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Ra.One: Shah Rukh Khan has another winner

Read the first review of Shah Rukh Khan's blockbuster RA.One. Warning : contains spoilers!

  • By Manjari Saxena, Deputy Editor, tabloid! on Saturday
  • Published: 01:11 October 25, 2011

Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor
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  • Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor dance with children of Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre during a charity auction event in Dubai on Monday.
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Shah Rukh Khan has another winner on his hands with Ra.One.

tabloid! was at the Grand Cineplex  last night to watch and review the film.

The movie started a good hour-and-a-half later than the scheduled time but the audience were willing to wait as SRK himself addressed them in each of the halls.

“I’m going to keep it short as the viewing is quite delayed. But would like to thank all my friends without whom this would not have been possible”.

Dream start

The movie begins with a funny dream sequence where the hero is going to save his girl from the evil Khalnayak (villain). Shekhar Subramaniam (Shah Rukh Khan) is a graphics specialist working for Barron Industries that makes video games and a man who loves his wife Sonia (Kareena Kapoor) and son Prateek (Armaan Verma).

Prateek however thinks his father is “not cool”, mistaking Shekhar’s sensibility for cowardice and lack of spunk. Though he believes it’s always good that wins in the end, to make Prateek happy, Shekhar decides to build a video game Random Access One aka Ra.One (a phonetic name similar to Raavan, the biggest villain in Hindu mythology) where the villain will be stronger than hero. However, just like Frankenstein, the Ra.One becomes a living source of evil who not only kills Shekhar and his colleague but wants Lucifer (Prateek’s login) who was the only one who could defeat him. And Shekhar is reborn as G.One, his digital image from the game to combat Ra.One.

Of course, like always, good reigns over evil and G.One and Prateek together beat Ra.One (reborn as Pi2) through digital warfare and intellect and instinct that artificial intelligence cannot gain.

Special effects

The movie’s special effects team has nicely packaged a typical Bollywood potboiler as a slick thriller, on the lines of Hollywood’s Matrix, X-Men and similar sci-fi films, under the supervision of Jeff Kleiser who has contributed to films such as Tron, Stargate, Judge Dredd and X-Men to name a few. Combined with crisp sound design by Slumdog Millionaire’s Oscar winning Rasool Pookutty, this kind of sci-fi thriller is new to the Indian
cinemagoer and will be highly appreciated, especially in 3D, which unfortunately we didn’t get to watch.

SRK turns screenplay writer with biographer Mushtaq Shaikh and Kanika Dhillon. The dialogue written by Dhillon and Niranjan Iyenger is punchy and funny at various times. The audience were also in splits when superstar Rajnikanth as Chitti and
Khalnayak Sanjay Dutt made their cameos on screen.

While Chhamak Chhalo Kapoor sizzled only in one scene, SRK held the film from the beginning, first as the geek then as the superhero. Little Verma was good as Prateek while Rampal always makes a good baddie.

In all, a fun movie to catch and will definitely run full house during the Diwali weekend – making it a very happy Diwali for Shah Rukh Khan.

Comments (28)

  1. Added 18:17 October 25, 2011

    Why are so many hate comments posted? When somebody's taking bollywood the the next level, Haters are first in line to criticize ! Shameful ! Its somebody's hardwork, learn to respect it, if u cant respect it, atleast dont disrespect it !

    Anil, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:16 October 25, 2011

    One sentence to describe the movie "Not lived upto the expectations it has created from its huge marketing exercises ". Thanks to the unique mktg activities , it might be financially succesful but cudnt win the hearts.The way the reviewis written,its is evident that the author himself doesnt have anything special to mention about and the same time doesn't want to portray it negatively and thus affecting the collection part. Understandably so. I appreciate SRK for his bold attempt , but sadly didnt offer anything to cherish about after the movie. Better luck for DON2.

    Milan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:47 October 25, 2011

    the movie is great...I had a great time watching it...worth a watch....SRK was superb....

    Sandy, Dubai, India

  4. Added 17:18 October 25, 2011

    hey actually you shldn't have given us this much of info... as u knw in india its nly gonna release 2mrw... mny pple lyk me came 2 read this wid the qstn whthr its wrth watchn... please nvr again write a review wid desemuch infos..

    Arjun , Thiruvananthapuram, India

  5. Added 17:04 October 25, 2011

    Biggest movie of the indian cinema.If your a movie lover than should not miss this.watched and enjoyed very much.

    adi, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:00 October 25, 2011


    Mohd, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:00 October 25, 2011

    WOW movie

    Mohd, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:57 October 25, 2011

    SRK means everybody wants to see him on screen how he acts on the screen, may be dont like the story of the movie because copied from western, but where in real life every individul copy the vestern style.. going to movies to is to see SRK is acting where in Hollywood we can not see. Still i have not seen movie but sure i will go and see to see how it has copied and good see SRK and others acting. Al the best SRK and team. keep entertaine us and make us happy with 3 hours in our busy life.

    Asif Ahmad , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:52 October 25, 2011

    The movie is a total entertainer .The first half is superb . SRK rocks!!!

    SANJU JOSE , DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:24 October 25, 2011

    Was there at the premiere and was cursing myself for being there. The stars came 1 and 1/2 hour late and the restless crowd was not well managed. As for the movie, the less said the better. Only saving grace are the visual effects and Kareena. The story is so lame and the flow is worse. Has a lot of unanswered questions and flaws in the story telling. I walked out of teh cinema after the interval so cannot say for the rest of it. First 45minutes was all I could withstand. The best part was the trailer for Don 2, Farhan Akhtar will do justice to SRKs talent so all the best. For this Ra.One, I am sure SRK would have recovered his cost prior to the release. Don''t expect any viewer awards though.

    Rashid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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