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Ra. One

Rated NR 156 min. 2011

Shekar (Shah Rukh Khan) is a nerdy video game designer with a stunning wife (Kareena Kapoor) and a bratty son, Prateek (Armaan Verma). Prateek eggs on his dad to design a virtual villain who cannot be defeated. Hence, Ra.One (pronounced like Raavan, the fearsome demon of the Ramayana) mysteriously leaps off the computer screen, endangering Shekar's family. This, Bollywood's most expensive film (rumored budget of $30 million, a Hollywood pittance), is also SRK's pet project. Special effects are slick, especially a runaway train, but the film lacks Hindi cinema's beating heart. Perhaps there were too many writers juggling CGI set pieces, but the noisy film lacks vital investment in character. Arjun Rampal enjoys himself—but not too much—as Ra.One, and the score has one certified hit, "Chammak Challo," sung by Akon. Undeserving of the scorn heaped upon it, the film still pales before the reigning Bollywood superhero, Hrithik Roshan's Krrish.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.raonemovie.com

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Writer: David Benullo and Shah Rukh Khan

Producer: Gauri Khan

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami and Tom Wu

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