An incredibly bad movie Ra.One has turned out to be. Made with an estimated cost of Rs. 150 crore –this patched rug of a movie was being promoted as a great superhero flick from Bollywood. But all it does is to cut a sorry figure.
I know the movie has already drawn flack from most of the reviewers and critics but, as you might know, I am not in a habit of watching movies as soon as it gets released. So, my reaction comes, as and when I get to watch the movie. Last night, I could not curb my curiosity about all the hype created around Ra.One. So, I began to watch a cheap CD of the movie. By the end of the movie (yes! I survived it till the end) I was happy that I watched a cheap CD. The movie is not worth a dime.
Ra.One begins with a very confusing sequence of a lady doing some stupid presentation inside a conference room. And then suddenly, out of the blue, without any context, it shows Shahrukh Khan riding a mobike and calling himself Lucifer. Class of the movie becomes apparent when “three friends of Bruce Lee” are introduced as “Iski Lee”, “Uski Lee” and “Sabki Lee”. God knows who might have found these names funny! The director served such cheap humor at a cost of Rs. 150 crore! This could have been done in any “movie” made in any mohalla of India.
The biggest weakness of the movie is its loose script. In fact, I wonder if at all there is a script this film was based on? SRK’s speaking “aiyyo” and eating noodles with yogurt makes a very poor show of a south Indian scientist. He actually never acted like a top-notch computer scientist who could create such an advanced video game that its characters were capable of stepping out in the real world. SRK failed to do justice to his roles as Shekhar Subramanian and as G.One.
Kareena Kapoor has no practical or sensible role in the movie. She is beautiful so no surprise she dazzles you –but her role has no logical place –or let’s say the script spoiled it thoroughly. Arjun Rampal looks good as Ra.One but there is nothing villainous about his role. Not for a second you feel that he is a real threat to G.One, or to anyone else for that matter, in the movie. Ra.One’s character is very unconvincing as a villain.
Much talked about bodysuits of Ra.One and G.One also appeared so-so in the movie. Superhero suites of Spiderman, Superman and Batman are simpler but much smarter. Visual effects in Ra.One are good but sequences are all copied. If you have watched enough movies –you can point to the origin movie of almost all action sequences in Ra.One. Action sequences were far better in Robot, starring Rajinikanth.
SRK managed to get cameos from Rajinikath, Amitabh Bachchan (voice-over), Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra. However, I am convinced that these cameos harmed the film the most. There are too many cameos and that too unskillfully used. SRK and the director of Ra.One have made the entire movie like a boiling pot in which they tossed whatever they could get hold off. The film is not a feature film –it’s more like a tamasha.
SRK invested Rs. 150 crore in the movie. He not only recovered the cost but also made a decent profit. However, if he is someone with good cinematic sense, I am sure he would know that the movie is nowhere near to be a masterpiece that he had promised.