In both literature and film, love is a timeless and universal theme. It has the capacity to enthral hearts and minds across generations and cultural divides. A timeless work of literature that has had a profound impact on the storytelling industry is "Love Story," authored by Eric Segal. Readers and moviegoers have been moved by its enduring story of love, sacrifice, and heartbreak for many years. Bollywood debuted its version of this well-known story in 2016 with "Sanam Teri Kasam." Under the direction of Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, the film honours the spirit of Segal's classic work of timeless art by exquisitely reimagining the essence of love and tragedy.
Saraswati "Saru" Parthasarthy (played by Mawra Hocane) and Inder Parihar (Harshvardhan Rane) are the main characters in "Sanam Teri Kasam". Inder is a lively and gregarious musician, but Saru is an introverted librarian. They come from different backgrounds; Inder is the black sheep of a prosperous family. Their paths eventually intersect despite their differences when Saru's younger sister asks Inder for help with a makeover. The seeds of an extraordinary love story are planted in this seemingly routine encounter.
The similarities between "Love Story" and "Sanam Teri Kasam" are immediately noticeable. The plot of both stories is the same: despite all odds, two people from different worlds fall in love, only to be faced with a tragic event that changes their lives. The central idea of love endures despite the differences in the two stories' settings and cultural contexts.
"Love Story" and "Sanam Teri Kasam" both revolve around the concept of nontraditional love. In the film "Love Story," Oliver Barrett IV and Jennifer Cavilleri represent two very different socioeconomic classes: Oliver is a wealthy Harvard student, while Jennifer is a working-class woman. Social conventions and expectations are defied by their love. In a similar vein, Saru and Inder from "Sanam Teri Kasam" are also from other planets. Inder is a colourful musician, and Saru is a serious introvert. Their love is stronger than these divisions and exemplifies the beauty of unconditional love.
The main idea running through both stories is the transcendental and potent force of love. Jenny's terminal illness is just one of the many challenges that Oliver and Jenny face in "Love Story," but their love never wavers. Saru and Inder's love endures many hardships in "Sanam Teri Kasam," just as it does here. This enduring love demonstrates the depths people will go to in search of love and the resiliency of the human heart.
The tragic turn that each story takes in "Love Story" and "Sanam Teri Kasam" is one of their most obvious parallels. In "Love Story," Oliver is devastated when Jenny passes away from her illness. In "Sanam Teri Kasam," Saru suffers a terrible demise while defending Inder from being wrongfully charged with a crime. The bittersweet reality that love can sometimes come at a high cost is masterfully captured in both stories.
"Sanam Teri Kasam" borrows heavily from "Love Story," but it also makes cultural adjustments to appeal to its intended audience. The story revolves around the film's exploration of the subtleties of Indian culture, familial expectations, and societal pressures. These components are deftly incorporated into the story, giving the Indian audience more context and relatability.
In order to increase the story's emotional impact, "Love Story" and "Sanam Teri Kasam" both make use of music and visuals. One of Francis Lai's most famous soundtracks, "Love Story," features the enduring theme "Where Do I Begin?" Himesh Reshammiya's musical composition "Sanam Teri Kasam" aptly accompanies the story. Tracks such as "Tera Chehra" and "Kheech Meri Photo" eloquently convey the emotions of the characters and enhance the narrative.
A contemporary version of Eric Segal's timeless classic "Love Story" is called "Sanam Teri Kasam." It adapts the story to an Indian cultural context while capturing the essence of love, sacrifice, and heartbreak. The film emphasises the strength of unorthodox love, the enduring quality of love, and the occasionally tragic outcomes it can bring about. It skillfully incorporates aspects of its own culture while paying respect to the original work to produce an engaging story that appeals to a wide range of viewers.
Despite taking cues from "Love Story," "Sanam Teri Kasam" is still a moving and poignant story of love on its own. Lovers of love stories should not miss this film because of its stunning photography and moving soundtrack, which heighten the emotional impact of the story. The rendition of Eric Segal's beloved song "Sanam Teri Kasam" serves as a reminder that love is a universal language that has the power to move people all over the world.