Helmed by acclaimed Indian director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Saawariya
gives Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story White Nights
the big-screen Bollywood treatment in all its visual and musical splendor. Newcomers Ranbil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor play star-crossed lovers amidst extravagant sets, sumptuous costumes, and beautiful musical routines overflowing with passion and energy. Coming in at just over two hours, Saawariya
is short by Bollywood standards but packs in all the dance, music, and yearning looks one could ask for, as well as supporting appearances from superstars Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan. A Hollywood-Bollywood co-production, Saawariya
may very well represent what's to come as the world's largest national cinemas cross over for the first time.
Young dreamer Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) moves to a quaint new town and becomes a singer at club RK. Naive but charming in his own way, Raj immediately attracts the attentions of local beauty Gulabji (Rani Mukherjee), but his own heart goes to Sakina (Sonam Kapoor), a mysterious young woman he encounters one night in the rain. Though Raj knows that Sakina is waiting for her lover (Salman Khan) to return, he falls head over heels for her and her deep eyes. Love begins to bud in an elusive waltz of passion and pursuit, and Raj pulls up the courage to confess his feelings to her. But at that moment, Sakina's lover finally returns.