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.
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?