Sanam Re has been produced by the T-Series music company and directed by Divya Khosla Kumar, who is married to owner Bhushan Kumar, so it’s no surprise that that the movie has many hummable tunes set in the lakes and valleys so dear to music video directors.
The movie between the songs is an eminently disposable love triangle between Akash (Pulkit Samrat), Shruti (Yami Gautam) and Aakanksha (Urvashi Rautela). Akash and Shruti meet as children, but as per a prediction by Akash’s grandfather (Rishi Kapoor), they will be together forever but will never be a couple.
The answer to whether this prophecy is fulfilled is delivered after a torturous journey that involves Akash’s workplace tensions, a yoga camp in Alberta in Canada, and many songs in which Samrat sheds his shirt in an imitation of his self-declared hero, Salman Khan. Despite numerous plot twists, the two-hour duration feels as stretched as Samrat’s movie star ambitions. Every now and then, a song that might be better viewed on YouTube shows up to relieve the tedium.