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Prithvi (1997)

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A newly married couple go on their honeymoon to a foreign country, when the wife suddenly disappears.

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A newly married couple go on their honeymoon to a foreign country, when the wife suddenly disappears.

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A film that had great potential
19 November 2013 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Sunil Shetty had a fantastic year in 1997 with a big hit like Bhai(1997), and the critically acclaimed super hit Border(1997) but there were films that didn't let him fully succeed. Films like Dhaal(1997) and Judge Mujrim came and flopped. Dhaal had great potential but it was poorly handled in parts. Judge Mujrim(1997) also had great potential but too many unnecessary sub plots and terrible comedy ruined it. Prithvi(1997) had interested promos and parts of the film was great but there are some thing that are too hard to digest and the biased opinion of Americans is biased.

Prithvi is about an photographer Prithvi who makes a decent living with his current job. He starts taking pictures of a new model whom he starts loving. As a result, the first half is more of Prithvi's successful romance with this girl and his marriage with her. The film actually catches your attention when Prithvi gets a job offer in America but the constant bias gets irritating and not all Americans like to openly kiss their girlfriends and abuse other girls. The best scenes are when Prithvi's wife is missing and there is blood found in their hotel room. As a result, this romantic flick becomes a murder mystery flick with forced action. The mystery is decently solved but the end is stretched with action scenes hard to digest.

Direction by Nitin Manmohan is good in parts, he does handle the first half properly but it gets tedious after the first 40 minutes. The worst part is the comedy by Shakti Kapoor because it's silly and fails to evoke laughter. The second half gets more serious and some scenes are brilliantly handled. The scenes involving the cop are farce because the cops are shown as selfish and evil when this is not what typical American cops are like. The scenes where Shetty randomly fights people to save the life of this bar dancer is decent but it doesn't make sense in parts. How are there cops to misunderstand Shetty in one scene and in another scene cops never show up and there are so many explosions??? This is one thing that is extremely hard to digest as a part of the audience.

Sunil Shetty does a good job and the film is watchable only because of his brilliant performance. However, this role isn't a challenge for him, he impressed a lot more in Border. Shilpa Shetty puts up a decent act and her chemistry with Sunil is decent. Shakti Kapoor annoys and Shewta Menon only impresses with her sizzling dance number.

On the whole, Prithvi is one of those Sunil Shetty films which had great potential but some illogical scenes ruined the movie completely. I'd recommend this film only to Sunil Shetty fans like me and maybe a few people who wouldn't mind watching Sunil in a Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi type movie.


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