No other Bollywood movie has generated as much buzz and pre-release hype as the SRK-starrer ZERO. An Aanand L. Rai directorial, the film has a stellar leading cast and a highly unique protagonist, all of whom come together to build excitement among fans the likes of which we’ve seldom seen before.
As ZERO finally released in theatres today, we got to see what all the hype is about, and boy was it worth it! Here’s why we fell in love with Bauua Singh and his universe, and why we think missing it is a cardinal sin…
1. Shah Rukh Khan’s flawless portrayal of Bauua Singh
We were wondering how Bollywood’s king of romance would pull off a Meerutiya dwarf. However, seeing him in this lovable new personality that perfectly mixes naughty with nice is a magical treat we couldn’t have imagined! The accent, the expressions, the vocabulary, and the chemistry – all had us floored from the very first scene!
2. Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma both deliver experimental performances flawlessly
Well, it’s not every day that you see two of India’s most beautiful actresses sharing the silver screen in polarised roles. Anushka Sharma’s performance as Aafia Yusufzai Bhinder, a brilliant, wheelchair-bound scientist, is a bold new step that she has taken with grace, aplomb, and that trademark quirky freshness that she brings oh-so-well to the table. Katrina Kaif has slayed in her role of Babita Kumari. Her depiction of a Bollywood starlet battling with personal issues is eye-opening. We’re not afraid to say that this is hands down her best performance ever!
3. The background score as well as the songs will give you goosebumps
When it comes to an epic saga like ZERO, the powerful acting performances need to be properly backed by an audio experience that drives home the emotion of drama. “Issaqbaazi”, “Mere Naam Tu”, and “Heer Badnaam” feature at perfectly placed milestones in the plot, with the first one cleverly working in some seamless dance cameos too! Songs apart, the background score hits highs and lows that left us wide-eyed with awe, and teary-eyed with emotion, right where Aanand L. Rai wants it!
4. The story graph takes you from the streets of Meerut to the scale of USA
If you’re unaware of the vibrant little town of Meerut located in Uttar Pradesh, you are certainly in for a treat. ZERO’s dynamic storyline plunges you deep into the congested streets of Meerut, before taking you to the gorgeous, pristine urban landscapes of USA.The Meerutiya lifestyle, the locals, and the culture that their world thrives on, is captured beautifully.
5. Bauua’s magical universe – literally!
Few Bollywood movies can boast being truly all-round entertainers, and ZERO sets a wonderful new benchmark in this regard. Protagonist Bauua Singh builds as much intrigue as excitement, with not just his character, but also what seem to be supernatural talents. This is a never-before-seen Aanand L. Rai universe in which the hero can interact with the sky, charm any woman he meets with his personality, and there’s a chimpanzee! This love story occurs in a Disney-esque setting, with imaginative possibilities that build up to a phenomenal conclusion.
6. Aanand L. Rai’s best movie yet
Over the last decade, we’ve had our ribs tickled and our heartstrings plucked watching Aanand L. Rai’s romantic comedies. He brings the same charismatic approach to ZERO, through a seamless flow of comedy, drama and romance, bound together by Himanshu Sharma’s tight script. He has intricately woven a variety of unique characters with compelling situations in breath-taking locations to create the magnificent world of ZERO. This is not a movie that can just be seen, it is a movie to be felt.
ZERO comes together through three spectacular elements: seasoned talent, boundless imagination, and an unconditional love for Bollywood and its fans. Three things coming together to create a blockbuster! The best part about it is that we are all invited!