Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Banner: Red Chillies Entertainment and Eros International
Producer: Gauri Khan
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Arman Verma, Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor
Finally the wait is over, Shah Rukh Khan’s most ambitious project till date ‘Ra.One’ releases today with much oomph. This is the flick, the whole Hindi cinema industry can be proud of. This is the film, which truly is laced with all the ingredients of an international level project. Khan’s Ra.One is without any single doubt is a big magnum opus that would be remembered forever. The film will have its mention with bold characters in Indian cinema’s history.
A sci-fi flick Ra.One, from the very beginning, bowls the blood of the viewers in their veins getting them glued to the screens from the opening reels till the end. Not only it educates the viewers but also entertains and praises the Indian culture. One thing is quite predictable that from the very outset, the viewer knows that the crux of the movie revolves about how good overcomes the evil – good versus bad (which is often seen in the films).
Ra.One is about the virtual world of today’s young generation who is crazy about the technological advancements and video games.
Prateik (Armaan Verma) is the one guy who considers that the villain in a hero actually because he does not follow the rules – what he knows is a victory that comes from whatsoever way.
Shekhar Subramanium (Shah Rukh Khan) is the ham-fisted, nerdy game developer is the father of Prateik. Shekhar loves his son and always quotes him Mahatma Gandhi and the things like. The son does not impress by the quotes at all and reveals the generation and cultural gap between both of them.
Shekhar is quite disheartened for the damaged relation between him and son. He develops an indomitable Random Access One (Ra.One), which specialty is that it can take any form. He did so to please the son. He is not utterly convinced with his own creation thus he also goes for developing Good One (G.One) who may kill Ra.One if needs be.
The son gets much excited seeing the father’s creation. Prateik starts playing Ra.One using a screen name Lucifer. He manages to cross the level two of the game by provoking Ra.One. Shekhar and his team do not know that Ra.One can come out in the real world. Ra.One steps in the real world to kill Lucifer being a threat to Prateik’s life.
The concept of the games’ characters coming out into the real world has been taken from Hollywood flicks. Ra.One is out and out Shah Rukh Khan’s film.
The way he enacts the characters of Shekhar, Ra.One and G.One simply entice the souls.
Khan is the superhero of the movie. Apart from the marvelous and classically done acting of Shah Rukh Khan and his screen persona, the script is the life of the film written very skillfully and persuasively by the minds of Anubhav Sinha, Kanika Dhillon, Mushtaq Sheikh and David Benullo. Kanika and Niranjan Iyengar pen the dialogues dexterously.
The special appearances of Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra and Rajnikanth add values to the flick.
Shah Rukh Khan delivers his talents and mammoth experience of acting in this outing. His fan following will become double after this flick’s release. He is really a big superstar and that he shows in this venture. Kareena Kapoor is a big delight to watch. ArmanVerma is brilliant. Arjun Rampal does the job with finesse. Rest of the cast fits the bill.
The direction by Anubhav Sinha is splendid and creatively done. He executes the movie in such a manner that puts the viewers to the edge of their seats from the beginning till the end.
The music is a big success also. Chammak Challo has been making bigger waves already among the movie buffs. Vishal-Shekhar impresses with their composition. Sanjay Sharma’s editing is masterpiece.
Visual effects are no less a Hollywood flick. They grab the attention.
On the whole, Ro.One is a big entertainer. The film has a look, class and soul. It will break all the previous records of the movie business. A big blockbuster, Ra.One is a sure success in India and across the world.