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Discussion in 'RaOne (Ra.1)' started by Srkat (SRK + KAT), Oct 24, 2011.

  1. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    R.A. One' — 4 stars
    The creations of a video-game designer enter the real world With Shahrukh Khan. (2:36). NR. At Village 7, Empire 25, BIG Cinemas Manhattan. In Hindi with English subtitles.
    This wildly entertaining Bollywood action-comedy, with Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan in two roles, pays homage to such '90s flicks as "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "The Matrix," adding whimsy and loads of heart. As a video-game designer who, per his son's wishes, creates an unbeatable digital villain, Kahn is endearingly dopey, like a dancing Adam Sandler. When the baddie - R.A. One, for "Random Access One" — enters the real world, Khan then plays the sleek, robot-like G.One (or "Good One"), a heroic avatar brought to life to defeat the evildoer.
    The movie has a witty sense of punky, gaming-style esthetics that American blockbusters try for but can't quite achieve. The musical numbers, of course, make you feel great — and not just because of the snappy tunes and colorful costumes. It's also because of how sweet their celebration of celebrity feels; Khan and co-star Kareena Kapoor are adored by the camera and their fans, and seem to give adoration right back.
    "R.A.One," already the biggest presold movie in the history of Indian cinema, may be filled with genre riffs, but there's nothing robotic about it.
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  2. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member


    Shahrukh’s goody-goody fatherly character Shekhar Subramaniam mouths the following lines of wisdom to his son Prateik, “Burai sang jo mel rachaya phir kabhi naa choote uska saaya” which roughly translates to “If you join the forces of evil, there is no turning around,” in one dialogue summarizing the premise and message of Ra. One.

    Shekhar’s son Prateik is a long-haired rebel who goes by the gaming handle "Lucifer" is smitten by the dark side and thinks villains are way cooler than heroes. When he mistakes his father’s innate goodness as his weakness, his father a video game designer in an attempt to bridge the gap between the cool and not so cool vows to create a game in which the villain will never lose (Main aisa game banaunga jisme villain kabhi nahi harega).

    A colossal 150 Crore budget, A promotional campaign which started nearly a year ago and gigantic expectations attached to it - Ra. One is a mammoth undertaking which so ever way you look at it.

    It has the country’s biggest star in Shahrukh Khan, a chart buster sizzling red Chammak Challo in Kareena Kapoor and chiseled lean-mean superbaddie in Arjun Rampal.

    The ingredients are all right and all there yet Ra. One is the baazigar’s biggest baazi (the gambler’s greatest gamble) ever as skepticism surrounds whether the parts mix well together and if sum of the parts is bigger than the parts themselves.

    Albeit ambitious in approach, Ra. One in its essence and at its core is a simple story of the combat between the good one, G. One and the bad one Ra. One. Drawing conceptually from mythology, Ra. One delivers big on umpteen expectations getting across a simple message in kick-ass style.

    A visual treat from the first frame to the last, it astounds in the visual effects department. With jaw dropping stunts and edge of the seat action, it far surpasses anything we've seen on Indian celluloid ever before.

    A deathtifying concoct of the 10 baddest villains of all time Ra. One in all its forms - be it digital or real is bone-chillingly frightening. The spook factor especially works in the film’s favour as one roots for the demise of Kalyug’s Ravan at the hands of today’s Ram, G. One.

    Kareena is effortlessly natural as Sonia Subramaniam, whenever she’s in the frame and onscreen she simply steals the show. Arjun Rampal’s avatar as a bald toned Ra. One is impressive also his voice modulation to match the darkness of his character is noteworthy.

    Shahana Goswami and Tom Wu in key roles leave a mark in their respective parts.

    Onto to the onscreen father and son duo who work in perfect tandem together - Armaan Varma who plays Prateik Subramaniam and Shekhar Subramaniam/G.one played by Shahrukh Khan. Armaan stands tall in his first film delivering a confident performance while Shahrukh balances the two poles part characters with utmost conviction.

    The festive occasion of Diwali is a celebratory reminder of the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Ra. One is a cinematic reminder that a good heart is the only superpower we all need.

    Similar to its actor protagonist, Shahrukh Khan whether you love it or hate it you just cannot ignore Ra. One and must watch it. It’s a game changer for Indian cinema and takes moviemaking goes to the next level, press play on this one.
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  3. Vanisha R

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  4. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    A Bollywood Sci-Fi That's Neither


    Published: November 9, 2011

    NEW DELHI — In the Hindi film that is said to be the most expensive ever, the supervillain of a computer game escapes into the real world, pursued by a superhero, and they destroy several cars in London and one iconic colonial railway station in Mumbai.

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    The Indian actor Shahrukh Khan performed during a promotional event for Ra.One in Ludhiana, India.

    “Ra.One,” which was released across the world a few days ago, is the first genuine Hindi science-fiction film. It stars one of India’s most salable actors: Shahrukh Khan, who loves wearing somewhat tight trousers even when he is not playing a superhero. The visual effects of the film are unprecedented in Indian cinema. In the middle of action sequences, beautiful women sing and dance in 3-D. Also unprecedented in Indian cinema is a scene in which the hero places his hand unambiguously and for several seconds on the breast of the leading lady.
    The film is meant to get every Indian to see it. But it has received mostly poor reviews. People are calling friends and begging them not to watch the film.
    Just days after its release, on a public holiday, the halls were not packed. Regular Hindi film fans complain that the film is silly. But then, a typical hit Hindi film is not “Citizen Kane.” Far from it.
    Even those who are disappointed with the film do not deny that the visual effects are surprisingly good. So what is wrong with “Ra.One”?
    Could it just be that the fundamental character of Hindi film and of its huge audience is such that it dooms a Hindi sci-fi from the very start? Would there ever be a mainstream sci-fi film genre in India? That has been Mr. Khan’s belief for several years.
    He is a clever and informed man. People around him usually behave as if he were the only person in the room who reads newspapers. As an actor and a film producer, he has more than a passing interest in visual effects.
    “The first thing I learned about special effects is that they are actually called visual effects,” he told me about five years ago when I interviewed him soon after he had created a visual effects company. He was already using sophisticated technology in his films then.
    Mr. Khan spends hours playing video games with his son, and for years the boy has been pushing his star father to make a sci-fi film. Mr. Khan told me five years ago that he had no choice but to make such a film. “Ra.One” was inevitable. Considering its objectives, it is an efficient film. But there are simple reasons it was ill-fated.
    Hindi cinema has survived the cultural conquest of Hollywood in India because Hollywood cannot make Hindi films. But a sci-fi film, even if it is a Hindi sci-fi, is pitted directly against the Hollywood experience, and this is a vastly unequal battle. The economics of a major Hollywood film, which has a global market, supports a budget of a few hundred million dollars. “Ra.One,” whose billing as the most expensive Hindi film ever made is believable on screen, cost 1.35 billion rupees, or $27 million, according to Mr. Khan, which is laughably modest by Hollywood standards. So even though the effects in “Ra.One” are good, Indians have seen far better.
    There are sci-fi films that have become extraordinary hits across all age groups, genders and psychiatric states — the Matrix trilogy, for example. But usually, sci-fi, like country music or any other genre, need not be appreciated by all to be a success. A genre survives because of the indestructible affection of its core base of followers.
    They forgive moments of mediocrity in a work as long as its creator has respected the basic principles of the genre.
    Seen in this light, “Ra.One” is the weirdest sci-fi film ever. In one scene the superhero starts singing and extras stand in line and dance, shaking their admirable midriffs. All this in 3-D. A sci-fi fan would never forgive such an experience. “Ra.One” has the schizophrenic personality of trying to be at once two dramatically different genres — sci-fi and Hindi cinema.
    Also, “Ra.One” is a ridiculous film for a reason that has nothing to do with its artistic merit. In fact, it is not even the fault of “Ra.One”: The nation’s cultural mainstream is North Indian in character. South India, which is almost half the country, is somehow fringe. And the north of India perceives the south through moronic but enduring clichés. The perception is decades old. “Ra.One” feeds North Indians exactly what they think they know about South Indians.
    The protagonist of “Ra.One,” a game programmer, is from the south — a man who speaks Tamil, allegedly. Anyone who speaks Tamil would be rolling on the floor at the sound of this strange foreign language because it is mostly rubbish. So an Indian film actually does not care to get a major Indian language right.
    Also, the Tamil programmer is shown eating noodles with yogurt curds using his hand, as South Indians are believed to mix everything they eat with curds. And his standard exclamation, especially when he is surprised, is “Ayyo.” South Indians usually hear this word only when North Indians think they are mimicking South Indians.
    Is there any other nation in the world where one half is so clueless about the other half?
    Mr. Khan, in flesh and blood, is a truly jovial man. His humor usually is of a high quality. He would expect South Indians to take a joke sportingly. He has told me in the past that one thing he hates most about India is its inability to laugh at itself. But then, all that South Indians are saying is, “For God’s sake, crack a new joke.”
    Manu Joseph is editor of the Indian newsweekly Open and author of the novel “Serious Men.”

  5. bijal

    bijal Well-Known Member

    What a rubbish article in NY Times - but i am not surprise as it is written by an Indian person unlike all HW media has praised RaOne and efforts put forward by BW and SRK....Can not belive some people could not see the goodness put in the movie called "RaOne"....and again this has a lot to do with the success of Aamir and Sallu in last few years and thier fall-out with SRK - so fans are divided and it is sad for the entertainment industry!!
  6. diyacool

    diyacool Guest

    Hi Friends, I am a biiiiiiig fan of Shahrukh Khan, i like his all dialogues like call me don, and favrate one `very smart` and so many more .

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