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Ra.One  : Worth just 1 look
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Science fiction adventure
Anubhav Sinha
Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Master Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami, Suresh Menon
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Robot meets Krrish with an extravagant helping of special effects.

The plot: His dad’s no dude and villains are cool, for young gaming enthusiast Prateek (Armaan Verma). When his father Shekhar Subramaniam (Shah Rukh Khan) heads a team that programmes a new game in the market where villain RA.

One (Arjun Rampal) is near-invincible until G.One defeats him in the final round, the bad guy is so well constructed that he steps out into the real world. His target to destroy: Prateek himself and it’s up to his dad in G.One avatar to prove to his son that good must ultimately triumph over evil.

The good: It is spectacular and without a doubt a step up for India in its smashing special effects. It’s just the right film to watch in 3D for a grand visual experience. A full-on family entertainer (ideal for the holiday season) it will engross all gaming freaks, not just kids.

There are bits of humour (the typical SRK brand), an attempt at drama and plenty of technical finesse. Performances by Shah Rukh, Kareena and Armaan are in top order, Kareena’s clothes (by Manish Malhotra) are stylishly sensuousand Chamak challo (music: Vishal-Shekhar) is already a chartbuster. Arjun Rampal’s look is impressive.

The bad: Two huge drawbacks: one, will the very premise be understood by a large and wide audience? Those who are tuned into the virtual world and international cinema would have already seen a similar display of astounding special affects several times over and far superior super heroes too.

The film starts off feebly with the caricature of the South Indian that is infrequently cute. And what’s with that weird curly wig please? The opening scene with the kid dreaming is ridiculous and avoidable. The plot picks up speed and wakes you up like a bucket of cold water splashed over somnolent eyes once the virtual villain starts stalking the real world. But in the second half, it does drag on quite a bit. It’s more awesome special effects than well-plotted content.

Overall: In the festive season, good destroying evil is always a good theme to pick. If you like special effects and gaming, this one’s for you. Watch it to see India’s technical progress, particularly her rapid strides in special effects. You just might enjoy the experience if you go in leaving the hype behind.

Special appearances: Sanjay Dutt as the khalnayak; Priyanka Chopra as the damsel in distress

- Pooja Thakkar

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