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-Apoorv Sharma To make my stand clear,I m an ardent fan of SRK right from the days of Baazigar & Darr.(Many of you know it but if you don t,well I disclosed this information without you forwarding a RTI application!!).Nothing has shattered my faith in him in all these years .So,I ll try being neutral while writing this article but if you feel otherwise at any point of time while reading,I can t help it.Its the best I could put forth. Ra.one,SRK s most ambitious project(Magum opus) released this diwali.Recently,I ve been reading a lot of posts ridiculing SRK & his superhero adventure on FB & twitter.(Seems like for SRK, Face in Face book has been replaced by another infamous 4 alphabet word starting with F ).Its inappropriate to spell out anything before you actually see the film,hence I restrained till now. When I saw Ra.one,I was already low on enthusiasm as a lot of venom had already spread regarding this film. Needless to say,RA.ONE is ambitious but flawed.It attempts to jump but somewhere it falls.Now there is a difference between FALLS & FAILS .Certainly ,some people have blurred this line of distinction.In our attempt to criticize the flaws in Ra.one,we ve adopted an extreme approach bashing it from the word Go as if its worse than even the film with a nasal -singer turned actor in it who showed us autos plying in Germany!!Amazing!! Coming to the next share of criticism,the movie is a mixed bag of scenes from Hancock,transformers,matrix etc.That means the film lacks originality.Now the question I ask is that how many mint fresh movies have you seen recently that were successful ??(Singham(which is a good movie) is a south Indian remake,so are bodyguard & Force) Coming to another point by which I may invite the ire of many of you.Do you really think that we should really comment by comparison with Hancock,matrix etc because how many of us actually have rented a DVD or watched these movies shelling out bucks from our pockets?All what we ve done is that we ve burned our eyes waking up at 2a.m & downloaded these free of cost from ILLEGAL WEBSITES.So in a way our opinions are formed using sources which we accessed illegally & not those which consumed our resources.(Thanks to flawed IT laws) Anyways,getting away from this moral dilemma,another bashing that I ve heard is that VFX in Ra.one isn t as per Hollywood standards .But all those already enlightened gentlemen need to understand that a movie like Avatar or transformers costs more than Rs.1200 crore to produce while Ra.one is not more than Rs.135crore project.Somewhere,the effects quality have to be compromised.Still,the VFX is fantastic & doesn t appear tacky at all.! RA.ONE is all of a SRK show.So for whom did you go to watch RA.ONE?Arjun Rampal??(On a lighter note,you should thank SRK for reducing the sufferings inflicted upon us by Rampal s so-called acting.) Ra.one defies logic & seems like a video game is another thing I came across.First of all,the genre of super hero itself defies logic(what logic is there in Hulk?) & is nowhere close to reality.Its about leap of faith & Creative imagination.Sci-fi movies are already rare in India & credit must be given to Red chillies to bring out such genre to Indian cinema I a grad way. (Just as Aamir should be credited for producing a film like delhi belly). We find no issues watching VIDEO GAME type shot flicks like SCOTT PILGRIM v/s THE WORLD & D.O.A or perhaps DOOM & the grand daddy of all- THE MATRIX -Ah!because its Hollywood.!When SRK attempts something similar,arm twisting begins The video game/virtual world type ending is also tried in THE MATRIX-then why doesn t it feel absurd?.Moreover,when it comes to questioning of relevance of Hollywood superheroes,nobody feels they are irrelevant.Since SRK is ourDesi Superhero he just got smashed. Another fact that disheartens me is the double standards of an Indian viewer(sorry for the strong word).It seems like antiSRK campaigns ignite off in an instant & 7 KHOON MAAF seems to be the case for others.e.g.the copying of stunts in Ra.one from Hancock,transformers is highlighted in an instant but what about another movie with a big bollywood star whose shirt automatically rips off when he flexes his muscles(Sorry,I saw that in Hulk already) or another slow motion stunt directly lifted (frame by frame)from Robert Downey Jr. s SHERLOCK HOLMES In another recent blockbuster of his,this same guy doesn t even have the cell number of the girl he is supposed to protect from goons.How cute!!(Stupid in fact) 2/3rd of this movie passes with she making a fool out of him pretending to be another girl. (absurdity is a mild word for it) (Another ¼th of this film is dedicated to a SRK-Kajol Rani blockbuster where this same actor did a cameo).Now thats originality for you!!I never heard a word criticizing this from people.Instead even if that person releases his video sleeping at home,it ll be smash hit.His dead fish subjects are declared mint fresh when his movie fetches Rs.100 crore in 1st week. Talking about originality, there is another biggie in Bollywood who seeks perfection & sticks to original ideas.We are willing to overlook his pseudo-originality when he supports tattoos & clicks people with his Polaroid to MAKE HIS MEMORIES .May be,he never heard about that reverse chronology based Hollywood film Memento,but surely,many of us did.(May be,who knows,had he heard about that amazing movie,he would have used mehndi instead of tattoos!!)But that wasn t the case.We
one.Raj Malhotra & Ajay Sharma immortal in the sands of time.we overlook him reviving a supposedly dead child by uttering.Only Rajnikanth s appearance as Chitti invokes wolf whistles-else the rest of sp.But if film isn t good.if its not a masterpiece. Another problem with the film is the connectivity factor that SRK has with audience is somewhat less here.Even though he might fail here(financially which is quite difficult now as its already a profitable venture).it partially engages.I would like to quote something what SRK said on his twitter time lineNew things make us uncomfortable because they fall beyond the scope of our usual habits..After all.saw the straight lift from that exceptional film yet it invoked no reactions!!The 2000 Hollywood flick was spoofed literally.Unfortuately.one is just reduced to a family bodyguard with special powers.& it offers some entertainment of course. You must all be wondering that I ve been presenting this article as an advocate of SRK..While superheroes save the entire world selflessly.Not tastelessly & disgracefully ! Hoping a positive constructive criticism from your end & wishing I am spared a La Ra.one fails is the lack of a credible storyline & you have every right to bash it on this basis.Where it could ve infused new ideas.one has not gone down with me well.Not a case when you read below.(Please don t tell me that this movie with break neck adrenaline pumping pace isn t entertaining).Rahul Khanna.Also I strongly advocate that originality must prevail at every cost & the stunts being copied in Ra.1. However.one has been minced at every step.Also there were needless cameos by Priyanka Chopra & Sanjay Dutt.we must not forget that SRK is only human bound to make mistakes.He sees to reinvent himself everytime & has made characters like Kabir Khan.(It still moves me when an elderly person. In the end. !!! Please give his efforts what they deserve & not extreme opinions.upon seeing Spiderman unmasked when he saves the train in spiderman -2. -Apoorv Sharma .says.Novelty must prevail.But certainly it also doesn t deserve of bashing of being labelled as GAY one or RAW one.where Ra.May be newness of genre got to us.the VFX are way better than any other Hindi film.everyone went hammers & tongs! Talking about logic.SRK might be weird(yet charismatic) as nerdy South Indian but as G.he is a force to reckon with..Tech student successfully delivering a baby of a woman with vaccum cleaner. (Chammak challo.One bashing !! -truly.When it came to Ra.G.certainly our brains go grazing in the Pampas & Savannahs grasslands when a guy is cast to go to college at a tender age of 45 & starts revamping the education system.it stuck to stereotypes.one.I remember him being branded as LADKI PATTAU actor incapable of anything else.His charisma still wins heart .Its where the team s arrow missed the mark.Dildaara.he must be able to take it with pride in his heart & soul.nothing else.Not only this. Allow it to breathe & soon it becomes One with us.Our criticizing habit takes a Thomas Cook Holiday package when we see the 45 year old B.He doesn t save the world & thus isn t selfless which is an important parameter of being a super hero.The director sticks to tried-tested & even worn out over time clichés.aa* is w**l ! But Ra.(noble intention though) .(He saves the train to save Prateek only).SRK is fabulous with sheer energy In both AVATARS-Shekhar as well as G. Selfless sacrifices mark superhero films.But he silenced all by playing a disgraced hockey player turned coach in Chak de India.Though film full entertains.criminal are energetic but Raftaarein is my favourite).yet all of us appreciated it.appearnces just extended the runtime.that s why we watch movies.He is just about my son s age !) Nonetheless.
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