Slick special effects but ‘Ra.One’ falls short on superhero appeal

2011-10-31 00:00

WITH the release of Red Chillies’ Ra.One the media and commercial hype is finally over. Although he has made a mega-budget film with lots of slick special effects, director Anubhav Sinha, of Dus and Cash fame, does not deliver the creativity or panache that adult viewers can associate with superhero films.

Using superstar Rajinikanth’s Enthiran-The Robot as a yardstick for a sci-fi film, Ra.One falls short. But I must emphatically stress that it has broken new ground in terms of sophisticated special effects.

Goofy dad Shekhar Subramanien (Shah Rukh Khan) tries very hard to win the affection of his son, Pratiek aka Lucifer (Armaan Verma), by creating a video game in which the super villain Ra.One (Arjun Ramphal) goes up against a robotic hero G.One (Shah Rukh Khan). What starts off as a game spills over into reality as the super villain Ra.One is piqued after losing his maiden battle to a kid, Lucifer.

Happiness is short-lived for Shekhar when all hell breaks loose as Ra.One wreaks havoc and assumes different disguises to pursue Lucifer.

This is followed by the flying robot hero G.One coming to Earth to rescue Lucifer and his mom (Kareena Kapoor). Ra.One and G.One take to the battlefield in an emotionless fireball battle with designer suits.

Shah Rukh Khan is brilliant as Shekhar. As a robotic hero he may appeal to the kids, but I honestly felt his performance lacked substance — not anywhere near the charisma of super star Rajini’s performance as Chitti. Armaan Verma is brilliant and stands shoulder to shoulder with SRK in every frame.

Kareena Kapoor looks ravishing and is a delight to watch. Ajun Ramphal is not impressive as Ra.One; he just adds oomph to the star cast because of his great physique.

A two-minute cameo by super- star Rajini proves he is still a screen stealer.

Sinha’s Ra.One has slick special effects, stunning chases and action scenes, but lacks a strong storyline. I actually dozed off for a couple of minutes during the movie.

Ra.One is SRK’s labour of love for his kids and the movie will definitely strike a chord with the younger generation and a certain sector of the adult viewers, but not me. ***

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