Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One

SRK’s sci-fi flick is a hamfest that refuses to embrace the corn

Movie: Ra.One

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Rajinikanth

The opening scene of Ra.One has Shah Rukh Khan on a horse, on his way to save desi girl Priyanka Chopra from the clutches of (nayak nahi) khalnayak Sanjay Dutt, who has just tapkaoed Spiderman. The damsel in distress is overjoyed to see SRK and swoons at every move he makes, and when they’re about to kiss, Sanjay Dutt interrupts them by asking them why they’re at it again. Oh, and before facing Sanjay Dutt, Shahrukh Khan had to slay Bruce Lee’s three daughters – Iski Lee, Uski Lee aur Sabki Lee.

This is a dream Shah Rukh Khan’s son (in the movie) has, but it gives you a very good idea of how SRK’s most ambitious home production is going to be. You may be forgiven for thinking “Ra.One” has been scripted and directed by Farah Khan.

Written and directed by Anubhav Sinha, Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One is a hamfest that refuses to embrace the corn. SRK gets slapped, kicked in the crotch, and lands on his balls emulating Michael Jackson’s moves. The jokes get so lame that it is impossible to take the movie seriously. You don’t feel bad when Shah Rukh Khan is killed by Ra.One, the villain of a game SRK has created. Ra.One gets out of the virtual world and enters ours to kill Lucifer, who has to continue and finish the game because there is no exit; Lucifer is the name SRK’s son Prateek has chosen to play video games as, and he must fight Ra.One, get killed by him, and only then will the game be over. SRK returns as G.One to save his son, but the bad jokes and slapstick comedy don’t stop even then.

Ra.One can take the form of anything he touches, and the final form he takes is Arjun Rampal’s. Arjun Rampal does a great job at being expressionless, and he gets his crotch grabbed by Shah Rukh Khan. When he asks SRK what he’s doing, SRK says he doesn’t know. We know what he’s doing – he’s doing what we expect that idiot Salman Khan to do: insert crass humour in an action sequence.

Kareena Kapoor goes about her business of doing nothing in movies; playing the heroine to the Khans is her comfort zone and it doesn’t look like she wants to step out of it.

Rajnikanth – what a joke his cameo is. Rajnikanth is in the movie for the sake of it. He steps out of a magnetic car, identifies G.One (SRK), gets identified by him and Kareena Kapoor and the wannabe funny guy and the audience.

Shah Rukh Khan had the greatest chance to make a terrific superhero/ sci-fi flick – all he had to do was keep the humour clean. But it’s hard to take a movie seriously when its superstar hero takes the audience for granted. Ra.One is a disappointing watch.

RATING:  2/5

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27 Responses to “Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One”

  1. 1 amit
    October 19, 2011 at 20:19

    desperatly waiting for it!


  2. October 20, 2011 at 13:10

    Hey, everybody… here’s something till the movie comes out. One of my Buzz 18 posts: SRK vs Mallya!



  3. 10 Anonymous
    October 26, 2011 at 15:45

    seriously they referenced bruce lee’s daughters as iski lee,uski lee n sabki lee??bollywood is coming up with a new type of humour -the disgustingly idiotic pun.


  4. October 26, 2011 at 16:46

    i dont really watch Hindi movies unless its directed by one TLV PRASAD or KANTI SHAH….. but i must admit i have got a boner on several occasions checking out kareena in those tight blouses…. they should have named the movie BRA ONE… instead…. cheers


  5. 14 KP
    October 26, 2011 at 17:13


    why a reference to “Hamfest”…i mean ..that sounds positively delightful..a festival of HAM …whaaaat?

    and i am sorry but for me anything from SRK after his baazigar and darr days is going to be pure trash.

    i heard they are making a sequel to Mr India with that no good Salmon Khan..yes its spelt Salmon, playing Mugambo..i mean CAMON Bollywood..do u have the fuck up your best legacy?


    • October 26, 2011 at 17:22

      Because SRK’s hamming away as usual… and the others have a licence to ham along because it’s SRK’s home production. You said it, man – Baazigar is THE movie.

      Even I don’t get how Salman Khan will play Mogambo… Amrish Puri was a great actor, and Salman Khan… 😐

      We can only sit back and laugh… and mourn when he thrusts his pelvis at the kids. 😦

      I’m glad you brought this up. I was at my parents’ a few days back and my brother was watching Mr India on some channel and I got to watch Amrish Puri’s intro scene… Fuck, he established his badassness in a few seconds. True villainy, man… they don’t make ’em like that anymore.


  6. October 27, 2011 at 07:52

    (Doing the I told you so dance)

    I never expected the movie to be enchanting but you didn’t say anything about the much hyped vfx.


  7. October 27, 2011 at 14:21

    I enjoyed watching the movie. Reminded me of Jumanji and Iron Man (the heart).


  8. 20 Sp
    November 1, 2011 at 20:12

    SRK with ZERO acting skills should be thrown-ed out of Cinema world. SRK has proved with Ra.One that he is a bewa-koof (idiot) who bet on director shankar to better his movie – Robot (Endhiran in Tamil). My sincere advice to all those who havent watched his dump flick, pls. DONT WAISTE your TIME n MONEY.

    Another bakwaas movie feather on his CAP.


  9. November 5, 2011 at 18:57

    I dnt evn cnsidr it as a movie , i mean dat ws too lame , how cn evn shahrukh nd kareena agree 4 dng such a stupid , senseles movie


  10. November 11, 2012 at 19:51

    As I said in another entry, it’s really becoming very painful to watch Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan in their opinionated self-productions each year.


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