Sunday, October 30, 2011

'Ra.One', a mad mix of 'Matrix' and 'Terminator' ahead of the times and the audiences

As a person who does not really much admire Shah Rukh Khan I have to concede that he dares to touch upon new themes in his productions. More than a decade ago he and Juhi Chawla made "Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani"which looked at media frenzy intertwined with national and individual tragedies. Now in his latest 'Ra.One', Shah Rukh Khan has taken up a sci-story with its melodramatic element of the clash between good and evil -- which is the true test of all great art through the centuries including Hollywood films -- and tells an uncompromisingly complicated story about video-games, and the characters in it walking out of the game and into the real world, which is a metaphysical issue of sorts. But director Anubhav Sinha and producer Shah Rukh Khan deal with the question as straightforwardly as they can. It is a difficult idea to grasp but they do not throw it away because of its difficulty.
The audiences would not perhaps grasp the sombre implications of one's mechanical creation getting out of hand and turn into a monster as Ra.One turns into in this film. It is simply fascinating. And the film boldly projects the good character. And he remains a sci-fi creature throughout. No compromises are made for the sake of making it an acceptable film to the majority of audience. This is the kind of risk that even art-house film directors do not take because they do not have the imaginative daring that producer Khan and director Sinha have shown.
The song sequences are excellent and Kareena Kapoor romancing the sci-fi character has something touching about it, and so is the fact that the little boy gets to love this imagined creature. Of course, the mother and daughter in 'Terminator' get to like the robot. But this has been done for the first time in a popular Hindi film.
The fight scenes are all copied from the 'Matrix' films. But there is enough excitement about the fight scenes.
Here is a movie worth seeing more than once. It offers sheer visual delight. Shahana Goswami, Arjun Rampal and Dilip Tahil have given some excellent performances. Shah Rukh Khan is reasonably acceptable despite his irritating Delhiwallah mannerism. Kareena Kapoor displays a convincing screen presence.

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