Shahrukh Khan’s new film Ra.One is good enough for the Indian and NRI chutiyas who come merely upon hearing the name of a Khan or Rajinikant.
But for discerning souls like yours truly who have higher expectations, the Bollywood super-hero science fiction flick Ra.One is a failure of imagination.
One more in a long list of disappointing Bollywood films.
It’s a mighty shame that Indian film-makers who can’t even make simple movies have lately developed a restless itch on their cojones to put out super-hero movies.
Ah, the chutzpah!
First, there was Hrithik Roshan’s Krishh a few years back, then Rajinikant’s Enthiran last year and now we have Shahrukh’s Ra.One.
In a testament to the lack of imagination and originality, there’s virtually nothing in Ra.One that we haven’t seen before in Hollywood super-hero films or even Indian copycats like Enthiran.
Neither the ho-hum story nor the seen-it-all-before action scenes in Ra.One (story and direction by Anubhav Sinha) impressed us. Not one tiny bit.
Jumping on trains, running on walls, hurling cars, leaping in the air, stopping bullets and generally doing an Arnold Schwarzenegger is all so passe at best and tedious at worst without a gripping story to accompany the high octane activity.
Also, Ra.One is low on emotional quotient and fails to make a connection with the audience, at least the part of the viewers that doesn’t come merely at hearing the echo of Shahrukh’s name.
The story in its essence is about an angry super-villain Ra.One breaking out of the virtual world of a video game and entering into the real world in pursuit of a young boy Lucifer/Prateek (newcomer Armaan Verma), son of the game’s creator Shekhar Subramaniam (Shahrukh Khan).
Shekhar develops the new video game to curry favor with his young son, who thinks a super-villain would be cool.
No sooner is the game developed and launched then Ra.One, the villain gets into a rage over Lucifer/Prateek defeating him in the video game. To avenge the defeat, he intends to kill the young boy and follows him from London to Mumbai.
But how Ra.One jumps out of the virtual world into the real world is a big mystery that’s never made clear.
Pitted against super-villain Ra.One (Arjun Rampal among others) is the game’s super-hero G.One (Shahrukh Khan), who must thwart Ra.One’s evil designs and save the young boy.
Since most of our readers are Indians, we won’t get into the symbolism behind Ra.One and G.One.
As with most Indian movies, the unengaging story is the Achilles Heel of Ra.One too.
Besides failing to hold our interest, it’s also riddled with avoidable junk like the unnecessary fights (for instance, on landing at Mumbai airport), avoidable characters (Iyer, for example) and avoidable length aka poor editing.
Also, there was no necessity for the cameos involving Rajinikant, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra. They not only failed to add anything but subtracted from the movie.
Rajini’s presence was, of course, intended to draw the Tamil audience. Whether that obvious trick will work remains to be seen given two Tamil films 7Aum Arivu and Velayudham have also released this Diwali.
Performances – No Big Deal
Shahrukh’s performance, be it as the video games creator Shekhar or later as the super-hero G-One, does not stand out in any way but is merely adequate.
By Bollywood standards, Armaan Verma, the young boy who plays Lucifer/Prateek, the son of Shekhar/Sonia, does a fairly decent job. Of course, Armaan does not have the elan of Hollywood child stars like Chloë Grace Moretz, who played Hit-Girl in Kick Ass with great verve.
Cast in the role of Sonia, the wife and widow of Shekhar, Kareena Kapoor does what she does best in every Hindi film she features in lately – she does her best imitation of a cheap slut, flaunting her boobs, shaking her ass, displaying her legs and thighs and opening her mouth invitingly.
All of it as obscenely as possible.
In short, that Kareena thing does everything but act and irritates the bejesus out of us.
Despite a decade-long background in Bollywood movies, Kareena still can’t dance without appearing hopelessly crass in her moves.
It’s getting tiresome watching her repeat her vulgar, crude act in one Bollywood movie after another.
But since the bulk of Indian movie fans dig such trash we’ve no choice but to be prepared for more such wanton sights on the screen. 🙁
Arjun Rampal is stiff as ever and a pitifully poor choice for the super-villain.
Less than Average Music
Except for Akon’s Chamak Chalo, none of the other songs in Ra.One stood out.
As for the picturization, every song scene including Chamak Chalo with all those White girls dressed in itsy-bitsy green dresses was hideous.
Horrendously bad was the picturization for the ‘Criminal‘ song where everyone was just slapping or thrusting his/her buttock. 🙁
Given the enormous hype associated with Ra.One, we were mighty disappointed with the way the movie ultimately turned out.
We strongly recommend Indian film-makers learn to tackle simple stories before setting their sights on super-hero and science fiction themes.
SearchIndia.com does not recommend Ra.One.
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