Zero Movie Review{2/5}: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka, Katrina Take Off On A Bizarre Ride

Zero Movie Review{2/5}: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka, Katrina Take Off On A Bizarre Ride

Zero Movie Review{2/5}: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka, Katrina Take Off On A Bizarre Ride Reviewed by on . Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sheeba Chaddha, Brijendra Kala 

Director: Anand L. Rai 

Duration: 2 hours, 25 minutes 

Language: Hindi
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Zero Movie Rating

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sheeba Chaddha, Brijendra Kala 

Director: Anand L. Rai 

Duration: 2 hours, 25 minutes 

Language: Hindi
Zero Rating
POOR
Plot 

When a vertically-challenged man meets a woman with cerebral palsy, spark fly between them. And in a bid to go the extra mile, the story goes all the way from India to USA to space, where fantasy meets fiction and ends with a twist. 

Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif starrer Zero movie is quite a disappointment.

It rarely happens that when a combination of a good director and a good actor come together, a film would turn out to be a disaster. But Shah Rukh Khan and Anand L. Rai’s ‘Zero’ is nothing more than a disappointment. Although it looks promising, the extremely absurd second half and an insipid love triangle become so tedious after a while that the audiences are unable to decipher what the duo wants to convey in the first place.

Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is a vertically-challenged man from Meerut. Though he is short-heighted, nothing has shaken his core and the man is always at his happy best. People call him ‘bauna’ and belittle him, but that doesn’t matter to him most of the times, though sometimes he makes his annoyance clear. At 38 years of age, he is trying desperately hard to find a suitable match for himself.

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Chance brings him in touch with a NASA scientist Aafia Bhinder (Anushka Sharma), who is part-Afghani part-Punjabi. Aafia is battling cerebral palsy but the fiesty, young, wheelchair-bound woman does not shy away from the fact that she is not like everyone else. A speaker of international repute, Aafia loves talking about her condition with her head held high.

A broken film star Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) is facing a rough patch and it all comes around to Bauua Singh at the helm of things. Bauua and Aafia meet and an unusual friendship strikes between the two. But now Bauua is faced with a tough situation. Babita loves him, he loves Aafia.

The film then takes us on a tour of USA, where the story takes an altogether different route. It only starts to go from illogical to mindless and the audiences tend to feel somewhat lost. There is no coherence and the longer than usual second half is more than a tedious task to sit through.

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Anand L. Rai gave us the visually-striking, replete-with-entertainment ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ and its equally better sequel, but misfires with ‘Zero’. A long list of actors in cameos too does not help his purpose. A story with zero logic towards the end is not what viewers had expected from a director, who is an expert at bringing forth small-town stories that touch the heart.

Shah Rukh Khan seems to have lost his charm. First it was ‘Happy New Year’, then ‘Dilwale’, then ‘Fan’ and now ‘Zero’. In a bid to reinvent himself, the superstar has only gone on to sign films that are not strong in terms of script. His act is great as Bauua, but the script laden with loopholes let him down. Anushka Sharma as the cerebral palsy patient is not consistent in her act, though she goes out of her way to look realistic. Katrina Kaif on the other hand, is just Katrina Kaif from all her other films.

Loose editing, a weak screenplay and an indecisive script are the villains of the movie. A daring subject that could otherwise have been handled with maturity only turns out to be a caricature. Songs are average except for the ‘Mera naam tu’ track, which is soothing and mellifluous. However, the saucy one-liners and the actors speaking UP dialect take the cake.

All in all, with a story that goes from Meerut to Mars, ‘Zero’ fails to convince us. Another one of SRK’s experiments goes haywire. The film is entertaining but only in bits and parts. Strictly a one-time watch.

Eventznu Rates Zero: * *

 

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