I went to watch Ra One yesterday, and the movie really disappointed me. The promos and marketing was so extensive, it was touted as one of the most expensive movies ever made in Bollywood. I went in with really high expectations. I appreciate the effort by Shah Rukh Khan to go beyond his typical role, and enter the realm of science fiction. But a huge problem with science fiction in Bollywood-too unreal and no plot!
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Ramphal, Armaan Verma
Directed by: Anubhav Sinha
Review: The first weakness of the movie is the lack of a strong story plot. As a nerdy Tamilian Shekhar Subramaniam, Shah Rukh Khan was utterly cringe worthy, reaching for every stereotype about Tamilians like eating noodles with curd using hands. I am sure the director assumed it would be funny, but such humor is really not funny. His wife Sonia, played by Kareena Kapoor is working on a thesis on re-coining swear words. The only adorable part of the first half, is their son Prateek, who is embarrassed by his father’s antics and dreams of his dad being a hero. In order to fulfill his son’s wishes, Shekhar designs a game with the ultimate super villian-Ra-One (Ravan) and a hero G-One who looks a lot like himself! Its Artificial Intelligence meets Terminator, where the villain can change form and learn more moves. After Prateek beats Ra-One and has to leave the game mid-way, the blood thirsty villain follows him to finish the game. The movie’s second half is full of Matrix-style fight sequences, cat and mouse chases leading to the ultimate fight between good and evil.
Ultimate super villian- Arjun Ramphal. He looks incredibly hot,although his role is very superficial
Prateek- The adorable kid Armaan Verma is endearing and touches your heart with his sincerity
Kareena looks incredible in all her scenes
Dialogues- The story is full of crass and vulgar jokes, even though the market is targeted for a younger audience
Screenplay- The story is weak and inconsistent, it starts off with a long tacky dream sequence with cameos by Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt. Some scenes are unbelievable, like G-one trying to understand about Karva Chauth and God.
The sci-fi scenes looked far-fetched, especially the Matrix style sequences
Shah Rukh Khan looks all over the place. It is hard to watch him act as a nerdy Tamilian.
I have always enjoyed watching Shah Rukh Khan movies, but this movie fails in so many places. I wasn’t a fan of Robot (which is remarkably similar), but the cameo by Rajnikanth as Chitti reminds you of how sci-fi movies should really be done.