Ra.One Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:37:56.0530000 IST


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RANDOM ACCESS: VERSION ONE (RA.ONE) loaded?! Super-hero is back again in the living space of Bollywood's dream world and so do the magic of sci-fi thriller in this year's most awaited thriller titled RA.ONE. After the amazing success of Rakesh Roshan's super-hit super-hero flick KRRISH (2006), this Shahrukh Khan techno-friendly magnum opus is the second in this league with a dazzling international cinematic look. Anubhav Sinha, the techno-whiz directorial talent who has stylish thrillers like DUS and CASH to his credits, apart from the melodious hit TUM BIN, directs this super-hero action extravaganza. Vishal-Shekhar, a reliable composer duo and also a favorite with both SRK and Anubhav Sinha, are the musical minds behind the show. It's already a showstopper in the arena with Senegalese American singer, Akon, leading it from the front with a host of talented singers and musicians supporting it. Fuelled heavily with 15 soundtracks, this one promises big entertainment for its D-DAY. Can the music of RA.ONE will be THE ONE musical album that we all are waiting for? Let's land into the comic-book fiction world of RA.ONE and find its musical facts...

"Smack that"?Bollywood ishtyle! Akon's magnanimous persona and unique style of singing makes the first major ballistic concoction with Bollywood's masti-bhara-sangeet via the hugely promoted "Chammak Challo". Belligerently funky to the core, it has snazzy Akon's nasal buzzing singing out crazy Hindi one-liners with aggressively punched arrangements. Vishal-Shekhar's versatility, varying with genres and instrumental beats, regales and mixes many moods and tempos in Akon's voice that finally interacts with Hamsika Iyer's sultry vocals. Besides infectious catchy signature tuneful beats and Akon's peppy singing, its Hamsika's enthused singing that allures and adds to the grandiose of the situation. Pompously choreographed and superhyped in the promos, V-S give it a ubiquitously frolicsome feel and pitch out as much as four remix versions for this hip-shaking dancing bonanza. "Chammak Challo (Punjabi Mix)" mixes Akon's full-spirited voice with the ethnical bhangra tuneful zest in synchronized drumming patterns with added disco-beat fillers and makes this even spicier. A thrilling listening feast for all Punjabi music lovers.

Akon's supremacy rules again and expectations soar higher as one plugs to the next version titled "Chammak Challo (club mix)". It's a contemporary Bollywood's DJ style "club remix" version that is fuelled high with beat-juggles and DJ spins and scratches placed intermittently in the track to create commotion on floors. "Chammak Challo (international mix)" is vivacious, playful and comes in Akon's solo singing version and sounds almost similar to the original version. "Chammak Challo (remix)" is a typical jiving-thriving dancing feasting number, a version that has crazy "turntablism" mixed well with tuneful beats of the original version. V-S deliver out one of the biggest anthems of this year and to complement well it prospers in all its versions, overall a paisa-vasool show that should work on big screen. Chartbuster!!!

That's what we call Inspiration! Legendary Ben E King's immortal melody "Stand by Me" had almost 400 versions to his credit, which primarily includes ones by John Lennon, Jimmi Hendrix and Elton John. This time SRK gets it legally with similar inspirational lyrics (written Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller and Ben E King) as back-up lyrics and produces out a gem of mellifluous listening delight in "Dildara (stand by me)". V-S experiments it brilliantly with Gospel music (a Christian country music genre) and influences well with fine balance of trance, R& B and soul for its soulful impact with extra dosages of Sufi rock in its latter stages. Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, a magical voice behind "Mitwa" (KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA) and "Tere Naina" (MY NAME IS KHAN) and also SRK favorite for solo tracks, delivers out fabulously in his classically refined vocals. The well nurtured and rendered impressive alaaps in the middle interludes from prolific back-up vocals of Clinton Cerejo, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravijani are added delights that add to the listening charm. It's all-together a unique soulful listening experience as genres are mixed well in proportion to deliver out another super- hit from the album. Shafqat's well etched voice promises another big hit and so do Kumaar's Urdu's one-word for 'beloved' (Mehrama, Rehbara, Rehnuma) that gives it a poetic finesse. Overall a delightful romantic experience and a flourishing success for the entire musical team. Melodious!!!



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It?s only after the interval that the plot meanders a bit, loses it sting and almost falls apart like a pixealised image, before Arjun lights up the screen.

As G One, in the initial scenes, SRK is spot on but fails to maintain his robotic gait. This here, I would say is the fault of the digital team. But the RA One (Tom Wu) who mesmerizes initially is almost ?Terminator? Shwarzenegger-like in his finesse. He brings an icy-cool, steel like momentum to his body language.

Quick notes: 

- Chitti (Rajnikant) making an appearance is a wasted gimmick which was not needed. G One was doing the job of keeping the baddies at bay. 
- What could also not be fathomed is how both the robots take the flight out to India from the UK where the film originates. Security in today?s day and age is at an all-time high! 
- G One coming back to life after the completion of his job is a definite disaster. With this move, you don?t send the audience away with anything to talk about. 
- ?Condom Condom,? a dialogue mouthed by young Prateek in a children?s film too is questionable. 
- A thumbs-up to the digital scene where the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is show crumbling after a local train is taken over by RA ONE.

For teenagers, this should definitely be a delight.

Ratings : 3/5


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Three characters stand out in this movie. Ra One (Arjun Rampal), G One (Shahrukh Khan) and young Armaan Verma who plays Prateek Subramaniam. Kareena Kapoor for once is thrown into the background, so is SRK (Shekhar Subramanium) who gets his Tamil accent off-centre. The supporting cast would be the action team and the sound engineers led by Resul Pookutty. Jeff Kleiser, heading the visual effects team has packed in as much digital technology as can be to make this a visual treat of sorts for sci-fi freaks.

Anubhav Sinha may be credited with the direction, but if one looks closely, RA ONE has the SRK stamp. This is not to take away from Sinha, but most sequences would have been pieced together by Kleiser. I mean it's not a director's film, if you know what I mean.

SRK has used good gimmicks to get the novel idea off to a flying start. Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt and SRK as Lucifer engage in a deadly duel. It turns out, that Prateek (Armaan Verma), a sci-fi addict and computer games freak, is dreaming in the classroom. Prateek uses the code name Lucifer whenever he plays his games. His dad (Shekhar Subramanium) is an embarrassment of sorts for the 'Yo man' dude. Son feels that there should be a game where bad man wins. Father feels otherwise.

However, to impress his son, Senior Subramanium decides to create a game for him, which would also be a trump card for the company he works for. RA ONE is the bad robot, G One, the good one. Prateek is allowed to experiment with the game even before it's complete. As usual, he logs in as Lucifer and engages in a duel. Before you know it, RA ONE comes alive and is out to destroy Lucifer. Then begins the game of deadly robotic chase, which also sees G One being brought to life to annihilate the threat.

The first half is a visual delight. The plot moves slickly from one sequence to another gripping you in the wake of destruction that RA ONE brings along. WOW, is the first word you utter because it's flawless. Technologically, SRK has not left any stone unturned.




download RA.ONE wallpapers

download RA.ONE wallpapers

It?s only after the interval that the plot meanders a bit, loses it sting and almost falls apart like a pixealised image, before Arjun lights up the screen.

As G One, in the initial scenes, SRK is spot on but fails to maintain his robotic gait. This here, I would say is the fault of the digital team. But the RA One (Tom Wu) who mesmerizes initially is almost ?Terminator? Shwarzenegger-like in his finesse. He brings an icy-cool, steel like momentum to his body language.

Quick notes: 

- Chitti (Rajnikant) making an appearance is a wasted gimmick which was not needed. G One was doing the job of keeping the baddies at bay. 
- What could also not be fathomed is how both the robots take the flight out to India from the UK where the film originates. Security in today?s day and age is at an all-time high! 
- G One coming back to life after the completion of his job is a definite disaster. With this move, you don?t send the audience away with anything to talk about. 
- ?Condom Condom,? a dialogue mouthed by young Prateek in a children?s film too is questionable. 
- A thumbs-up to the digital scene where the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is show crumbling after a local train is taken over by RA ONE.

For teenagers, this should definitely be a delight.

Ratings : 3/5

Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma, Sanjay Dutt (Special appearance), Priyanka Chopra (Special appearance), Satish Shah, Dalip Tahil, Shahana Goswami, Suresh Menon, Tom Wu and Rajinikanth (Special appearance)
  • Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani, Niranjan Iyengar, Kumaar, Panchhi Jalonvi, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Anubhav Sinha
  • Director: Anubhav Sinha
  • Music Director: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
  • Release Date : 26 Oct 2011

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