First day first show of Ra.One . Thank my lucky temporal cosmologies that it released during the Diwali holidays
Purpose of such expensive movies
I now believe in a certain theory about a direct correlation between mega budgets and positioning a visual treat as the foremost USP of a film.
The most expensive Indian movie made to date (surpassing the budget of the previous topper, Enthiran) gives what such a mega-budgetory extravaganza promises …. a visual treat which in itself is a thing of awe for the average Indian movie-goer. ( Talk about the Indian success of Enthiran or Avatar, for example)
Anyway nothing wrong in it. How else do you justify , what else can you possibly contrive with super budgets other than have tons and tons of special & digital effects 🙂
One important conceptual point 😉
G-One (the good digital guy played by SRK) and Ra-One (the bad digital guy played by Arjun Rampal …yes! Ra.One is Rampal , not SRK as some gullible chaps might be strutting around thinking!!!) are digital manifestations made of optical fibres or electromagnetic rays coalesced into tangible manifestations of energy; whatever! I don’t really know ! But mind you ! They are not robots or any sort of mechanical beings made of metal…
Ra.One = Major plot from Terminator 2: Judgement day + Hero powers & special effects of Iron Man + Villain’s creation-idea from Virtuosity
Bien sur! The whole virtual man protecting the kid idea is straight out of Terminator 2.
The HART concept about a high-technology core that resembles a human heart embedded into both G-One and Ra-One, is a direct lift-off from Iron Man. The whole optical fibre shit from where the AI filled gaming characters come out into the real world , is Virtuosity…
The special appearances and gimmicks
The kid’s dream featuring Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt (as Khal Nayak) in the opening scene . And even the three imaginary Chinese ladies called Uski -Lee (lol ! ) , Teri-Lee (Rofl !) and Sabki Lee (Lmao!)! All these are there only for the whole SRK-Ego-trip phenomenon which we are getting to see more and more these days (For a similar observation, watch the Don2 trailer with the slogan, The king is back 😉 )
Well ! Well ! But me being a fan and all , I wouldn’t really crib too much about it . The gimmickry in question was actually pretty visually breathtaking (SRK fighting Khal Nayak ((Sanjay Dutt)) with the latter rapid firing punch-dialogues that would make your laughter nerves itch )
They were good very good. For an Indian movie, the effort and soul put into the action sequences and related effects is quite visible.Sometimes you might wonder what’s the point ? But this is an action flick and thats how action flicks around the world are ….
The real Ra.one stands up
Arjun Rampal is amazing as the villainish Ra.One with his whole voice, his physique and sense of random alacrity. He was good ! Perhaps they should have given him a little more air-time rather than focus on G-one’s goofy doofy humor in the second half.
I don’t need to analyze this 🙂 But I had to mention it 😉
Here are some more reviews to look at… TOI, imdb, rediff, DC
As for me, I like it ..not as much I would like a brilliant movie, but the way I would like a popcorn-fare! Though the concepts have all been borrowed , re-hashed and jumbled up from Holly wood sci-fi movies, the execution of the movie shows the effort and the heart put into the movie. And for that , my appreciation! Anyway, whatever the SRK-bashers might be tempted to say, nothing is going to stop the movie from becoming a profitable venture (for all we know, it probably had already recovered its money from distribution sales even before the movie’s release)