Science Fiction is too huge a term for Ra One. ‘Masala flick with SRK throwing cars and sizzling Kareena also there’ does more justice to its genre. Ra One amongst everything, got a basic right. The villain is important and the hero is the villian’s by product. Better the villain, better the hero gets, this fundamental concept makes super hero movies good entertainers. Sadly this is the only thing Ra One gets right and that too, in theory. The movie is not worth the publicity overkill.
I went to the movie making sure I wasn’t biased. I didn’t read any review, I ignored the hamming SRK’s earlier torture devices in the name of movies. With a clean state of mind I stepped in the theatre and came out with confused thoughts…as in “What just happened?”
Ra One is not even for kids. If movies like Krish and RaOne succeed then something’s horribly wrong with the kids these days. Ra One looks good, that is true but then, that’s the only thing about it. It ends up looking good only. Good looking actors, glitzy songs, some nice special effects and you have a film that doesn’t really want to be something else.
The director reminds me of a dialogue from Kaizad Gustaad’s Bombay Boys where Naseerudin Shah a gangster turned producer forces a random person to direct his movie “That’s all you need to direct a movie, one loudspeaker. Now, C’mon direct”. Anubhav Sinha is the same director who made Dus(read: a poor attempt at Usual Suspects) and of course Cash(read: disaster of the new millenium), and he has not evolved. Arjun Rampal stands testimony to the fact that model turned actors are better models than actors. Kareena kapoor has to look good, shriek some, look good again and shriek some more. Then comes G.One who can dance, romance and can hold his end in a fight. Not worth it.
The story is pretty much up for grabs. The trailer gave it all away. The direction is not compact, with attempts at pleasing hardcore SRK fans thrown in. Acting is lacklustre, no one has any scope to bring anything substantial to their roles. The music is over hyped and doesn’t really impress. Ra One was a disappointment being made and now it has released.
Indian audience is yet to see a proper superhero movie, the last close and good attempt being Singham…Of course!