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The Ra.one Movie Review

Ra.One is an awesome 3D spectacle!
By Naresh Kumar Deoshi
Rating: 3.5/5

The ApunKaChoice movie review of Ra.One.
To watch Ra.One in 2D would be like blasphemy on a holyday. Watched in 3D, the film offers an awesome visual spectacle unseen so far in any Hindi film. Kudos to Shahrukh Khan and the Ra.One team for raising the bar. So what makes Ra.One in 3D a film not to be missed? All the dope dished out ahead.

For ages now, the VFX (visual effects) in Indian cinema has teetered precariously on an edge between tacky execution and suicidal budgets. We’ve seen superheroes, albeit scarce, defy gravity and lap up levity without us failing to imagine or even ‘see’ the morphed-out cables and harnesses that got the job done. It’s taken a Shahrukh Khan, a star with deep pockets and insane ambition, to break the barrier and provide the much awaited rite of passage for the VFX to come of age on Indian screen.

Ra.One, in that sense, is a triumph even though it doesn’t have one helluva story to elicit adulation for the writers. The story, in fact, is quite childish. A video game super-villain is piqued after having lost the maiden battle to a kid (Armaan Verma). So to exact revenge, he acquires a life of his own and steps from the virtual world to the real one to kill the kid, who happens to be the son of the creator of the video game Shekhar Subramaniam (Shahrukh Khan). Even as this villain Ra.One (Arjun Rampal) wreaks havoc and assumes different guises to kill the boy, the superhero G.One (Shahrukh Khan), made in the creator’s likeness, comes to the rescue of the kid and his mom (Kareena Kapoor).

Anubhav Sinha (he of the ‘Cash’ monstrosity) isn’t exactly the kind of director who will have you jumping with excitement, but save for a few botches he all but pulls off a coup with his deft execution of the wafer-thin plot. And a part of the credit goes to the cinematographers V. Manikandan and Nicola Pecorini and the stunts directors Andy Gill and Spiro Razatos.

Some sequences just knock the breath out of your lungs. The chase on the streets of London followed by the entry of G.One and the spectacle of cars being blown into the air. Or the train sequence where G.One hops from coach to coach, runs lateral, and somersaults backwards like a simian on ‘speed’. The climax battle between Ra.One and G.One, though, is a bit of a letdown, but by then you are already blitzed by a visual extravaganza of the most jaw-dropping quality (for any Indian film) to even care. My favourite VFX is the sequence where Bombay Central Train Station crumbles to smithereens.

Oscar winning Resul Pookutty’s sound design is darn good and the songs are a fun to watch.

It’s Shahrukh Khan who walks away with claps and kisses, playing the twin characters of the south Indian geek Shekhar and the unemotive G.One. He is funny, uptight, wacky, self deprecatory, obnoxious, and verily believable as a superhero. Kareena Kapoor turns the tables on men as she mouths inventive expletives damning the close male relations like tau and chacha. Nothing exceptional is demanded of her and she doesn’t try too hard to stand out. And yes, it’s at last good to see some flesh on her. Arjun Rampal doesn’t exude the menace of a super-villain. The sight of a hooded Ra.One strutting against the backdrop of his mythological namesake doesn’t exactly send a shiver down your spine. Shahana Goswami doesn’t have much to do and how one wishes that the child actor Armaan Verma had made a visit to the barber before shooting Ra.One.

All said, Ra.One is far from being a perfect sci-fi thriller. And yes, I know that the Shahrukh haters (and they are not few) have already got their sabres sharpened for the sadistic slaughter of the film. And though I am not a fawning fan of the superstar either, it is his flight of fancy, his guts to venture where others fear to tread, his sheer passion that make me hibernate the cynic and nitpicker in me for once and appreciate the film for what it is: A LABOUR OF LOVE.

Ra.One in 3D is a Diwali treat. Go, have a blast.

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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