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  1. Swad3s

    Swad3s Active Member

    ^ i thought they didnt rate it :p I have added it now.
     
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  2. Swad3s

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    Komal nahata's review

    Business Rating: 3.5/5 stars
    Star cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Varma.
    What’s Good: Individual sequences; stars’ performances; excellent visual effects; the superlative action, the Chhammak Chhallo song; eye-filling photography.
    What’s Bad: The first 20 minutes and some portions in the second half which are boring; the story, which is about a video game, will not be fully understood by the computer-illiterate older generation.
    Verdict: Ra.One has novelty and great visual effects to see it through at the box-office and ensure profits in spite of its very high cost.
    Loo break: A few in the first half.
    Watch or Not?: Definitely watch Ra.One for the superlative performances and the grand visual effects and the 3D effects.

    Eros International and Red Chillies Entertainment’s Ra.One is the story of Shekhar Subramanium (Shah Rukh Khan), who lives in London and who is so clumsy and uncool that his young, school-going son, Pratik (Armaan Varma), does not consider him as his hero or idol. In fact, he doesn’t even respect his father like a son should.
    Shekhar works in a gaming company and he alongwith his colleagues makes a video game, Ra.One, in which the villain, Ra.One, is almost invincible. He makes the villain so powerful because his son tells him that heroes are boring and villains are cool. As luck would have it, Pratik, who plays games under the name of Lucifer, defeats Ra.One who, then, loses his head and escapes from the computer in search of Lucifer. Soon, he kills Shekhar when he lies to him that his name is Lucifer. Shekhar takes on the blame in a bid to save his son’s life. But Ra.One, who has now taken the identity of Shekhar’s own colleague Akashi (Tom Wu), does not give up his search for Lucifer alias Pratik.
    Meanwhile, Pratik goes to his dad’s office and between Jenny (Shahana Goswami) and Pratik, the two decide that G.One or, in other words, the Good One from the game would have to be released from the computer to combat Ra.One.
    Pratik and his widowed mother, Sonia (Kareena Kapoor), leave London to return to India and are given a hot chase by Ra.One. After a lot of misses, Ra.One finally confronts the mother-son duo but G.One emerges in the form of Shekhar to save them.
    Now, G.One, Sonia and Pratik come to India after G.One has almost eliminated Ra.One. However, Ra.One is re-constructed one day and lands in India. What happens next? Does he find Lucifer? Does G.One protect Sonia and Pratik alias Lucifer? If so, how?

    On the whole, Ra.One has the novelty factor and visual effects as its greatest plus points. It may be lagging in the other departments but these two – novelty and visual effects – will definitely see the high-budgeted film make profits for all concerned. Looking to the almost unprecedented hype and huge craze for the film and its grand opening, it will sail past its safety mark in the first week itself (after considering all the other sources of revenue too) and then go on to yield profits.

    For more :-

    http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/ra-one-review/


     
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  3. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

    @resulp: Happy diwali to all of you.Los Angeles bound,taking Ra.one2 screen4 academy members& Hollywood fraternity, huge affair for an indian cinema. (2 minutes ago from Twitter for iPad)
     
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  4. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

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  5. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

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    Oct 26, 2011 - 08:00 AM
    Ra.One (3D)

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    Director: Anubhav Sinha
    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shahana Goswami, Armaan Verma and Arjun Rampal
    Quick Take: Paisa vasool, Ra.Won!


    Holy hobnobbing circuitry that goes rickety tickety tingling! We can make films like Hollywood. At least the action part we can. Well step aside Shaktimaan and the likes, we’ve just hit par with Iron Man. That’s the big take away from Shah Rukh Khan’s much-anticipated, heavily publicised mega production. It’s full on masala entertainment with a sci fi twist.
    So Shah Rukh Khan plays the chettinad version of Tony Stark or should we say Kevin Flynn from Tron and his name is Shekhar. He’s super smart, super geek and has a heart made from bullion. For his much ambitious office project he comes up with a game where there’s a super villain called Ra.One. Shekhar makes the game, the villain and the hero G.One as a token for his son Pratik. But things go wrong as AI turns evil and the menacing Ra.One is released into the real world to wreak terror. And guess what? Super villain Ra.One isn’t hatching plans of world domination or anything sinister, all he wants is to finish the virtual fight Shekhar’s son Pratik walked out on. It means Ra.One wants to kill the little kid. But really? Shifting yourself from the virtual world into the real world all for one bout of fight with a kid? Well that’s Ra.One’s (the film) Achilles heel. The premise is slightly ludicrous. No marks for the writing department what with the clichéd climax as well.
    But for some reason that limp of a story doesn’t hamper the entertainment value of Ra.One. Partly because you feel too awed by its Hollywood-esque visuals that are usually found in 200 million dollar budget movies. The 3D isn’t half bad either. A certain X factor we’ve come to adore over the years also helps the film. SRK is the soul of this filmand he breathes vivacity and vim into every scene. This is also SRK’s debut in Rajnikanth territory. Another thing that the film does so well is to parody itself. It never takes itself too seriously nor its characters and actors. Let’s just say it’s somewhat like Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om in the nature of its humour. Not so surprisingly Kareena Kapoor carries a large part of that brand of humour rather well.
    End of the day the big question is - To watch or not to watch? Are you mad? To watch, obviously. Do not miss this if you’ve ever loved the idea of mainstream commercial cinema. It’s heartening to see that we can recreate action and sci-fi like Hollywood does. It’s not very polished but it’s more than acceptable. In fact, had the storytelling been stronger Ra.One could’ve been a classic. Sadly it’s not but it is an enjoyable sci-fi and CGI fiesta that will transport you to a world of kooky fantasy and video game heroes.

    http://www.filmfare.com/articles/raone-3d-2842.html
     
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  6. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

    @shekharkapur: Ra 1 shows u how passion of 1 man can raise bar for others.Saw only 1st half of Ra 1 bt need 2 hug SRK fr tht

    @taran_adarsh: Wednesday update - I: #RaOne has mind-boggling start, business at an all-time high http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/special_features/index.html

    @taran_adarsh: #RaOne At centres, where system of advance booking isn't popular, 100% collections in each and every show since early morning.

    @boxofficeindia: Bumper opening for #RA.One...Details coming up soon on http://www.boxofficeindia.co.in
     
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  7. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Sana, I hope you don't mind but I have pasted the story from the link at boxofficeindia (you posted above) in the Box Office thread.
    Its a very pleasant read and you never know when these links will disappear. :D
     
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  8. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

    Oops! I am sorry... I hadn't seen it. :)

    Perhaps, it can be deleted or something??
     
  9. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

    @jiteshpillaai: First half done. Ra.won. Outstanding. Kids are going to luuurve this one. I'm deffo watching the 3d version too! Looooooving it:)

    @jiteshpillaai: What's there to intellectualise? It's a fun, masala, over the top entertainer. Well done vfx, well done to the entire team. Srk rocks!

    @shekharkapur: I luv SRK fr takin his dream n makin it happen despite all his friends advisin him not 2n then showing d impossible can b done. #Ra1
     
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  10. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

    Saw this one very cute tweet :


    @debel21: @roshanabbas Diwali ke is Pa.One avsar pe Bhagwan aapke G.One ko Ra.One se bachaaye. Happy Diwali ! :D

    English Translation : On this auspicious ('Pa.one' - actually Pawan) occasion, May GOD save your life ('G.one' - actually Jeevan) from Evil ('Ra.one' - actually Raavan)

    cute, i think!
     
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  11. Fiona

    Fiona Active Member

    Ambitious, but flawed


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    Ra.One


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    October 26, 2011​
    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami, Dalip Tahil, Satish Kaushik​
    Director: Anubhav Sinha​
    Superhero film Ra.One kicks off on an unusual note, as geeky tech-wiz dad Shekhar Subramaniam, played by Shah Rukh Khan, tries to become his young son’s hero by creating the greatest video-game villain of all time. Named Ra.One in a not-so-subtle reference to The Ramayan’s Lanka king, this super-villain almost immediately shows signs of breaking out of his virtual world to wreak havoc and destruction in the real one. Yet even as danger is lurking around the corner, Ra.One’s creator Shekhar is distractedly working the dance floor with his wife.​
    To me, this moment sums up the entire experience of watching this ambitious but flawed superhero film — every time we’re drawn into the simplistic but intriguing story of how Ra.One can only be vanquished by the game’s superhero G.One (also played by Shah Rukh), director Anubhav Sinha feels the desperate need to inject a dance number or a comical sequence or a melodramatic interlude into the narrative. It’s distracting from the superhero theme and more importantly, it makes the film clunky.​
    Once again, it’s Shah Rukh Khan’s sheer presence and energy, coupled with the narrative’s don’t-stop-to-think pace that makes Ra.One watchable despite its flaws. This is an event movie, a spectacle, not really a film. It’s 2 hours 35 minutes of special effects, action sequences and superficial romantic and emotional entanglements. You can see the ambition and imagination that the makers have poured into this movie, and while it thankfully doesn’t succumb to the kind of lazy film-making we’ve seen recently in Rascals, Bodyguard, Ready or the Golmaal films, Ra.One clearly suffers from a case of cramming in too much. Frankly, in all this, the superhero theme itself gets a bit lost — G.One’s committment is towards protecting his family from Ra.One, not saving the world from evil. In the process, he’s less of a superhero than Superman, Batman, Spiderman or even Krrish; G.One is more of a personal bodyguard with special powers.​
    Yet adhering to the unwritten superhero rule, G.One too is born out of tragedy, when his creator Shekhar is killed by Ra.One. Strangely, despite the heavy funeral song, we’re barely convinced that wife and kid are grieving for Shekhar; so smoothly does G.One take his place in their lives. In their greed to make Ra.One an entertainment extravaganza, the writers inject innuendoes that come off as crass — like the thesis the so-called feminist wife is doing on Indian swear words, or the scene in which a gay airport security guard is turned on by G.One’s body piercings. The special appearances by Rajnikanth in a spoof of his own Robot, or a stylish early sequence featuring Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra only end up playing to the gallery. You’re also left wondering why there’s such an unhealthy obsession with the crotch, with so many scenes of grabbing, clutching, whacking or kicking it.​
    Ra.One heavily references films like Total Recall, The Matrix, Iron Man, X-Men and Terminator-2, yet there is a certain thrill attached to the action sequences. A car chase through London’s streets is rivaled by a local-train sequence in India where G.One leaps from one bogie to another. There’s also the mind-boggling sight of the beautiful Gothic structure of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus crumbling as the train ploughs right through it. These portions make up for the long-drawn climatic battle between Ra.One and G.One fought in a rather tacky virtual world.​
    The only real standout performance is by Shah Rukh Khan. His Aiyyo-speaking Shekhar Subramaniam is caricaturish but charming, while as G.One, he gives even his robotic video-game character a charismatic edge. Kareena Kapoor, as Shekhar’s wife, provides the glamorous oomph factor as she shimmies to that fantastic number Chamak Challo, while Arjun Rampal makes a menacing Ra.One. However, too much screen time is wasted on the long-haired Armaan Verma who plays Shekhar’s son, while Shahana Goswami playing a video game developer, inexplicably vanishes from the screen midway through the story.​
    What’s missing from Ra.One is a sure-footed director’s touch. Anubhav Sinha fails to bring all the elements together, and while this superhero film has plenty sound and fury, it’s sorely lacking slickness. I’m going with two and a half out of five forRa.One. Like the spaghetti and curds concoction that Shah Rukh digs into in an early scene, Ra.One is clearly an acquired taste.​
    (This review first aired on CNN-IBN)
     
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  12. Fiona

    Fiona Active Member

    P.S- this movie review is from Rajeev Masand:rolleyes:
     
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  13. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

    RA.One - Box Office India Review
    (Possible Major Spoilers!)

    (October 26, 2011)
    Banner: Red Chillies Entertainment, Eros Entertainment
    Producer: Gauri Khan
    Director: Anubhav Sinha
    Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Shahana Goswami, Armaan Verma
    Music Director: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
    Cinematography: V Manikanandan, Nicola Pecorini
    [​IMG]Take a bow! These three little words not only tell you just how BIG this film is, they go well beyond box-office records. RA.One makes you proud of how far technology in Indian cinema has come. It also makes a statement our industry has been wanting to make for a very long time – when it comes to visual effects, we are fast catching up with Hollywood.
    But if you think RA.One is only about visual effects, you’re wrong. Team RA.One has incorporated everything a cine-goer could hope for in a film. It is commercial cinema at its best – from emotion to action to comedy to drama to thrills to the song Chhammak Chhallo. And then there’s Shah Rukh Khan. What more could you ask for? Total entertainment, guaranteed!
    RA.One raises the bar in every department of filmmaking, from concept to execution to visual effects and, let’s not forget marketing and promotion. And stitching it all together is the content that provides a wide enough canvas to have something for everyone.
    Director Anubhav Sinha, with his writer team David Benullo, Mushtaq Sheikh and Kanika Dhillon, has constructed screenplay that keeps you largely glued to the screen from beginning to end. The film does lose momentum in places, and often veers towards becoming very dark, but it bounces back quickly. What keeps the momentum going is the dialogue written by Niranjan Iyengar and Kanika Dhillon. It may seem a little over the top (read vulgar) but the way the dialogue is delivered by the characters doesn’t make it sound cheap.
    RA.One is a simple story of a family. It is the story of a South Indian man who is married to a Punjabi girl and their child. The kid is fond of video games and loves villains more than heroes. So the doting dad creates a video game where the villain (RA.One) will be more powerful than the hero (G.One). Things spin out of control and the villain steps out of the game and into the real world. The first thing RA.One does after switching realms is kill the creator of the game. Next, he wants to kill the child. And there’s only one person who can save the kid and that’s G.One. What follows forms the crux of the film.
    When you walk into the auditorium, you already know the film is based on a video game[​IMG] whose characters emerge into the real world. But you’re eager to watch how this has been conveyed. Thus, at the outset, (Shahana Goswami’s speech) you’re introduced to the basic premise of the film. This helps you gel with the process of creating the game and the way the concept has been executed.
    Though the story is simple, it blends perfectly with super visual effects and tight screenplay and dialogue. There are several scenes which stay with you long after the show is over. In fact, there are plenty of moments/scenes you would love to revisit.
    The commercial flavour is obvious. The scene with Rajnikant is one of the highlights of the film. Another memorable scene is the one where, to stop the engine of the train, G.One desperately needs some support. He finds support from a tempo carrying an idol of Lord Ganesha.
    [​IMG]The chase sequence and the entry of G.One are superbly presented. The moments shared between G.One and the child, and between G.One and Kareena Kapoor, are full of wit. G.One’s get-up at London airport and the series of events he’s embroiled in are hilarious. The pre-climax (the entire train sequence) and the final showdown between RA.One and G.One are mind-blowing AND hilarious!
    Every song (Music is by Vishal and Shekhar) in this film is a chartbuster. Chhammak Challo is already a rage as is Criminal. But the way Raftaarein blends with the film is outstanding. Another plus is the brilliant background score. Cinematography is top class. Editing is crisp. The RA.One and G.One suits, designed by Robert Kurtzman, are superb. As for the stunts and the chase – mind blowing.
    The man with the vision, Anubhav Sinha, who dedicated six years to this film, must take a bow. It was indeed a risky decision for a director to devote so much time to just one film. But it was well worth the time and effort. And then some. Sinha has not only presented a film with the best visual effects an Indian filmmaker has ever used but placed equal emphasis on content.[​IMG]
    If it was Sinha’s vision, it was Shah Rukh Khan who stood by him and helped him make something Indian filmmakers could only dream of making. As for performances, Shah Rukh Khan is outstanding as the father and even more outstanding as G.One. He carries the entire film on his own and delivers a power-packed performance. He’s cute and also tough as G.One.
    Though the main premise of the film is the father-son relationship, Kareena Kapoor, who plays the mother, has a meaty role. She’s brilliant. In the train scene, where she’s possessed by RA.One, she looks truly scary.
    And there’s one more hero of this film and that’s Armaan Verma. Not for a moment would you believe this is his first film. Thanks to the way his character has been written, both children and adults will fall in love with him.
    Arjun Rampal is spot-on as RA.One. Apart from his performance, his look is outstanding. Shahana Goswami is good as are Dalip Tahil and Satish Shah. Tom Wu is terrific. The cameo appearances by Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra add further star value and are among the high points of the film.
    Verdict: BLOCKBUSTER

    http://www.boxofficeindia.co.in/ra-one-9/
     
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  14. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

    The Hollywood Reporter Review (Take that losers!)

    The Bottom Line
    India’s first attempt at a superhero movie is both vigorous and emotionally fulfilling within the context of Bollywood traditions.

    Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan plays that country's first movie superhero in this sci-fi action family adventure.

    A Bollywood superhero was bound to be an amalgam of everything from the world of super beings -- from those men in funny costumes who fly, swing and bound through American movie screens to gravity-defining Chinese warriors, Hong Kong martial artists and videogame pyrotechnics. So ladies, gentlemen and most especially boys and girls, Shah Rukh Khan gives you G.One, the superhero dad of the sci-fi film RA.ONE, boasting the largest budget in Indian film history and rolling out this Diwali weekend, the biggest Indian holiday, known in the West as the Festival of Lights.
    The film, directed by Anubhav Sinha, is gloriously silly, with stunts, CG animation and music numbers bursting out all over yet its beating heart lies in a commonplace story of a family and most especially a father and son who don’t understand one another. Oscar Hammerstein II once said something to the effect that you have to believe in whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens to get away with writing about such corny banalities in a lyric and so Shah -- SRK as he is known to billions of fans -- really does believe in family values and the power of cinema.
    You don’t have to be an enthusiast of Bollywood to embrace RA.ONE, but it sure would help. The “item” numbers and cultural references come fast and furious with little concession to Western audiences unfamiliar with South Asian cinema. But -- sign of our times -- the videogame milieu and computer technology that back up the fantasy will score big with youngsters across the globe. And the stunts and FX work -- the final credit crawl lasts over 10 minutes -- move Indian cinema to a new level of technological expertise.
    Reportedly costing over $25 million, the film was originally scheduled to roll out in June. However, the release was postponed to Diwali due to extensive post-production work and a 3D conversion. The print under review here is a 2D version -- which is what will screen in most of the world’s cinemas -- as that’s all that was available in Los Angeles prior to SRK’s appearance in the city for a gala presentation following premieres in London and Toronto on consecutive nights.
    The film starts with a rush in a dreamscape in which a superhero (Khan) races to the rescue of a damsel held captive by a villain (affording Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt with crowd-pleasing cameos). This proves to be a daydream of a school youngster, Prateek (Armaan Verma), whose own dad is a dull -- at least in his eyes -- computer geek who designs video games for a London game tycoon.
    Khan, dressed in a very bad curly wig and effecting a broad South Indian accent complete with stereotypical eating mannerisms and occasional slips into the Tamil language, plays Shekhar Subramanium, who will never be a hero to his son. Even his Michael Jackson Bad-era impersonation fails to impress and nothing Shekhar’s adoring Punjabi wife Sonia (Kareena Kapoor, herself a major star) does will shake Prateek’s belief he needs a new dad.
    In desperation, the nerdy dad accedes to his son’s request — to create a videogame villain “who only wins,” a complete badass that cannot be defeated by any player. This player is dubbed by Shekhar’s design team Random Access One or Ra.One. The superhero who will attempt to defeat this super villain, with little odds for success, is named Good One or G.One and is shaped in the image of his creator, Shekhar.
    (The explanation passes quickly but Ra.One is a loose play upon Raavan, the demon king in Hindu mythology, and G.One comes close to the Hindi word jeevan or life.)
    In an elaborate and overlong sequence that owes much to Universal’s ‘30s era Frankenstein movies, the computer lab that produces this game runs amok as the villain becomes sentient and ultimately escapes the video world to roam among men and destroy at will. He not only kills Shekhar’s Chinese colleague Akaashi (Hong Kong-born martial artist Tom Wu) but confronts and kills Shekhar himself.
    This is the film’s emotional turning point. Shekhar’s sudden widow and son must now confront all they miss in their late husband and father but also deal with his virtual replacement. For the son and Shekhar’s computer team realize the only way to combat Ra.One is by freeing G.One from the game as well. So Shekhar’s self-designed, lookalike warrior — Khan minus the bad wig — moves into the real world to protect his family, targeted by Ra.One, and figure out the villain’s latest guise, from Akaashi to any number of assumed identities. (Ra.One is mostly played by Arjun Rampal, a well-known Bollywood actor.)
    Major sequences include a demolition-derby chase through London city-center streets and an airport parking lot brawl to a runaway train in Mumbai that causes major CG destruction to the Victoria Terminus and a final confrontation between the two virtual warriors in a world that moves increasingly into videogame terrain. Fittingly, Prateek teams up with his dad’s alter ego in this duel.
    Music numbers are nothing you would expect in the Terminator or Matrix films — both quoted from liberally — but are de rigueur in a Bollywood film. However, here they actually suit story and character purposes, even at one point poignantly expressing the grief of a wife and son over the death of the father.
    The acting pushes emotions as one would expect from a movie based on a fictional videogame that will most certainly become a real one. The child delivers the most realistic and effecting performance. Khan in his two roles is genuinely sweet if over the top in each. Kapoor is gorgeous and beguiling as the loving, then grieving wife while Rampal makes a splendid villain.
    During the credit roll, the film makes a point of showing a behind-the-scenes EPK of the stunts and effects, driving home dual points. One is that SRK did, as advertised, his own stunts. And two, that India can compete in the big leagues of stunts and fx. SRK, whose company Red Chilies Entertainment made the film with Eros International, has poured a lot of money into creating his own Mumbai special-effects house and RA.ONE is nothing if not a calling card to the film world.
    So RA.ONE nicely serves two masters — good family values and good capitalist instincts. And as is traditional at Diwali, the effigy of Raavan gets torched as good triumphs over evil.
    Opens: October 26 (Eros International)
    Production companies: Eros International and Red Chilis Entertainment present a Winford Production
    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami, Tom Wu, Satish Shah
    Director: Anubhav Sinha
    Screenwriters: David Benullo, Kanika Dhillon, Niranjan Iyengar, Mushtaq Sheikh
    Story by: Anubhav Sinha
    Producer: Gauari Khan
    Executive producers: Anil Sable, Rajan Vanmali,, Swapna David, Prashant Shah
    Director of photography: Nicola Pecorini
    Production designers: Sabu Cyril, Marcus Wookey
    Music: Vishal & Shekhar
    Lead visual effects supervisor: Haresh Hingorani
    Costume designers: Manish Malhotra, Anaita Shroff, Naresh Rohira, Robert Lever
    Editors: Martin Walsh, Sanjay Sharma
    No rating, 156 minutes

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/ra-one-review-shah-rukh-khan-253499
     
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  15. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    sorry but 2 & a half stars is pretty stupid. even yahoo with there "not even 1" BS. and i bet NONE of these people actually know what a sci-fi & or vfx heavy films are meant to look like, be like etc. :p
     
  16. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    Movie Review: Ra.One is a Good.One, in more ways than one

    http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/...ays-than-one-117330.html#.Tqga4Pb3NWI.twitter
    Rubina A Khan Oct 26, 2011

    After all the hype and aggressive marketing, and the big, quintessential Shah Rukh Khan sell, Ra.One finally opened in theatres today in both 2D and 3D formats. This review is for the 2D version of the film.

    SRK plays a bumbling geek, Shekhar Subramaniam, who works in the video-gaming department of Barron Industries in London with a penchant for eating noodles with curd. He is married to an author-in-progress, Sonia, played by Kareena Kapoor and they have a bright, young son, Prateek, played by debutant Armaan Verma. Even though the two couldn’t be more different in their Shekhar and Sonia avatars, their on-screen marriage works beautifully.

    Curly wig in place, SRK pulls off the South-Indian techie-look physically, but his South Indian accent comes and goes in spurts and is rather inconsistent throughout his enactment of Shekhar. What is consistent though, and very apparent, is him seeking Prateek’s approval desperately and wanting to turn into a “daddy cool” figure in his eyes. That is what spurs him into action and the concept of a very powerful, cool and invincible villain comes to fruition in his latest video game enterprise, called Ra.One, much to the delight of Prateek.
    On the day of the game’s launch, a very excited Prateek plays the game as Lucifer — his online gaming alias. Ra.One — the villian — threatens him not to leave the game till he vanquishes him, saying if he did, he would hunt him down and kill him. Not taking him seriously, Prateek goes home, leaving his father and his work colleague, Akashi, played by Tom Wu, and Jenny, played by Shahana Goswami, to figure out the errors in the game.
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    SRK’s lean frame lends itself well to his superhero antics as does his photo-shopped version of Shekhar, whose face G.One is modelled on Raju Shelar/Firstpost This is where the film really starts, or rather, the game begins. Ra.One, played by Arjun Rampal, takes on a dangerous life of his own outside the gaming console world and begins his hunt for Lucifer.

    Arjun makes bald look beautiful as he walks and talks the part of Ra.One, though there’s not much to say, except the clever line, “Tum log Raavan ko har saal is liye maarte ho kyunki tum jaante ho ki Raavan kabhi nahin marta.

    SRK as G.One, the Indian super hero is an original in design, form and speech, with his own mannerisms and blue body suit, and of course, the matching blue eyes. Even though the film borrows heavily from many Hollywood super heroes like Spiderman, Terminator and Knight Rider, to name a few, there are only fleeting glimpses of the same in dramatic action scenes, saving it from being some sort of Superspiderbatminator rip-off!

    SRK’s lean frame lends itself well to his superhero antics as does his photo-shopped version of Shekhar, whose face G.One is modelled on. Despite being the eternal romantic hero on celluloid, SRK owns the robotic space he inhabits with G.One being very convincing as the gaming super hero. After all, he is a super star in real life and he’s taken his game to the next level with G.One on reel. Kareena looks stunning and plays her role just right, as one would expect an actress of her calibre to.

    Anubhav Sinha, the director of the film has done a marvelous job in the action sequences – they are new age and take full advantage of technological advancements in the scientific and digital world. The Mumbai local train sequence is shot fabulously. The emotional scenes, too are very engaging — despite all the digital wizardry going on in the film.
    The film has its share of comic sequences, my favourite being the one where Kareena is outside the Mumbai airport with G.One and Prateek, and Rajnikanth makes a special appearance as Chitti from Robot! It is hilarious! Kareena covers her head with a scarf in absolute reverence and awe as she introduces Rajnikanth to G.One as “Super hero number one, Rajni Sir.” There are some forced gags too, like the airport guy who frisks SRK a tad too lasciviously and the opening scene of the film that has a Knight Rider-esque SRK — in “shampoo-ad” length hair as Lucifer — fighting off three Ninja girls named Uski Lee, Iski Lee and Sabki Lee, cheap thrills to say the least. After fending off the Ninjas, he takes on another baddie, Sanjay Dutt who’s holding Priyanka Chopra hostage. Dutt and Chopra make special appearances in the film. Thankfully, the sequence is just Prateek day-dreaming in class at school! I’m surprised Head & Shoulders weren’t solicited for an in-film endorsement with SRK’s flying locks in the scene! Amitabh Bachchan lends his baritone in a voice-over in the film.

    The screenplay is seamless and the drama and shenanigans keep you entertained throughout. Armaan Verma who plays Prateek makes a fantastic debut in the film – matching his acting skills with Kareena and SRK all the way. You actually don’t feel the over two and a half hour length of the film, with its racy pace and edgy action. The film is interspersed with some endearing emotional moments and the chartbusting Chammak Challo, Dildaara and Criminal songs.

    In Chammak Challo, sung by the international singer, Akon, SRK looks like the superstar he is and it is a very welcome change, even if it’s just for the duration of the song, from his blue-eyed G.One look! Kareena and SRK are fabulous together. The booty shakin’ step in Criminal, also sung by Akon, is going to be the new dance move in town.

    On the whole, this is how I would sum up Ra.One :

    Story.One – Good
    Screenplay.One – Great
    Music.One – Excellent
    Action.One – Superb
    Direction.One – Great
    Camera.One – Excellent
    Special Effects.One – Brilliant

    Acting.One -
    SRK.One – Great
    Kareena.One – Superb
    Armaan.One – Excellent
    Arjun.One – Good
     
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  17. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    Ra.One: Quite a thrill ride
    Oct 25, 2011 By Khalid Mohamed
    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/showbiz/movie-reviews/raone-quite-thrill-ride-996

    4 STARS

    Good

    • Spectacular production design, an irreverent post-modernist attitude, action interludes and the jaguar-tempo carry the enterprise forward throughout. A sporting guest appearance by Rajnikanth.
    Bad

    • Lapses into profanities and even vulgarity are beyond comprehension.
    Virtual reality bites, and it tickles too. Woohoo, computer-generated G: One (Jeevan, get it?) is so goody-good that he would happily chomp a chewing gum made of wood.
    And his fi-fie-fo-fum adversary is the eponymous Ra:One (Raavan), a Frankenstein’s monster of sorts who’s as aluminium-plated as pans-`n’-pots. Daft and dotty?
    Absolutely, and that’s its strength. The Anubhav Sinha-directed Ra-One revels in being a zippy, zany, zowie ride. And the upbeat news is that the special effects fandango actually works, the closest yet to international standards: in particular a spectacular turvy-topsy car chase through London’s streets, thrilling acrobatic stunts on a Mumbai local train, the collapse of Mumbai’s CST terminal, and a gothic climax that’s dot-on with its micro-chips syntax. So if you’re in a feel-thrill mood, go right ahead and chillax.
    At the outset, you’re somewhat overloaded with jumbo-mumbo, what with a business-suited videogame executive (Shahana Goswami, competent) lecturing an auditorium packed with Jurassic Park-aged folks about how computer age era technology is as exciting as supping on squishy egg yolks. No jokes. Enter an impressario (Dalip Tahil, an updated Gogia Pasha), who announces that if his corporation’s next video-game doesn’t sell in the market, his employees would have to become waiters in his noodle restaurant. Aaah dim sum, lose some.
    That sets the heat on golliwog-haired Shekhar Subramaniam (Shah Ruk Khan, Part One) to devise a game in which evil is awesomely attractive. Jr. Subu (Moppet Silky Hair) loves the concept, for once applauding his MacDaddy, whom he had always dismissed as a nutzoid nerd. Yeah, man Daddy even eats noodles splashed with
    curd.Yoghurt Suey anyone?
    Anyway, so a Shaitan versus Superhero game is launched at a hearty party, which would be the envy of every host from Vijay Mallya to Hugh Hefner. Ulp, then
    something goes terribly wrong. Like Frankenstein’s monster, Evil Robo goes on the rampage, kills sweet Subramaniam. Eeps, weep.Kid and Mommy Subramaniam (Kareena Kapoor), now, have to save themselves from the killer machine. Woe ho.
    It’s after establishing the characters and clarifying the storyline (which could have become a cat’s cradle of confusion) that India’s answer to Hollywood’s superhero
    blockbusters, becomes truly kickass. The post-intermission reels are riveting, enhanced by the vivaciously choreographed and executed Chhamak Chhalo dance
    set piece.
    By now, the action has moved to Mumbai (oink at points, it resembles a Chennai suburb). Mummy Subramaniam and Moppet are being protected by G-One (Shah Rukh Khan, Part 2), who’s a combo between a robo, android, humanoid, High-pod, Spiderman, and hello, even a touch of Paul Newman, thanks to a pair of oceanic blue eyes. Nice.
    Next: the emotional quotient flows freely from the faucet. Robo-Goody is slowly but surely assuming human qualities, oozing love for the Chhamak Mom. Meanwhile,
    the Evil One has become excessively menacing (Arjun Rampal), stepping out of a cool cologne ad, to halt at a Dassera effigy burning (stylishy shot), and then take on
    Blue Eyes at a location straight out of a nightmare. A nail biter.
    Spectacular production design, an irreverent post-modernist attitude, action interludes and the jaguar-tempo carry the enterprise forward throughout. A sporting guest
    appearance by Rajnikanth (whose Robot was set on the same special effects-turf), the R.D. Burman-like aalap in the background score, Vishal-Shekhar’s inspired dance-
    friendly songs and an approach that asserts just-go-with-the-FX flow, transport our actioner bonanzas to quite another level altogether.
    On the downside, the lapses into profanities and even vulgarity are beyond your comprehension. A bunch of keys lands er..in..a woman’s bosom, Good-One places his
    hand on Mummy’s ditto, puns are made out of cuss words (D.K. Bose ka influence, kya?), and there are far too many references to condoms. Plus, a gay interlude at an airport security frisking is strictly ho-ho-hum.
    Indeed, all these elements are as avoidable as the prologue featuring Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra and nods to Jackie Chan, not to forget a song grab from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Admittedly, the reference to three Lady Bruce Lees is a laugh-out-loud moment.
    Of the cast, Arjun Rampal albeit in a brief role, is effective. Kareena Kapoor appears to be more interested in being yummy than a mummy. Child actor Armaan Verma
    is impressively at ease.
    Undoubtedly, the extravaganza belongs to Shah Rukh Khan. He’s ultra- high on energy and on infecting the viewer with his distinctive brand of tongue-in-chic chutzpah.
    Why the four stars? you may cavil. Answer: why not? Here’s a technical accomplishment with as much heart as hardware.
     
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  18. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    http://www.filmfare.com/articles/raone-3d-2842.html

    4 STARS

    Holy hobnobbing circuitry that goes rickety tickety tingling! We can make films like Hollywood. At least the action part we can. Well step aside Shaktimaan and the likes, we’ve just hit par with Iron Man. That’s the big take away from Shah Rukh Khan’s much-anticipated, heavily publicised mega production. It’s full on masala entertainment with a sci fi twist.

    So Shah Rukh Khan plays the chettinad version of Tony Stark or should we say Kevin Flynn from Tron and his name is Shekhar. He’s super smart, super geek and has a heart made from bullion. For his much ambitious office project he comes up with a game where there’s a super villain called Ra.One.

    Shekhar makes the game, the villain and the hero G.One as a token for his son Pratik. But things go wrong as AI turns evil and the menacing Ra.One is released into the real world to wreak terror. And guess what? Super villain Ra.One isn’t hatching plans of world domination or anything sinister, all he wants is to finish the virtual fight Shekhar’s son Pratik walked out on. It means Ra.One wants to kill the little kid. But really? Shifting yourself from the virtual world into the real world all for one bout of fight with a kid? Well that’s Ra.One’s (the film) Achilles heel. The premise is slightly ludicrous. No marks for the writing department what with the clichéd climax as well.

    But for some reason that limp of a story doesn’t hamper the entertainment value of Ra.One. Partly because you feel too awed by its Hollywood-esque visuals that are usually found in 200 million dollar budget movies. The 3D isn’t half bad either. A certain X factor we’ve come to adore over the years also helps the film. SRK is the soul of this film and he breathes vivacity and vim into every scene. This is also SRK’s debut in Rajnikanth territory. Another thing that the film does so well is to parody itself. It never takes itself too seriously nor its characters and actors. Let’s just say it’s somewhat like Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om in the nature of its humour. Not so surprisingly Kareena Kapoor carries a large part of that brand of humour rather well.

    End of the day the big question is - To watch or not to watch? Are you mad? To watch, obviously. Do not miss this if you’ve ever loved the idea of mainstream commercial cinema. It’s heartening to see that we can recreate action and sci-fi like Hollywood does. It’s not very polished but it’s more than acceptable. In fact, had the storytelling been stronger Ra.One could’ve been a classic. Sadly it’s not but it is an enjoyable sci-fi and CGI fiesta that will transport you to a world of kooky fantasy and video game heroes.
     
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  19. hanan tharwat

    hanan tharwat Member

    hey i was see twitter comment to srk all say great amazing movie and did u see the video on you tube people dance on the cinema on chamk challo all get so crazy about movie
     
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  20. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    Computer Nerd Creates Superhero Showdown

    http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/10/2...d-review.html?smid=tw-nytimesmovies&seid=auto
    By RACHEL SALTZ

    Published: October 26, 2011

    You can have a high old time (or get a little bored) totting up movies that “Ra.One” borrows from: “Tron,” “The Terminator,” “The Matrix,” Jackie Chan films and on and on. Not that it could be mistaken for anything other than what it is: a Bollywood epic with a magpie appetite and, of course, songs and dances. (The catchy, clubby “Chummak Challo,” featuring Akon, is already a hit.)

    For all its cost, digital effects and virtual reality feints, “Ra.One” is a traditional, if somewhat undercooked, Hindi movie confrontation between good and evil. After all, the villain is named Ra.One (for Random Access Version 1.0), which can be pronounced Raavan, like the 10-headed demon in the Ramayana. And G.One, the hero, is also Jeevan, which means life.

    Sporting a wig of floppy curls, Shahrukh Khan, the film’s star and guiding force, plays Shekhar, a nerdy computer game designer in London. (Even the thieves speak Hindi in this town.) To win the admiration of his son, Prateek (Armaan Verma), he creates a game in which the bad guy, Ra.One, is more powerful than the hero, G.One.

    But Ra.One breaks into the real world and wants to kill Prateek, which sends the boy and his mother (Kareena Kapoor, looking great with a few new pounds) to India with G.One (Mr. Khan again, sans curls), who has also come to life.

    “Ra.One,” directed by Anubhav Sinha, works hard with its money. (The Times of India has reported the budget as $30 million.) Full of digital effects, wire work and things that go flying (cars, men, supermen) the movie is technically as sophisticated as anything Bollywood has produced. A standout is G.One’s rescue of Ms. Kapoor on a runaway train that crashes rather spectacularly out of Victoria Terminus in Mumbai.

    You can see the money on screen, if not in the screenwriting. The exposition is longwinded and confusing, as are the rules of the game, in the virtual and the real worlds. The bumbling Shekhar is too clownish; Ra.One is a dud demon (Raavan is invoked to little effect) who disappears for chunks of time; and you probably won’t hold your breath as good fights evil.
    But if the storytelling disappoints (shocking!), the film mostly doesn’t. It relies on action and effects and Bollywood’s trump card, star power, to carry the day. This is Mr. Khan’s movie, and once he sheds Shekhar’s droopy locks, he shines as the deadpan, action-hero robot with digital snot and smooth moves on the dance floor.
     
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  21. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    Review : Ra.One – Techno-Masala Visual Ride

    http://www.123telugu.com/reviews/review-ra-one-techno-masala-visual-ride.html

    Wednesday, 26 October 2011 16:33
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    Release date: 26 October 2011
    123Telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5
    Director : Anubhav Sinha
    Producer : Gauri Khan
    Music Director : Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
    Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Shahana Goswami, Satish Shah
    There comes a time in every filmmaker’s life when heor she wants to push the way a story is told, and mind you there are only few stories to tell! So how does one really add variety to a movie without losing the ‘usual benefits’? If you ask the same question to director Anubhav Sinha and actor Shahrukh Khan, both avid story tellers (in their own might),– they would reply together “by making a film like Ra.One”. Ra.One is a kind of a film where the artists indulge in their aesthetics, splurge a wave of money and offer a visual ride that is thrilling and yet somehow that doesn’t push us over the edge!
    What’s it about: Shekhar Subramaniam (Shahrukh Khan) is a virtual game designing geek working in London. He mixes his noodles with curd, dotes on his wife Sonia (Kareena Kapoor) and their son (Armaan Verma), and as easily creates a virtual game called ‘Ra.One’ named after its villain! Shekhar’s Artificial Intelligence is so good, that the villain, inspired by 10 worst villains, begins to learn lots of things. However, the villain’s ego is hurt when a kid beats him in Level 1, and when the kid leaves the game mid-way he somehow manages to come alive in the real world – looking to beat him! However, the kid has help from his dad’s another design – G.One (Shahrukh Khan), the hero of the virtual game. But the real question is if G.One alone is good enough to beat the Ra.One, who begins to unleash waves of destruction, one after the other!
    What’s Good: The persona, the charm and the magic of Shahrukh Khan’s presence can be felt through right from the moment he is seen on the big screen. As Shekhar Subramanian, he is up to his usual tricks getting laughs, sometimes cracking a joke on himself and sometimes becoming the joke. As ‘G.One’, he does the fights, and involves in some stunningly shot action sequences. Of course with both the characters he ensures that the feel good factor of the film stays alive. He works up a chemistry with Kareena Kapoor, who looks million bucks and when they sing and dance together, the crowds go crazy. Of course the usual sexual innuendos, that recent Shahrukh Khan films tend to have, are there too. On the other hand there is a Arjun Rampal, who uses his chiseled body and a shaved head to look the ‘almost unbeatable villain’. The kiddo, Armaan Verma is decent in his act as the star actor’s son. Then there are guest appearances from Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt and Rajinikanth (reprising his role as ‘Chitti’ from the film Robo’). With all the usual Shahrukh elements, the film has astounding visual effects and comes with a texture that is at par with any Hollywood A-Lister. Don’t be too surprised if halfway through the film, you will be wondering if a John Woo or a Michael Bay has somehow managed to work on this Hindi flick.
    What’s Bad: Even as the visual splendor of the film works big time, the lack of emotional quotient too is a visible. The connection between G.One and the kid leaves a lot to be desired. Because of this ‘lack of connect’ we question the very need of a superhero to come and save a kid from a villain, who otherwise doesn’t pose a great threat to the humanity. Also what’s wrong in a villain being a villain, especially when he was created to be bad – such questions are for those who go beyond the pleasing effect of watching Shahrukh and Kareena together. For those who have watched Telugu film Anji, the climax would be a let down, more so because Ra.One itself showcases a brilliant pre-interval scene that wows even the worst of critics.
    Technical Departments: For what Ra.One lacks in emotional value, it makes up with some extraordinary work from the technical departments. The visual effects, especially those involving the particle dynamics with little cubes, are stunning, even though they are inspired by a Television commercial made for Sony TV few years ago. Cinematography, by Nicola Pecorini and Manikandan gives the film an extremely chic look. Any emotions you will feel in the film will be because Vishal and Shekhar translate the actors’ emotions into tangible sounds that will touch your heartstrings. Editing is up there with the best too, more so appreciable in the superbly choreographed fight sequences. The production design is colossal, and overall the director manages to give us a typical Hindi masala film, with a fine mix of visual richness and a techno-texture.
    Final Point: Ra.Oneis an amazing joy ride and a must watch for everyone who likes a thing or two about Shahrukh Khan and Video Games. But if you are expecting something to tickle your braincells, well you will have other things to think about.
    - Esskay
    123Telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5

    Legend: 5 – Flawless
    4 – Must Watch
    3 – One Time Watch
    2 – Wait for the DVD
    1 – Stay Away
     
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  22. Swad3s

    Swad3s Active Member

    Make it large yet play it safe

    Ra.One is like a Shah Rukh Khan home video. Made for his children, it’s SRK’s “childhood dream” — a Two-and-a-half-hour festival where he can be everybody from Spiderman to Superman



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    Ra.One (U)
    Director: Anubhav Sinha
    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan, Satish Shah, Shahana Goswami
    Running time: 155 minutes
    You kill your film several times. Mostly by talking about it. A film is a dream. You kill it writing it down, you kill it with a camera. Your film might come to life for a moment or two... when your actors breathe life back into it; but then it dies again, buried in film cans. Mysteriously, sometimes, in the editing room... a miracle happens when you place one image next to another, so that when finally an audience sits in the dark; if you’re lucky, very lucky, the dream flickers back to life again.
    That’s director Guido Contini, played by Daniel Day Lewis, explaining cinema in Rob Marshall’s 2009 musical Nine. Those lines might contain the heart, er H.A.R.T., of Ra.One.
    Shah Rukh Khan had a dream. And thankfully, unlike most other superstars in his league, it was not merely a money-making stardom-servicing dream. Here was a man who was actually trying to use his brand (and brands) to gift an international genre — with all its pomp and pizzazz — to desi audiences.
    But as Vidhu Vinod Chopra had famously said that in India you have to make The Godfather and The Sound of Music in the same film. And when you spend close to Rs 200 crore in one Bollywood film, well, perhaps you need to put the Bhagvad Gita, the Bible and the Koran in the same epic.
    And there starts the dilution of the dream.
    As the Guido guide states, the killing of the film starts with the writing (Anubhav Sinha, Mushtaq Sheikh, Kanika Dhillon). Because if you are going geeky and talking tech in mainstream mode, it’s not enough to simply state it, you have to explain it in a language that everyone in every theatre, from Barasat to Byculla, understands.
    A clever film like Inception had to go through this exposition exercise too, where Christopher Nolan the writer had to set the ground rules of his complicated dream world in the first half and drive the concepts into your head with examples and dialogues. But never dumb things down.
    The first eight-odd reels of Ra.One, unfortunately, cannot shrug off the wannabe-ness. Just like ‘Appa’ Shekhar (SRK the game-maker) cannot pronounce ‘dude’ the way his son Prateek (Armaan) wants him to, the writing too struggles to sound intelligent. The technology bits — Hertz Advanced Resonance Transmitter — sound like gibberish and the mythology bits — you can’t kill the demon without his heart — sound garbled.
    And there’s way too much Bolly intertextuality for any originality to peek through. In Prateek’s dream we see Shah Rukh as Lucifer (the gaming alias Prateek always uses) fighting Khalnayak (Sanjay Dutt) to win over Desi Girl (Priyanka Chopra) even as the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai theme tune plays in the background. Yes, besides being a me-too superhero film, trying to poach the best bits of all the caped crusaders and metal marauders around the world, Ra.One at many places is a wannabe Om Shanti Om.
    If the first half is all gaming gyan — how Shekhar comes up with a new game with an invincible villain named Ra.One to connect with his geeky son — Half Two becomes Terminator 2 with Ra.One coming out into the real world to kill Prateek and G.One, the hero, leaving the game to protect him. The affection for the Mommy (Kareena) is the Endhiran bit.
    Of course, the bigger Endhiran bit is how just like Rajinikanth did with Chitti, Shah Rukh wisely plays G.One with his stardom strapped firmly to his spandex suit. He does the usual domestic power-flaunting moves — the spinning around like a ceiling fan is fresh and fun — but that inimitable SRK flourish is unmissable. And it is in those few moments G.One shares with the mother and son, that the emotions actually pull you in.
    If you haven’t figured it out by now, Ra.One is actually a Shah Rukh Khan home video. Made for his children, like Shekhar makes the game for his kid, it’s SRK’s “childhood dream”, a two-and-a-half-hour festival where he can be everybody from Spiderman (he scales walls) to Superman (he stops trains).
    Now whether you would want to watch a SRK home video depends on your love-hate relationship with the Baadshah.
    In the middle of all the masala with extra cheese, what you are guaranteed, though, are spectacular visual effects. Really, you haven’t seen anything like this on the Indian screen and the three action set-pieces — the first in London, the second on a local train in Mumbai and the third in a designed gaming arena — take your breath away.
    Giving them stiff competition is a certain Kareena Kapoor. She is red hot and not just in the Chammak challo song. Arjun’s got very little screen time — Ra.One takes his shape (some shape that) well into the second half — but he makes it large, leaving you asking for more.
    The Pancham-inspired grunt is the superhero theme and creates a strange sense of retro aura to see Shah Rukh running at Flash speed to a lost RD Burman tune. But nothing comes close to the feeling you get when you see Rajinikanth walking out of the car as Boom Boom Roboda and G.One acknowledging the ‘Superstar’. Avengers came early in this end of the ‘wood’.
    Ra.One is one of those lavish five-star buffet spreads where there’s something for everyone but not everything for someone. The game is risky but the playing too safe. The dream’s not dead but it doesn’t flicker back to life as often as G.One’s H.A.R.T. does.
    But don’t lost heart King Khan. At least you still dream. Hope some day others will join you... and Bollywood will be as one.

    http://telegraphindia.com/1111027/jsp/entertainment/story_14670953.jsp


    Ra.One roster
    [​IMG]The total budget of Ra.One — production plus marketing — is projected to be anything between Rs 180 and Rs 200 crore.
    [​IMG]Ra.One has 3,700 visual effects (VFX) shots. Just to put things in perspective, an Om Shanti Om had just around 200 VFX shots.
    [​IMG]Ra.One is releasing worldwide with a whopping 3,500 prints, the highest for any Bollywood release till date.
    My Name is Khan, Shah Rukh’s last big release, arrived with around 2,000 prints.
    [​IMG]Due to its complicated action set-pieces, many of Ra.One’s scenes have been shot with 18 cameras simultaneously!
    [​IMG]Karan Johar and Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana) have served as guest directors for certain scenes of Ra.One, helping out director Anubhav Sinha.
    In the West, we have had Quentin Tarantino serving as guest director for Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City.
    [​IMG]Rajinikanth, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra make special appearances in the film.
    [​IMG]In what was a first in Bolly history, the telecast rights of Ra.One’s music launch was sold for Rs 10 crore to the STAR group of channels.
    [​IMG]A 3,600-feet long fan mail, collecting audience and fan wishes and messages for Ra.One is travelling to 36 cities across the world to promote the film.
    [​IMG]With a total of 25 brands on board, Ra.One has brand tie-ups worth Rs 52 crore. The brands include Sony PlayStation, YouTube, Nerolac, McDonald’s, Videocon, Nokia, Coke, ESPN Star Sports and Cinthol.
    [​IMG]Besides Hindi, of course, Ra.One will also release in Tamil and Telugu versions.
    [​IMG]Amitabh Bachchan does the voiceover for the narration inside the game Ra.One.
     
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  23. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

    Subhash K. Jha speaks about Ra.One
    By Subhash K. Jha, October 28, 2011 - 10:10 IST

    So you think Real Steel would always be a cropper in our cinema? That we aren't equipped to make a really groovy VFX film? Wrong wrong! Ra.One proves to be that turning point in the super-hero genre that Hindi cinema had been waiting for ever since Amitabh Bachchan donned the cape and leather trousers to play Toofan for Manmohan Desai.

    Shah Rukh Khan, God bless his ever-enterprising spirit, whips up another kind of toofan in the comic book garb of the super-hero.

    There is a free-spirited comic book element underlining the plot. To miss that element is to bypass the essence of the film. Indeed if Manmohan Desai, God double-bless his never-say-die spirit, were to see Ra.One, he would smile at the mélange-like marriage of mirth mayhem merriment and a sense of ongoing madness that comes naturally only to those visionary filmmakers who know that cinema is all about a scintillating suspension of disbelief.

    Ra.One takes you into the world of computers and robots, but the humane element remains apparent if not predominant. Director Anubhav Sinha gets there with an emphatic élan that borders on cockiness. But then Shah Rukh is not Shah Rukh if he isn't cocky? The mega-star now donning the cape of the super-hero simply pulls out all stops to furnish the proceedings with a high-octane breathlessness.

    There is an element of anything-goes about the proceeds that is highly contagious. The narrative grips you into its giddy giggly gorgeous world of adventure. The special effects are indeed very special, specially two key chase consequences by car and train just transport you into a world of frenzied overdrive.

    Strip away all the fancy special effects (super-impressive in its super-heroic escapades) and Ra.One is an old fashioned drama of valour, vendetta and other vicarious pleasures, all experienced in a format that is astonishingly good to look at. This is feel good cinema with virtual perks.

    The fetching visuals and sound design (full marks to cameraman V. Manikanandan and sound designers Resul Pookutty, Anup Dev) go into spaces never touched by a Hindi film before. Ra.One is a saucy sassy scintillating super-hero film which knows exactly when to let the narrative flow in a furious frenzy of hyper-activity and when to break the goings-on just before the hysterical happenings topple into the realm of irretrievable absurdity.

    Extravagant flamboyant and incurably precocious Ra.One energizes and reboots the nervous escapades of the nerdy South-Indian computer-games engineer as he moves into the world of virtual game that he creates…Or is it the other way around? The steely menace of Arjun Rampal's villainy as Ra.One as it jumps out of its virtual precincts is delineated with tremendous gusto.

    True, some of the audacious hijinks don't quite fit in. The Rajinikanth guest appearance is contrived to the point of seeming manufactured into the script for no other reason than to pay homage to Rajinikanth's recent foray into the super-hero genre in Robot.

    Indeed Ra.One moves ahead of Shankar's Robot in terms of its dexterous and devious use of technique to generate an exuberance and excitement which Manmohan Desai would've recognized and saluted.

    Shah Rukh Khan plays the two roles of the goofy scientist and the stoic robot with a relish that come naturally to the tireless entertainer. Who says Shah Rukh is no more the King? His power to ignite the screen with his energy remains intact. Kareena Kapoor as his wife brings beauty to the plot, though her character is inconsistently written. In a grossly under-written part, Arjun Rampal in the title role brings a steely edge to his part. Wish there was more of him.

    Not that the film dithers on its road to providing us with the crackling entertainment of a true-blue Bollywood entertainer. Anubhav Sinha directs with a nonchalant chutzpah, never making the mistake of taking the fantasy element too seriously, but at the same time ensuring that the plot remains convincing in its outlandishness.

    And if you haven't seen the 3D version of Ra.One then you haven't really experienced the film's true high-octane spirit.

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