‘Raabta’ movie review by G9 Divya Solgama
When it comes reincarnation films every decade had their own share. Though, Ashok Kumar’s ‘Mahal’ might have ignited the genre, but it was Dilip Kumar starrer classic film ‘Madhumati’ which could be termed as the right inceptor of reincarnation films. While there were some super hit films like ‘Milan’ and ‘Neelkamal’, there were many biggies like ‘Mehbooba’, ‘Kudrat’, ‘Karz’ and a few more which failed to achieve the expected success. Barring films like ‘Karz’ and ‘Karan Arjun’, most of these films had romance as its main backdrop. After a long gap here comes one more romantic film with a reincarnation theme in the form of ‘Raabta’. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Raabta’ will manage to deliver something different in this age old genre or might end up being an old wine in a new bottle.
‘Raabta’ is a story of Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) who is enjoying his new phase of life in Budapest. His best friend (Varun Sharma) informs him about a comet which would be seen only after eight hundred years and on that day many will find their soul mates. Shiv uses this theory to flirt around with local girls until one day when he meets Saira (Kriti Sanon). A strange attraction brings Shiv and Saira together and this leads to a beginning of a new life in their life. Until the arrival of a multi-millionaire Zak Merchant (Jim Sarbh), who has a centuries old past attached to Shiv and Saira. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story structure is quite similar to most of the romantic themed reincarnation based films. What makes ‘Raabta’ different is its contemporary love story and the track of villain. Almost, all the reincarnation based films had their villains intact but out here the villain also had a reincarnation track, which makes the movie theme different. The first half of this movie is highly enjoyable, engaging and intriguing. You will love the chemistry between Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon in this contemporary track. The fiery chemistry in their eyes, manages to create the ‘Raabta’ effect and sets the right amount of sexual tension between them. Right from the first meet of Sushant with Kriti followed by Sushant trying to hook with her, Sushant trying to get Kriti’s break up, the entire bonding between Sushant and Kriti, Kriti’s first meet with Jim followed by Kriti’s date wtih Jim Sarbh and few more sets the first half perfectly on the tracks, The dialogues manages to add the right amount of spice required in such films. Sadly, the second half dips down drastically. The movie goes on a repetitive mode with not much freshness in it. The periodic track lacks the magic and intensity. The makers should have strictly trimmed down a good amount of chunk in the second half of the film. Failing to which, the impact of the film gets highly diluted. The connection factor might sound good on papers, but at the time of execution, it fails to create any wonders. A couple of scenes, including Jim’s finlale track are loud and unwanted. The language used in the second part (used by Sushant Singh Rajput and Rajkummar Rao) might add more to the confusing screenplay. The cinematography is of top notch. The movie has been presented in a stylish manner and all the locations look fabulous in the film.
Music has been an essential part for any T-Series produced film and even in the case of ‘Raabta’, we have couple of foot tapping songs like ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ and ‘Main Tera Boyfriend’. In fact, ‘Main Tera Boyfriend’ is much enthusiastic than it’s original. ‘Raabta’ featuring Deepika Padukone is a visual treat for its cameo star and not the song. The background music is outstanding.
Debutant director Dinesh Vijan tries to revive the reincarnation genre back in our Hindi cinema. He does not follow the routine traits of this genre and that’s what makes ‘Raabta’ bit different than the usual love stories. The last scene of the film shows the maturity of the film maker. He also manages to create the screen chemistry between his lead actors, which is a rarity in today’s time. The only place where he is not able to handle is the second half of the film, especially the past life track. This track looked highly promising in the trailer, but out here ends up being half-baked and fails to create the required impact. There are plenty of loopholes in this part. The movie also keeps dragging in the later part due to its repetitive and bland scenes. If only these parts had the same intensity like the first half of the film, the movie would have ended up on a different note.
Sushant Singh Rajput is super charming in the film due to his energetic character. His usage of romantic one liners in the contemporary character and the angry looks in his past life character displays his potential of a good actor. Kriti Sanon looks great in her contemporary character and displays a decent act in that track. Sadly, she fails to get inside the skin of her past life character. Though, the romantic chemistry between Sushant and Kriti is something to look out for. Jim Sarbh is highly impactful in his role. Strangely, in the finale track he starts to overact and is totally loud. Rajkummar Rao looks mind blowing in his hidden avatar. Wished he had a meatier and a meaningful role. Varun Sharma is wasted. Irrfan’s narration is welcomed.
On an overall basis, ‘Raabta’ works mainly due to the sizzling chemistry in Sushant and Kriti’s eyes, which creates the Raabta effect. Sadly, the second half of the film ruins the whole fun and keeps dragging with no soul attached to it.
Rating – 3/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]