The Ra.One Phenomenon!

Directed by: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma

This review has been a long time coming. I’ve been meaning to share my thoughts on the music and marketing campaign for the movie but decided to wait on the final result, the movie itself, to give my two cents. What a Diwali! Ra.One definitely set off fireworks across the globe this year! My first thoughts: Creative Marketing, Expensive props, Amazing results!

It is the mark of a great actor that can put everything at stake to venture into the unknown and show versatility. SRK once again goes above and beyond the realms of Indian Cinema and introduces the country to cutting edge technology for the first time in the history of Indian Cinema. His most ambitious project to date.

A creatively and extensively marketed film like Ra. One needs no introduction so I will cut to the chase. Once SRK loses the “curly locks of Shekhar”, he comes back on screen as the super hero that he is and shines through. G.One indeed steals the show once he is brought into the real world to fight off Ra.One (Arjun Rampal). Arjun Rampal looks menacingly evil and his look as Ra.One was well worth the wait. The only fallback here is the short screen time and you would anticipate his entry much earlier in the movie and not post-interval. The film is super glossy and visually appealing. Some memorable scenes from the movie include the car chase sequence across London, the fight between Ra.One and G.One at London’s Battersea power station, and the crumbling of Victoria Terminus station in Mumbai. Besides the action, there are some interesting laugh-out-loud moments through the film and colorful dance numbers like Chammak Challo and Criminal.

Of all movies seen this year, Ra.One, albeit it had more focus on screen rather than screenplay, definitely packs a punch visually. It is a challenging concept for an actor that is tagged for the lovers’ role to transition to a super hero image and SRK hits the mark. Credit has to be given where it’s due! This may not sit well with fans of the “other Khans” but lets see them attempt to do something out of the box and put everything at stake.

The music in the film screams “Vishal-Shekhar” and AKON. Chammak Challo – The song that took the world by a storm is an entity in and of itself. The song is in multiple versions including a Punjabi and an international version. I haven’t even heard them yet because the original is so good, I never felt the need to listen to the others.

Next you have Dildara in the amazing voice of Shafaqat Amanat Ali. It’s a classic Bollywood love song and with the addition of “Stand By Me”, the track takes on a whole new identity. If you haven’t had enough of the dance track Chammak Challo, then listen to Criminal where Akon lends his voice alongside Vishal Dadlani’s. The duo create magic with this track!

The less heard of tracks include Bhare Naina, Raftaarein, Right by your side, and Jiya Mora Ghabraaye. Bhare Naina is a fusion track and the voice of  Nandini Srikar compliments the composition. It has a soft rock feeling to it. One of my favorites! Raftaarein has Vishal Dadlani written all over it and it’s more like the theme for the superhero considering the timing of the track in the movie. The other track is G.One promising to be “Right by your side”. It’s a simple, contemporary tune with a western feel. Jiya is a Sukhwinder, Vishal combo track that highlights the element of “The Chase”. An interesting composition.

I applaud SRK for trying new things. First MNIK and now Ra.One. You only fail if you don’t try and the Box Office numbers prove that the movie has been an immense success. Good or bad, the world is talking about King Khan. Mission accomplished.

“He’s ON”

The Verdict: ****/5

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One thought on “The Ra.One Phenomenon!

  1. SRK is the badshah of bollywood and box office..and no one can chage that..while other khans remake already hit south movies in hindi and make money..on the contrary, SRK took risk, made a different movie Ra.One and also released in tamil/telugu and made it successful everywhere!

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