With Mani Rathnam and A R Rehman linked to a project, one cannot be in too much doubt that if nothing else the music is going to be mind blowing.
But that was not the case with Saathiya. It not only had mind-blowing music and score it was one of the best movies of 2002.
Performances are heart-warming. Rani Mukerji is the main highlight of the frame, the soul of the entire film. She is just flawless in every single scene, beautiful, vibrant.
Shaad Ali, who makes his directorial debut here, shows he hasn't gone far from his father in terms of talent and imagination. He extracts good performances from his leading actors, he has sense and understanding of emotional scenes, he portrays the entire story realistically, and that's what makes his first work successful (although he ruined that image in his future projects, B&B and JBJ).
Everything, from the story line, the cinematography, locations, emotions, performances to AR Rehman's beautiful songs make it worth a watch!
Well, that was impressive, a film that leaves you thinking about it even hours after watching it.
For a change this movie actually delivers a subconscious message, something not commonly done in bollywood movies. The message is ‘lifes to short, tell those around you how much they really mean to you'. Taking this to heart, I can truly say that I loved Saathiya.