Bhansali's second film 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' had 10 songs and a playing time of three hours.
'Saawariya', with eight songs, is far shorter than the opulent and stunning 'Devdas' which ran into three hours and 10 minutes with a mix of songs, dances and operatic drama.
Economy of expression defines the romance between Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in the much-awaited film. From the time his eyes fall on Sonam, Ranbir celebrates his love in ecstatically composed and choreographed numbers that create a waltz of a thousand steps with just gestures and whispers.
'Saawariya' is Sanjay's subtlest, most quiet and mellow film to date. While almost every sequence in 'Devdas' and 'Black' culminated in an operatic crescendo, the shot compositions in 'Saawariya' suggest a symphony rather than an opera.The eight elaborate songs and dances in the
Songs have been used to propel the story forward in 'Saawariya' and every song tells a tale. Monty Sharma's tunes and Sameer's lyrics create a structure akin to a raga.
'Saawariya' is a formally structured romance with the episodes between the protagonists moving forward in power-packed pirouettes of passion.
The presiding colour of 'Saawariya' is blue, which defines the spaces that separate and bring the lovers together. But the mood after the film's first screening was anything but blue.
It was unanimously felt that Bhansali's latest work takes him far ahead of his earlier films. For those who think all his films are about thundering passion, 'Saawariya' is a bolt from the blue.