Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Jim Sarbh and Varun Sharma
Dinesh Vijan, Homi Adajania, Bhushan Kumar
Reincarnation makes a ‘comeback’ – What? You find that cheesy!!! Then you might not really like RAABTA. However, if you are satisfied with a fair amount of eye-candy, a few smooches and one or two good songs, RAABTA IS JUST THE FILM FOR YOU.
Shiv (Sushant) is a banker. He is your ordinary romeo trying to add notches on his bedpost with every hot girl he sees. Except, he doesn’t want to be ordinary, he wants a little magic, he wants a little action (besides what he gets in bed) and he wants a happily ever after. He has an odd way of going about his life, but he is good to look at! He instantly falls for Saira, a chocolatier who shares his interest in cheesy dialogues and activities in bed. Right from breaking off with her boyfriend (in a rather ruthless way) to being on the brink of an engagement, Shiv and Saira go super-fast into the relationship. Surprisingly, they decide to give each other a week before they accept their relationship is meant for life, but a lot can happen over a week. Saira meets Zak Merchant (Jim Sarbh) – a liquor baron whose mysterious ways are in direct contrast with Shiv’s and end up intriguing Saira. Being swept off by Merchant (a bit too literally for her liking), Saira comes face to face with the past that’s still seeking redemption.
Dinesh Vijan got a decent storyline, a handsome budget (what with Budapest and the Game-of-thrones-like-flashbacks he could afford) and a promising starcast for his debut venture. But he managed to miss investing in the bigger picture – a good screenplay. While the skeleton of the story is interesting, Vijan failed to put flesh onto the bones! A reincarnation film with its two timelines is a grand canvas for any director to exploit. The different textures, the different mannerisms of the actor can be a vast terrain waiting to be explored. While Vijan made some ambitious choices in screenplay, he failed in execution. The past, which is the core of the film, is blotched. You have no idea what is happening at times. You cannot understand the dialogues because the diction is distorted. Thankfully, the diction is not consistent, so you do manage to understand pieces of the flashback while you are not enamored by its lush visuals. But it is over as abruptly as it started. Thus making the ‘incentive’ for reincarnation rather weak to accept!
The only saving grace in the film is Jim Sarbh, who manages his part impeccably. From the moment he lands on the screen a little before the interval, the linear graph of the film takes a leap. His ease in his awkwardness is charming. He manages to really play his part with chilling stillness which makes him more unpredictable. His calm is more appealing and pronounced because you have already been subjected to an hour of Sushant Singh Rajput numbing your senses with his over-the-top acting. We all know what Sushant is capable of provided he gets fine-tuned by someone with experience and expertise, Vijan unfortunately was not the right person for Rajput. Most of the times, only Saira seemed to liking Shiv’s jokes! We are not blaming the dialogues because there are some rather quirky ones, but SSR has some work to do on his dialogue delivery. Kriti Sanon looks ‘patakha’ but that’s that. Her body language in the flashback is stiff (especially during the chase which was to establish the chemistry between Sushant and her) and expressions needed a little more variety! Which leaves us with Varun Sharma, who has mastered his side-kick act to perfection. He does manage to bring a smile. His chemistry with SSR is at par with that of Kriti and Sushant. Let’s end by passing kudos to Anaita Shroff Adajania for the styling and Martin Preiss for the cinematography because they are truly the highlights of the film!