Movie Review: Zero
Producer- Gauri Khan
Director: Aanand L. Rai
Star Cast- Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan . Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub and Tigmanshu Dhulia
More Style, Less Content!
At a time when Bollywood has started mopping up more films with fantastic content, you clap with happiness when you hear that a film is being made with a coarse and cocksure midget that too none other than star Shah Rukh Khan as the protagonist but then you are in store for a big disappointment. When a gigantic film is touted via a massive publicity blitzkrieg, it whips up a lot of appetite in you but alas when you set out to see the film your heart starts sinking. Yes. I am talking about Zero, which I saw yesterday after sitting through not one or two but five films at the 17th Asian Third Eye Film Festival including the wonderful closing film from Turkey called Zer.
It is a pity that director Aanand L. Rai who generally lays a lot of emphasis on his solid plots has failed this time and concentrated more on his stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma at the cost of the theme. The film revolves around Bauua Singh, 4’6” (Shah Rukh Khan) who chases the wheel chair bound cerebral palsy Aafia (Anushka Sharma) and professes love to her but develops cold feet when he is attracted to the posters of starlet Bharathi Kumari (Katrina Kaif) and runs away from the wedding mandap on the day of the marriage between the two, but when she in turn dumps him after her fall out with her co-actor (Abhay Deol), he boomerangs back to Aalifa.
To his credit, I should say that Shah Rukh Khan delivers a good performance but since his role is basically a negative one, he fails to whip up our emotional chords. Katrina Kaif is good while Anushka Sharma goes overboard at times. Aanand L Rai’s regular writer Himanshu Sharma comes up with a defective screenplay while music director duo Ajay Atul fail to deliver even one memorable track though art direction by Madeline O’Brien and J.P. Gutierrez is good. Editing by Hemal Kothari leaves a lot to be desired as the film deserves to be trimmed by at least half an hour when it only keeps on meandering. To sum up, I’d say that the film is less content and more style. Sadly the film is a big letdown, because we expected a miracle from the combo of Aanand L Rai and SRK.
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