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Ra.One Movie Review

Comments  Comments [ 168 ]    By Vaibhav Javeri | 26 October 2011 | 5:03pm

"Ra.One is a must-watch for SRK fans and SFX lovers"

Shahrukh in Ra OneAfter Rajnikanth, Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan; the next superstar jumping on the 'superhero flicks' bandwagon is none other than the supposed Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan. With an astonishing investment of Rs. 150 crores (suggested by reports), Ra.One is not only Shah Rukh Khan's most ambitious project till date but also Bollywood's costliest film ever made. The film's publicity campaign has been phenomenal enough to be referred to as a case study by marketing students. From getting international singer Akon on board, to the mega superstar Rajnikanth; Shah Rukh Khan has left no stone unturned. As he must have wished, since the past few months Bollywood has been all about Ra.One! Will Ra.One be able to live up to the tremendous hype and expectations? Will it be able to recover its investment?

A father tries hard to fit-in in his Son's badass world. While Shekhar (Shah Rukh Khan) was trying every trick in the book to woo his son with wife Sonia (Kareena Kapoor); his son had already given up on him. Just when the father-son duo hit a deadlock- Shekhar strikes gold when he designs one hell of a game. Finally it all starts falling in place. The family comes together, but only to find themselves in the middle of a crash. Not just a hard drive crash but a crash that would drive them to a disaster. All hell breaks loose when the game that was meant to be played with, starts playing them. Ra.One- The next level!

Arjun in Ra One"Tum log har saal raavan ko is liye jalate ho kyunki tum jaante ho ke raavan kabhi marta nahi" Killer dialogue, isn't it?! Well, the best part of the film is the bad man himself having the title role to his credit Ra.One. The film starts off with an outright ridiculous beginning. The fact that a 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' song starts playing in the midst of a superhero sequence, justifies my judgment. You pray the film doesn't follow this trend, and thankfully, your wish is granted. The film goes on with an interesting flow and a brilliant latter half to its pre-interval segment. Watch out for the entire portion which shows the emergence of Ra.One into life, it has the ability to get you some serious goosebumps! And the credit purely goes to the SFX (special effects) team. The SFX witnessed in Ra.One is definitely the best ever seen in the Hindi Film industry. Another plus point is the action sequences between G.One and Ra.One.  It keeps you wanting for more. Also, Shah Rukh Khan's star power and screen presence is unmatchable. He can even make a Tamil character likeable with maybe the worst Tamil accent ever. That's Shah Rukh Khan for you.

However, the film does have its share of flaws too. The film majorly defaults in its "balancing act". The film tries to balance out between a sci-fi superhero flick and a massy Bollywood entertainer, and that's where it loses focus. This leads to several unnecessary sequences, typical Indianised Bollywood moments plus dialogues and failed emotional sequences. The forced humor which majorly comprises of some kicks in the nuts, fails at most places. Except the scene where a homosexual officer is checking out Shah Rukh Khan's body parts. That's hilarious! Even the emotional quotient between Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor doesn't make an impact and seems unnecessary. Sequences having Rajnikanth, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra's special appearances seem absolutely forced to increase the 'star power' of the film. Also, why does there have to be a hero v/s 10 gundas scene in every damn film?! Getting on to some other typical Indianised Bollywood moments, what's with the scene having G.One asking Sonia about Karva Chauth?! There are many more such scenes. Only if the film had concentrated on just the 'superhero' aspect of the film and have some more friction between G.One and Ra.One instead of concentrating on other unnecessary storylines, Ra.One could have proved to be path-breaking cinema.

Kareena in RaOneBeing director Anubhav Sinha's next directorial venture post Tum Bin, Dus and Cash, Ra.One has definitely escalated his level. However, Sinha doesn't live up to the expectations created by the scale of this film. Not only the direction, but also screenplay by him along with Mushtaq Sheikh and Kanika Dhillon isn't first-rate and seems more of an attempt to make a 'complete package' rather than a sci-fi film. However, the strictly okay direction and screenplay is compensated with some brilliant cinematography by V. Manikanandan and great special effects. The music has already topped all popular music charts, Chammak Chalo being the talk of the town. However, it's not only the music but also the background score by Vishal-Shekhar which is brilliantly gripping.

Moving on to the performances, Ra.One belongs to Shah Rukh Khan. He brings in some amazing star power and screen presence as always. Frankly, the performance doesn't require histrionics. Being Shah Rukh Khan throughout is just more than enough! However, while playing Shekhar, he should have worked on his Tamil accent. Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal are hardly there, but considering their poor performances, their minimal screen time actually works for the film. Kareena Kapoor, an actress who proudly claims to be doing equally meaty roles like her male counterparts, does nothing but add glam quotient to the film. No doubt, she looks drop-dead gorgeous. However, Kareena does nothing but dance, crib, look good; and gives in an average performance in sequences which require her to emote. In fact, if the emotional sequences don't work, Kareena Kapoor's mediocre performance is a major factor. Arjun Rampal tries his best to do a Voldemort but fails. The special effects version of Ra.One has more expressions compared to Arjun Rampal. Even in his minimal screen time, he fails to make an impact the character of Ra.One would require to do so. Armaan Verma gives in a confident performance. Shahana Goswami and Tom Wu don't have much scope.  Satish Kaushik and Suresh Menon are good in their usual bits. Special appearances by Rajnikanth, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra are absolutely forced! Amitabh Bachchan's voice-over makes an impact. One wonders after getting 'Shahenshah', 'Chitti', 'Khalnayak' and 'Desi Girl', what stopped Shah Rukh from getting Krrish a.k.a good friend Hrithik Roshan from making an appearance.

Overall, there's no doubt that Ra.One as a film is flawed. However, Shah Rukh Khan's star power and the brilliant work by the film's special effects team is the saving grace and makes Ra.One a definite one-time watch. The film might not be liked by all sections of the audiences but shall definitely be loved by the masses. Also, it's a must-watch for all SRK fans and SFX lovers.

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Author: Rishitu Amarnani

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Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan

Kareena Kapoor Kareena Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra Priyanka Chopra

Sanjay Dutt Sanjay Dutt

Arjun Rampal Arjun Rampal

Rajinikanth Rajinikanth

Shahana Goswami Shahana Goswami

Year : 2011

  • monis-ng
    Date: 10/28/2011 3:55:06 AMmonis-ng

    well old is gold ...
    what u thing we r kid ? Wacko
    total bakwas film Dead

  • .Manal.
    Date: 10/28/2011 2:41:38 AM.Manal.

    people who watched Om Shanti Om ! SHOULD NOT even dare say tht Arjun rampal cant act nor xpress !!! cuz the dude was awesome ! n even widout watchin Ra.One i can say like he gave FULL justice to Mukesh mehra's character im sure he rocked as Ra.One !!
    @Salman Fans ! Gosh n i thought KSG fans r obsessed n Crazy o.O :S ! i mean GROW UP !!
    Bodyguard was Nice ! buh not a movie i can watch again n again !!
    Dabang was PLAIN STUPID for me !!
    READY was entertaining buh OKAY !!

    so givin 3 movies bk to bk wont change anyfin .-. !
    as SRK even if he makes 1 movie in a year or 2 ! it is still remembered for years n is appreciated !!

    @Sammy : WAT THE ,... ROFL I LOVE u <3

  • Billu-Maamma
    Date: 10/28/2011 2:36:34 AMBillu-Maamma

    srk is the best..and who compared salman with him?arzun-arohi wrote [kai srk salman khan kai shoes saaf krta hai].mujh ko lgta hai kai salman itnay saloon sai srk kai shoes polish kr raha tha is liye zero tha or ab wo apni job sai fariqh ho gaya hai to kuch theek films dei hain.agar app ko srk pasand nahi hai to article mein aa kai comments krnay ki tkleef kuen kr rahay ho...mein yeh baaat kehna nahi chahti thi bt mein nai boht brdaast kr liya..or mein srk's haters ko ek baat clear kr dena chahti hoon kai agar app log srk kai baray mein burah likh sktay ho to hum ko bi burah likhna aata hai.agar srk kai fans ki khushi app logon sai bardaast nahi hoti to nikl jao yahan sai okk.

  • FingerFetish
    Date: 10/28/2011 2:24:09 AMFingerFetish

    Could I just add that I totally happen to hate the person who wrote this review. Arjun Rampal needs no expressions, his mere presence is enough to lighten the globe up. HE IS THAT FREAKING BEAUTIFUL! Enough said.

    Secondly, Salman Khan obsessive fans need to chill the crap out. Please don't act all high and mighty when ridiculous movies like Bodyguard, Ready and Dabaang has been his latest. Those movies are a serious 'WHAT THE' (Quoted by Arnav Singh Raizada) - that needs to have it's ass tai-chi'd (Credit to Maan Singh Khurana) down the very pit of FLOP-ass-mindless movies!

    But then again freaky/creepy/obsessive/rude people are needed in this world. I mean how would Psychologists make money without you = )
    JUST SAAAYIN. Offenses totally intended.2011-10-28 02:27:53

  • khan
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:58:45 AMkhan

    awesome movie...1st day collection in india is 18.5 which is 3crore less than bodyguard bt it beat already bodyguard on 2nd day as it earned more than 25 crore where bodyguard earned 17 crore..so all the way..srk..here in USA its going strong...I'm darn sure it will break all the previous records of bollywood2011-10-28 02:26:24

  • coolsabs
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:58:05 AMcoolsabs

    I love the film promoes and going to watch tomorrow...

  • raiharshal
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:47:18 AMraiharshal

    hey wow m very xcited to watch this movie.. i love sharukh & kareena..

  • sayhellonidhi
    Date: 10/28/2011 12:51:06 AMsayhellonidhi

    undoubtedly srk is d best...nd we all luv him...ra 1 is a gr8 movie...and all srk fans must watch it...

  • Alu-
    Date: 10/28/2011 12:21:04 AMAlu-

    Oh god now i am just pissed :/
    Like no offense i never go on about a salman movie i still watch it and say it was okay types but now the fans are irritating the hell out me.
    They liked bodyguard and Ready and are on about How Ra.One was shitty :/

  • -Saba-
    Date: 10/27/2011 10:18:45 PM-Saba-

    You are rock SRK...!!
    just ignore critics..!!
    You n your movie just best

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