately depicts how society or even their own family is first in line to think a woman is lesser in any given situation. 

Supriya Pathak, who plays Kartik's mom in the film, and Shikha Talsania, who plays his sister, do not have enough screen time but add meaning to the story with whatever little part they had to play. Gajraj Rao also fairs well with a decent Gujarati accent and as a father who is his son's best friend but is also backward in his thinking. Since this movie was supposed to be a musical, there are, without a doubt, numerous songs every now and then. But except for the romantic track 'Aaj Ke Baad' by Manan Bhardwaj and Tulsi Kumar, none of the other songs stand out or work for the film, especially the infamous Pasoori Nu remake.

After two and a half hours of the movie, one would expect to have a closure in the ending. It was finally time for Katha to take charge of her life, and you would think that they would show her fight, but you get very little of that as well, making it look hasty and rushed. So is this movie a hit or a miss? It's neither. It's somewhere in the middle. It's definitely not the best film out there but nevertheless not one you should miss solely because of the message the maker of this film Sameer Vidwans is trying to convey. It is packaged as a family entertainer and, as mentioned before, does not have the best humor, but it's trying to educate the masses about something really grave and that I feel should not be skipped out on.

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