'Ra.One' Raises the Bar for Hindi Films
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'Ra.One' Raises the Bar for Hindi Films

Friday, 28 October 2011, 12:05 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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Film: "Ra.One"; Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami; Director: Anubhav Sinha; Rating: ***1/2

Here's a movie the Hindi film industry can be proud of. "Ra.One" can be touted as the first Hindi film that blends the elegance of Hollywood with Indian sensibilities.

From the very onset, this classy sci-fi film sets the viewers' adrenalin soaring. It also educates, entertains and eulogises our culture. And, very predictably, from the very beginning you know that the crux of the film is about how good triumphs over evil.

"Ra.One" dwells into the virtual world of today's youngsters who are hooked on to technology and video games. Prateik (Armaan Verma) is one of them. For him the villain is the hero simply because he does not play by the rules. It's winning, by hook or by crook, that matters to him.

Shekhar Subramanium (Shah Rukh Khan), the clumsy, nerdy game developer father of Prateik, lovingly tries convincing his son with, "Allow me to quote...." and quotes Mahatma Gandhi and such like. The youngster is unimpressed, thereby revealing the generation and cultural gap between the two of them.

Disheartened by the strain in the father-son relationship, Shekhar develops the invincible Random Access One (Ra.One), who can take any form, to please his son. Still not fully convinced with his own creation, as a standby he also develops Good One (G- One), who could exterminate Ra.One if need be.

Excited with his father's creation, Prateik plays Ra.One with a screen name, Lucifer. He manages to cross level two of the video game, thereby antagonising "Ra.One". Unknown to Shekhar and his team, Ra.One steps out of the game into their real world to eliminate Lucifer, thereby threatening Prateik's life.

This concept of the characters sliding from the virtual world into the real world seems to have been inspired from the Hollywood film, "The Purple Rose of Cairo".

"Ra.One" is an outright Shah Rukh Khan film.

The way Shah Rukh gracefully slips into the roles of Shekhar, Ra.One and G-One, leaving no room for confusion, is remarkable. He is the superhero of the film. That's because the script was skillfully and convincingly put together by Anubhav Sinha, Kanika Dhillon, Mushtaq Sheikh and David Benullo. The dialogues by Kanika and Niranjan Iyengar are good in parts.

The little gimmicks by Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra and Rajnikant add to the lighter moments of the film but take the story nowhere.

Shahana Goswami as the employee at the electronic company and Arjun Rampal as Ra.One look fine for the roles they play but have very little to deliver. Armaan as Pratiek is impressive. The outfits of Ra.One and G-One designed by Robert Kurtzman and the bright production design are worth a mention.

Vishal-Shekhar's music and the background score along with the awesome stunts and thrilling chases are electrifying. The film would not have been what it is if it was not for Resul Pookutty's sound design, Sanjay Sharma's editing and for the visual and special effects team.

With all the minor blemishes, this movie is still worth seeing at least once.

This high energetic film is loaded with antics, animation and action. With many thrilling sequences mounted with grandeur, it gives you the feel of a live video game. It is probably one of the classiest movies seen in the Hindi film industry and a feather in Anubhav's hat.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(6)
1: I think Shahrukh first made this film for himself and later he thought now lets sell it. personal satisfaction and consumers satisfaction are two different things.
Posted by:Manoj - 15 Nov, 2011
2: gajendra you certainly can't speak well so I'm guessing you don't understand english either...ra.one is great...it does raise the bar for indian cinema.
Posted by:rhea - 07 Nov, 2011
3: I think this is an amazing movie - Ra.One. And SRK proved that he is the finest actors of the industry. If we can shout after seeing Terminator Series or Spider man. Even we can waste a whole night before relishing Harry Potters then we should be proud to see this movie as well. Although am not a big fan of SRK , I wont like the dramatic movies of Sharukh Khan. But there I think we are going to get a new hero Aryan along with Shahrukh. Wao he is the best. My all wishes with you my little Prince. All the Best.
Posted by:Srija - 06 Nov, 2011
Posted by:gajendra - 31 Oct, 2011
5: The writer of this article is either bribed or a Mad fan of Shahrukh Khan... This movie is Kachra... Krish was 10 times better than this... People dont waste ur money... even if u want to.. at least see it in normal screen... coz 3D Effects are hardly effectlive...
Posted by:Jayshree - 30 Oct, 2011
One of most stupid lavish movie in the hisotry of Indian cinema. Like the movie,the writer of this article is absolute waste.
Jaideep Replied to: Jayshree - 01 Nov, 2011