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Ra.One – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 26, 2011 | 3 Comment

PRODUCER – Gauri Khan
DIRECTOR – Anubhav Sinha
WRITER – Anubhav Sinha (Screenplay), Niranjan Iyengar and Kanika Dhillon (Dialogues)
CAST – Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma
MUSIC – Vishal-Shekhar

A robotic superhero with world-class external fanciness but an Indian heart is the punch of Shahrukh Khan’s magnum opus and labour of love Ra.One. He is G.One, Ra.One’s nemesis. However, he isn’t as strong as the bad guy but yes his goodness is where his strength comes from. We aren’t in romcom land here but the heart still rules. You can’t go wrong if you followed it, says G.One, something that SRK (and Co.) has been selling for ages now.

This fight between good and evil is set in both, the real and virtual world. Created as video game characters, both Ra.One and G.One war it out in both worlds. Ra.One (Arjun Rampal) is thirsty for Lucifer’s blood because he defeated him in a game and Ra.One swears revenge. Lucifer is Prateik, the son of Sonia (Kareena Kapoor) and Shekhar, (Shahrukh Khan) who has made the game and its characters. Circumstances lead to G.One (also played by Shahrukh Khan) setting out to protect Prateik and the cat and mouse game continues. Without much audience participation, sadly.

A patchy and uneven screenplay with an unusually improbable plot renders the entire project ineffectual. However, being a Bollywood film, Bhagvad Gita, angels and Ganeshji make special appearances, leaving the proceedings more than a little confounded if not diluted.

Excellent are the computer-generated graphics that sew the action and undo the robots tight. Fights are choreographed with an exceptional finesse that do not make us question their probability. Dramatic events explode and fuse in seconds even as characters take their own sweet time to amalgamate, dismantle and sashay into action. Ultimately, all that remains is the brouhaha and nothing much to show for it. Neither here, nor there, spiritless and without inspiration, the film meanders ahead, primarily only to wow us with how we can also achieve VFX of global standards. Hire their professionals.

The film is tightly edited and has very distinctly foot-tapping music. The robots are stylised with a visual flair but the usual naiveté of Bollywood with anything scientific shines through. No amount of the King Khan’s charisma helps here. Kareena Kapoor, styled rather with a downplayed hand by Manish Malhotra manages to look gorgeous but remains unconvincing and fake, something we generally do not expect of her.

The packaging is glossy and even explosive. But the content within remains age-old, even tired. Ra.One doesn’t scare, G.One doesn’t make you care. A mildly catchy ‘Chhammak Challo’ is not what you celebrate Diwali with, do you?

3 Responses
The only thing you are getting out of Raone is a numb bottom,worst movie.,vulgar comedy on condoms, sex, kama sutra etc....only music and graphics stands good for me.An emotional romantic hero cannot become a super hero.SRK proves that  man go and stick to ur old stuffs..thanks to Vishal-Shekhar for some good music..I am requesting SRK dont think abt Ra-two and Ra-three.... Arun Krishnan G October 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm
  YEPME Fashion Review   In Ra.One, a nerdy Shekar Subramanium  (Shah Rukh Khan) works for a gaming company in London. Though his hot wife Sonia (Kareena Kapoor) doesn’t seem to mind his unhip get-up, his son Pratik (Armaan Varma) is less forgiving. He finds his father geeky and admires what he thinks is the ultra cool villain. To win the admiration of his son, Shekhar creates a game in which the villain Ra.One (Arjun Rampal) is invincible.  Partik, a gaming enthusiast, defeats Ra.One at some level which annoys the villain. Ra.One finds a way to get out of the game into the real world to hunt and destroy his adversary. The only one who can control the powerful Ra.One is G.One, the good guy form the game. G.One takes on the appearance of Shekhar to combat Ra.One. Overall Ra.One is racy though it has its lagging moments. The movie starts off slow but then the second half gets more interesting. Scenes like the car chase and the reconstruction of Ra.One are cinematic delights. The novelty factor and visual effects are impressive. Though the movie is more accessible to people who are familiar with the gaming lingo.   According to us at YEPME, Ra.One has a limited wardrobe on the fashion front. As, of course, the good and bad guys are sporting the superhero look. Body-hugging black skin suits with dashes of red or blue and capes dominate the screen. Arjun Rampal as Ra.One has a menacing presence. And out of the suit we see him mostly in jeans and a trench coat.  Shah Rukh as the nerdy Shekar sticks to khakis and sweaters in neutral tones.  He also sports a few jackets in subdued tones. Though in the “Chammak Challu” dance number Shah Rukh sports a dashing tuxedo. But the scene stealer of the song is Kareena in her flaming red attire. In the rest of the movie, this yummy-mummy prefers trendy casuals.   YEPME Fashion November 4, 2011 at 12:06 am
hey sharukh khan   I've seen your movie i bought it from a Indian store my favorite movie was i even seen don 2 .... NICE MOVIES I SPEAK URDU TOO IM YOUR BIGGEST FAN   ayyan khan June 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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