Raabta movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon film is a rom con

Raabta movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput has moments and he makes the most of it, but suavity is not one of his strengths. Kriti Sanon is a surprise, having made clear strides since we saw her last. And one of our best actors, Rajkummar Rao, is hidden under layers of latex.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2017 7:05 pm
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Raabta movie cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Jim Sarbh, Varun Sharma, Rajkummar Rao
Raabta movie director: Dinesh Vijan
Raabta movie rating: 1.5 stars

Some questions arise after Raabta has been seen, chief amongst which is one that comes up every time Bollywood tries, and fails, to do a cracking romance. Why is Bollywood incapable of pulling off a full-length film with a pair of lovers connecting, pulling apart, coming together?

Sometimes, in the pursuit of true love, a life-time can be too little. Here we spend two and a half hours with Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput), Saira (Kriti Sanon) and Zak (Jim Sarbh), and it seems endless, simply because after a nice start, the film goes downhill shockingly rapidly. And stays there.

For the purpose of the record, we note that the trio—both Shiv and Zak are vying for the affections of the pretty Saira — are given Budapest as a scenic playground. The city is used well, and there are enough sparks between Shiv, banker and incorrigible flirt, and Saira, baker and maker of delicious pastry, to keep us engaged.

And then the film takes a backward leap into the past, and it’s all south from there on. There’s only a glancing plot-point resemblance to SS Rajamouli’s ‘Magadheera’: the rest is all clunky computer graphics and waterfalls and growling-warriors-spouting-pidgin and one of our best actors (Rajkummar Rao) hidden under layers of latex. Rajput has moments he makes the most of, but suavity is not one of his strengths. Sanon is a surprise, having made clear strides since we saw her last, but a little more depth in the way she was written would have been welcome. Ditto with the thinly-conceived-villain-of-the-piece Sarbh, who is totally over-the-top.

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And that brings us back to the questions. Why does the plot, which has no trouble stitching scenes in which Rajput and Sanon display credible chemistry– good to see the heady attraction between girl and guy leading to a logical combust–suddenly slide? Where does the focus go?

As you sit there wondering when all of it—involving a ‘dhumketu tara’ which will be near the earth after 800 years, underwater jugglery, and borrowed flashes from various films– will end, it comes to you l: this is no rom com. It is just a big rom con.

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    Weekly vomiting lady
    Jun 13, 2017 at 7:59 am
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      Weekly vomiting lady
      Jun 13, 2017 at 7:58 am
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        SAM
        Jun 12, 2017 at 5:41 pm
        Why does one state its all going South when one wants to state a downward slide - is it not correct and derogatory to Southerners?? - just simply state downward slide.....
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          Padi
          Jun 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm
          It's not an Indian idiom. Don't get offended so easily.
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              ams
              Jun 10, 2017 at 2:35 am
              its a "rom con"??????? Now whatever the fkc that means!!!!
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                M
                Jun 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm
                It is not COPIED - Court's decision .....ha....talk about it now you bunch of ???? Even magadheera copied from other tv shows and movies but people like to sabotage..so BIASED RAABTA team should have paid reviewers - Reviewers now a days are not honest at all, they like to get paid for even reviewing films!!
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                  M
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 10:52 pm
                  Accept that you were not PAID for reviews like other films. Atleast be honest when you review films....People are biased (Court decided against allu aravind but they still keep ranting and try to sabotage - Even magadheera copied or took inspiration from many other tv shows and movies but this movie narration is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT) Raabta is a great film....not sure about behen hogi teri but raabta is amazing. I like films such as TALVAR, Dangal, Bajirao, Hindi Medium, Bajrangi - you can get a picture on what type of films I like and I am saying that it is a Great Film.
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