Raabta: An Unoriginal Catastrophe
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
If you’re planning to watch Raabta, be warned. This is one monotonous, tiring and senseless disaster there is no coming back from. What makes such a film worse? A prominent streak of unoriginality the film wears while rehashing every piece of fiction including Game of Thrones and Irandam Ulagam.
Set in Budapest, the first half of Raabta will introduce you to Shiv, a banker and Saira, a chocolatier. Once he lays his eyes on her, a persistent Shiv relentlessly stalks Saira and makes her fall in love with him. Their cotton-candy colored relationship sets foot in mysterious waters as Saira starts to encounter nightmares of a strange yet familiar world.
The second half takes you into that strange world and this is where your nightmares begin to unravel.
For a film that dives so deep into fiction, Raabta is shockingly unimaginative. The character’s appearances in the second half seem to be poorly inspired from Game of Thrones Dothraki Tribe meets warrior princess of Asoka. As though there weren’t enough unintended comedy in the film to ridicule, a three hundred year old character played by Rajkummar Rao makes a laughable appearance. Why would anyone waste such a fine actor in such a nonsensical role? Well, this seems to be director Dinesh Vijan’s mission all through Raabta.
Films dealing with reincarnation if doused in creativity can make for fascinating entertainment. Take I Origins for instance, while dealing with reincarnation and spiritualism at its core, it still manages to beautifully surprise you with its invigorating blend of Science and Religion. But Raabta never even tries. The fact that it finds it okay to lift and borrow without exploring its premise wholeheartedly is what makes the experience all the more frustrating.
Even if you look past the shoddily written second half, the film has one too many troubling inferences to ignore. The way Shiv unapologetically stalks Saira and the manner in which she extends acceptance to this off-putting behavior is disturbing to say the least.
The Romantic portions are also idealized and dramatized way too much. How hard is it to showcase a real, modern romance that is both relatable and existent? Their love story is so idealized; they might as well be dancing around trees.
Sushanth tries to keep up the energy of his character but this poorly written role pulls him down in many places. Even though Kriti Sanon’s performance in the first half is relatively better, she is inconsistent in the second half. Jim Sarbh as Zak is more creepy than mysterious. In the second half he is too overpowering and dramatic.
The only two aspects of Raabta that are actually appealing are the special effects and cinematography. This film most certainly does not deserve such magnificent visuals and impeccable VFX.
Getting in line with the screenplay, Raabta’s music too is unoriginal. The songs are recycled versions of Pritam’s previous works. This can only be deemed fitting for a film that carelessly borrows plot twists.
On the whole, Raabta is an unoriginal catastrophe that will drench you in its boredom and leave you frustrated. By all means, stay far, far away from this film.