Sadiyaan tries to tread the old path of love blooming in the Kashmir Valley and adding to the twist and the drama is cross-border mumbo-jumbo. The story has its roots in 1947 partition and the events in the aftermath.
During their migration to India at the time of partition, Rajveer (Rishi Kapoor) and Amrit (Rekha) lose their newborn son but as fate would have it, they find a tiny tot in the new haveli they have moved into. The child is that of a Muslim family who lived in the haveli before partition. The couple bring up the child as their own. The boy, Eshaan (Luv Sinha), grows excelling in all that he does, from sports to dance. On an outing to Kashmir, he finds his love Chandni (Ferena Wazeir), a girl from a Muslim clergy family. Love blossoms between the two but there is a hitch. The marriage can’t happen since the boy is construed to be a Hindu. This is the cue for some sermons on borders and matters of the heart and show of one-upmanship in sacrifice between Hindu parents and biological Muslim parents of the boy!
The film features talent in abundance in the supporting cast of veterans Rishi Kapoor, Rekha and Hema Malini and watching them is a lesson in acting. However, the lead pair is new and dominating most of the playing time causing tedium. Add to that, the approach and the treatment by director Raj Kanwar look as dated as the story.
The leisurely way of narration works when the content and performers have the power to engross the audience and visuals are captivating. In Sadiyaan, the finesse is missing and too much footage spent on romance which the new actors can’t sustain. Adnan Sami who scores the songs is becoming repetitive. Photography is fair. The end oozes syrup is stretched.
An uninspiring title and the theme make Sadiyaan unpalatable.