Ra One (2011) Review – Details, Movie Review, Music Review

Star Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma, Sanjay Dutt (Special appearance), Priyanka Chopra (Special appearance), Satish Shah, Dalip Tahil, Shahana Goswami, Suresh Menon, Tom Wu and Rajinikanth (Special appearance)

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Producer: Gauri Khan and Shahrukh Khan

Music Directors: Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani

Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani, Niranjan Iyengar, Kumaar, Panchhi Jalonvi, Anvita Dutt Guptan, and Anubhav Sinha

Audio: T-Series

Genre: Sci-Fi

India’s very own superhero seems to be creating a lot of hype all around. Shahrukh’s idea of giving our country its very own super hero is on the way to materialization. The promotional activities of the movie are such that it is really hard for one to not have knowledge of its upcoming release. There seems to be nothing left behind in the modern day marketing strategy for Ra.One. Be it computer games, merchandises, or other goodies Ra. One has all. Let’s take a sneak-peak into King Khan’s upcoming effort.
Directed by Anubhav Sinha, the Bollywood science-fiction endeavour featuring Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Karoor and Arjun Rampal is being produced under the Red Chillies Entertainment Banner. It is Shahrukh Khan’s home production and quite understandable why he’s put his heart and soul into the movie. David Benullo has done the writing bit but the screenplay was purely in Shahrukh’s hands. Also the story is by Anubhav Sinha and the lyrical duo Vishal- Shekhar is doing the music. The most interesting bit of the music is the inclusion of international pop sensation Akon.
The movie is at present scheduled to be released on the 26th of this month.
The basic framework of this movie revolves around Jeevan (Shahrukh Khan). The person concerned is a software engineer residing in Miami. Jeevan keeps playing a particular video game where he tries to defeat the villain Ra.One.
Jeevan’s son also has an important part to play in the movie. His relationship with his father is one of the main driving forces behind Jeevan’s developing the video game which lands everyone in a spot. Jeevan designs the super video game villain to impress his son however the villainous program soon turns self aware and kills the father.
It’s after this that the son has to fight out the supervillain with the hero of the game who is an exact impression of his father. In the desire to extract the superhero from the game the father son duo bond in a way that had happened never before.

Ra. One Movie Review

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There is no doubt that super hero movies were not so popular in the Hindi film industry until Krrish and Robot created great impact on the minds of audiences. Today, major film banners and producers are trying to come up with their own brands of super heroes and SRK is no exception to this theory. Ra One directed by Anubhav Sinha and produced by Gauri Khan is one such movie that might changed the way people watch their super hero movies. The movie stars Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma, Dalip Tahil, Shahana Goswami, and Rajnikanth.

The plot of the movie revolves around Shekhar Subramaniam (Shahrukh) and Prateek (Armaan) who share a very nice father-son relationship. Shekhar is a gaming expert who also shares a dream that he becomes a super hero for his son. However, Prateek has different ideologies and he believes that super villains are better than regular super heroes. Shekhar tries to impress his son Prateek by clashing Ra One against a good guy called G. One. However, this game changes their lives forever in the future.

On the performance level, Shahrukh Khan has made sure that the character of G.One fits well to his acting abilities. The movie is designed for Shahrukh Khan and therefore he looks great in every frame in father as well as G.One character. He never tries to overact or look too foolish in the role that he is essaying. It feels like Shahrukh Khan has done detail research on the character and how he will impress the audiences in different ways. Kareena Kapoor on the other hand is equally good in her role as Sonia. She is really brilliant in all her emotional scenes, but at the same time she looks really hot in songs like Chammak Challo which is good. Nothing goes well if the anti-hero is not as powerful as the protagonist of the movie and Arjun Rampal does full justic to his role of Ra One. He has good looks which makes him look great and therefore it adds to the overall looks of the story. Technically, the movie is beyond superlative when compared to other fantasy super hero movies. SRK has made sure that his dream movie is nothing less than international blockbuster and for that he has hired some of the best visual effects team and added some really good sound effects as well. Overall, Ra One is a visual treat that you can watch for more than two hours. The suits designed by Robert Kurtzman are brilliant and nothing less that Hollywood apparels. The music of the movie is already making rounds on various music charts with songs like Chammak Challo and Dildaara which are the best in the lot. The cinematography by V. Manikandan and Nicola Pecorini is brilliant because it gives you great views of some stunning chase scenes and action shots.

To conclude, Ra One is definitely going to make some history in the Bollywood for the kind of visual effects and sound effects that is brings to the Indian audiences. Shahrukh Khan has made sure that people and especially kids enjoy the movie and hopefully Ra One would become a franchise in the future with more versions of Ra One that one may see in the future. However, it all depends on the audiences if they love this super hero flick because there are very few super hero flicks that have made their mark in Bollywood so far.

Ra.One Music Review

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Music is something which no bollywood film today can do without, Ra.One is no exception. The music of Ra. One is without a doubt one of the best things about the movie. Vishal-Shekhar have done an amazing job at working on the melody of the movie. In addition international rap star Akon has only added more versatility to the music of the movie. “Chammak Challo” is already ruling the chartbusters.
With 15 soundtracks, the movie is rich with music and has a lot to promise to global fans. Is it really worth the hype? Let’s find out.
Starting off with something that’s on everybody’s lips, “Chammak Challo” is indeed the talk of the town today. Akon’s funky tone adds magic to the soundtrack. Making Akon sing on a hindi track was in no way an easy job as some of the sources specified. However the international pop star showed a very keen interest in the track and proved to be a very quick learner. Add to that the versatile genres and instrumental beats of the magical duo Vishal-Shekhar. It was indeed a wise decision to use the track in promoting the movie as it just seems to linger in your vocal chords. Another version of this song adds bhangra beats to the track and further lifts up the spirit of the track. There is no doubting that this song is gonna rule both the chartbusters for quite some time.
Another popular track Dildara an adaptation of the popular Stand by me is written by Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller and Ben E King. Vishal-Shekhar has again created magic here using Gospel music. This genre does not fail to touch you to the very core of your heart.
Bhare Naina is another example of the amazing touch of Gospel music though with fine touches of Indian classical music. Singer Nandini Shrikar has given an amazing voice to the track with her classicak voice. One can now easily compare her singing to other classical veterans like Rekha Bharadwaj, Richa Sharma and Shilpa Rao. The fusion of western and Indian instruments is just a classic example of soulful music thanks to the amazing skills of Vishal-Shekhar.
Right by your side is another power-packed college themed track voiced in a boying sing song charm of Siddarth Coutto. The track gives one the feel good ambience in the light moments of the movie. Vishal-Shekhar then pay tripute to the great R.D. Burman in the track Raftaarein. Voice modulation in grumbling tones makes it an absolutely thrilling number. Jiya Mora Ghabraye has the power packed voice of Sukhwinder Singh and Vishal Dadlani on backup vocals. A fast track which glides one through the dark moments of the movie thed background music here is just to die for.
All the background scores and themes be it the superhero’s theme or the song of the end never fails to disappoint. It has both the melancholic and melodramatic touch to the orchestra. Nostalgia looms at large as the music touches all those passionate about music.

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