Director: Dinesh Vijan
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Jim Sarbh
Raabta is a completely screwed up movie. An average reincarnation story, lengthy and boring direction and Sushant Singh’s overacted performance, all these aspects make it an avoidable film. The movie has only a few merits but lots of flaws.
So, Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Saira (Kriti Sanon) fall in love but there is also another person who enters Saira’s life named Zak (Jim Sarbh). These three characters have a deadly past of their previous lives which is going to come alive again but will it be the same or this time, something will change?
Overall, the concept of reincarnation is not a problem for me but the way it has been handled by director Dinesh Vijan is too stretched and poor. The biggest mistake Vijan did is he didn’t use a non-linear storytelling, which was definitely the need of such a story. It’s not a rule to have non-linear direction but the modern story of Shiv-Saira was going on for 1 hour 15 minutes so audience is completely into the same time zone and then, introducing the ancient narrative is a let-down. If Dinesh Vijan could have introduced that ancient story in the first half constantly in between the present scenes, it could have raised enough interest.
Moreover, the screenplay throughout the film is weak. Be it the conversations between Shiv and Saira, their romantic fun or Zak’s talks to lure Saira, all were poorly written. Even the actual story which keeps us wondering what happened with Shiv-Saira-Zak in their previous lives is not intriguing. It ends up becoming a very generic love story.
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Raabta is a very stretched film. For 2 hour 30 minutes, you want it to just end. I don’t understand some directors’ obsession with item songs which don’t have any contribution in the film. Why Vijan is so interested in adding Deepika Padukone’s song when it only took the narrative further down and added 10 minutes to the already lengthy film?
The only thing I liked in direction is its stylish approach overall to the story. But, that cannot make up for the major cinematic deficiencies of Raabta.
Coming to performances, I never thought that Sushant Singh Rajput will be the weakest performer in the film. You watch him in Kai Po Che and then, in one of his best acts in M. S. Dhoni – The Untold Story and you know, he has a lot of potential as an actor. But in Raabta, he distorted his acting reputation. His overacting as a funny guy, trying to impress Saira and their romantic journey was inadequate. There is a hint of him getting carried away with the role and it was disappointing. This is a forgettable film for Sushant.
Kriti Sanon is surprisingly good as Saira. She looked really confident and stable with her character. When Sushant was disappointing with many scenes, it was Kriti, who kept it interesting with her sensible performance. However, her role as a princess was not as good as the modern one. She is in fact the best performer of the film.
Jim Sarbh is making big statements with his acting. After Neerja, he has once again showed he is a different actor. His introduction in the film changed the tone and added interest. He looked intense and his negative character delivery was impressive.
Raabta fails in every department of cinema. It only has style but no thoughtful direction, no sensible script or screenplay. Even Sushant Singh Rajput is a let-down. The love story and reincarnation angle doesn’t entice.