Disclaimer : I am a huge Shah Rukh Khan fan. He is GOD. PERIOD! It’s very difficult for a devout fan like me to critique a Shah Rukh film. First, because I don’t know any thing about film making. Second, I unapologetically and hopelessly find something positive in whatever he does. But I am also NOT one of those fans who feel the film shouldn’t be bashed because everyone has worked so hard for the film because EVERY ACTOR works hard for his/her film. I am NOT one of those elitist & snooty self styled critics who think bashing every Hindi film is “cool”. Neither I have the courage nor do I have the talent to make a film. So let’s NOT call it a review!
It’s an old saying that ‘Excess of any thing is bad’ and this is exactly the issue with RA.ONE. The film with it’s aggressive marketing campaigns promised TOO MUCH & this is where it fell. The film promised to go beyond where Krrish & Robot went and it does go! When you talk about the special effects, VFX & stunts RA.ONE probably offers the best any Indian movie has ever seen. But it is the shoddy writing that lets it down and doesn’t allow the film to pick up at any point. The story is so weak that one makes you wonder why Shah Rukh even agreed to do this film. The film could have been much better & would have taken Indian Cinema to a different level altogether had the writers kept their thinking hats on their heads and wouldn’t have taken the audience for granted.
The jokes, comic scenes are crass, vulgar & cheap and to top it they are NOT funny at all. Like three girls in the game are named – Uski Lee, Chus Lee, Sabki Lee or the scene in which a gay airport security guard is turned on by G.One’s body piercings. I felt like banging my head! And if this was not enough you have the stereotypical homophobic & racist jokes which are the final nail in the coffin. Shah Rukh promised a family movie but you don’t understand how exactly all the boobi, condom & crotch talk really fits the bill. Shah Rukh never did this. And as a fan I am annoyed! Then you have the much talked about cameo of Rajinikanth which makes you feel the desperation with which the makers wanted the film to work that they introduced a STUPID & USELESS cameo. Or the blooper where Shekhar is given a Christian funeral but the very next scene shows Kareena with a ‘Kalash’ near some river. Are we *that* stupid?
The film also tries too hard to make the audiences believe that it’s a film which deals with scientific realism & great amount of intellect is involved. But sorry Anubhav Sinha just because you use nonsensical words like H.A.R.T (Hertz Amplifying Resonance Transmitter) or Random Access it doesn’t mean you have made a SCI-FI film . There is NO science in the film. Also, the pace isn’t fast enough for a super-hero action flick. There are only 3-4 sequences which make you sit up & notice the amount of effort put in. And I blame it entirely on the director. Anubhav Sinha such a waste you are!
If RA.ONE is watchable despite it’s flaws it is because of Shah Rukh Khan. The extravaganza belongs to Shah Rukh Khan. His performance as Shekhar & G.ONE stands out and the hard work is visible on screen. His sheer presence and energy makes you forget everything else. And with every fight of his came whistles & claps! Shah Rukh as Shekhar might be caricaturish but charming. And he is equally convincing as the robot/video game character G.ONE. His charm overrules anything & everything!
We are OKAY with Spiderman climbing buildings effortlessly & Superman wearing his underwear over his tights. We are OKAY when the pretentious & self proclaimed intellectual Aamir Khan bashes up ten goons , suffering a memory loss. We are OKAY when Salman Khan does the most awful & sad films. But we have problem with the fight between G.ONE & RA.ONE where cars fly around them. Why this holier than thou attitude with Shah Rukh?
FACT is that Shah Rukh could dream. And he was able to make it real. So what if it was flawed? He ventured into something where no body else did. He could have done another rom com at a lesser budget with a guarantee that it will work but he chose to follow his dream of making the first Indian Super hero film. He tried to raise the level of film making in India & to an extent he succeeded. And Shah Rukh like your film says “Haan Farishtey Hote Hain” Thou are one who got the world talk about India & it’s technological advances .
And I end this post by quoting Pratim D Gupta ~
“Don’t lose heart King Khan. At least you still dream. Hope some day others will join you… and Bollywood will be as one.”