Director: Dinesh Vijan
Stars: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Jim Sarabh, Rajkummar Rao
Release Date: 09 June 2017
This film tells the story of two seemingly ordinary individuals, going about their lives until their paths cross and they realize that they belong with one another. Unaware of a connection that was forged several hundred years ago, Shiv and Saira are inexplicably drawn to each other, and it takes them on a hysterical rollercoaster of love, intrigue, entertainment and life (twice over!).
Raabta, a beautiful word that means connection between two souls, something which cannot be explained in words, but can only be felt, for how many times in one lifetime, do we have a feeling of strong déjà vu for a person, a feeling so strong that we don’t know why we are drawn towards him or her. The story of Dinesh Vijan’s ‘Raabta’ is about two such individuals, Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput), and Saira (Kriti Sanon), who fall in love so swiftly due to raabta between them, that they are swept away.
First let us talk about what we loved in the movie. The music is beautiful and flows with mood of the movie, slow, soft, and beautiful. Deepika Padukone looks enchanting in the recreated version of Pritam’s own ‘Raabta’ from ‘Agent Vinod’, a version which we have now started to like a lot more than we did when it was launched. Secondly, the chemistry of Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput is explosive. The moment they are together, sparks flow and crackles of confetti start pouring romance on our hearts. These two are simply stunning together and you can’t keep your eyes off them.
The screenplay is swift, though it lags a bit in parts. The first half which is full of love and laughter, ends on an abrupt note that will have you biting your nails and wait for the interval to end. Jim Sarbh’s evil parts will genuinely give you goosebumps.
Sadly, the goods end just here. Now, the bad starts. Firstly, contrary to all the claims, this is not a copy of South blockbuster ‘Magadheera’. Now that we have kept that aside, this is indeed a reincarnation drama. But, the story of the past, for which Sushant and Kritii had undergone such stiff training, falls flat, and so does the second half, the built up to which in the first half had been so good. The sequences are so long at times that you can actually procrastinate.
Kriti is good in the movie and she has certainly got more scope than all her past movies combined. However, her character still is half-baked, pun intended. Same is the case with the brilliance that we know are Sushant Singh Rajput and Jim Sarbh. Such fine actors, when they are underutilized, it pains you as a critic, especially when you have seen them performing magic on screen. The story of ‘Raabta’ is the same old tried and tested one, that of lovers not uniting in the past lives and taking re-births, but what happens next is where all the makers of the reincarnation sagas have to be innovative. The makers here have tried, we will give them credit for that, but somehow it failed to impress us.
All in all, we will give this ‘Raabta’ 2.5/5. One star for the fabulous chemistry, one star for the excellent first half and half a star for the music that bound us. You can give this one a watch, but do not expect anything out of the ordinary.