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Will the superhuman resuscitate the superstar? The jury is out on Ra.One.


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Nov 07, 2011
SRK, With Some SFX

Apropos G.One, with the Wind (Oct 24), at one point, films were popular because of their songs and singers. Then came the phase of love stories like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dil to Pagal Hai etc. Following them were ‘inspirational’ films like Lagaan, Chak de India, Swadesh, Taare Zameen Par. Now it’s the era of technology, with graphics and sfx doing all the talking. Shahrukh’s Ra.One won’t be the first and last to set the silver screen ablaze. It’s nice to see cinema adapting to the changing tastes of its audiences.

Prerna Priyakshi, Bangalore

Hardly surprising that our desi Ra.One has strong echoes of Superman 1 and 2.

Aditya Mookerjee, Belgaum

Some years ago, there was a beautiful ad for Heineken, a tall, visibly cold glass, a bit of the head spilling over the side, with the tag line: “When you make a great beer, you don’t have to make a great fuss.”

Ashok Lal, Mumbai

I wish Outlook had put Steve Jobs on the cover instead. It might have inspired many of us. Alas, it’s the same old Bollywood tripe.

Ayoung Konyak, Kohima

So far only Hollywood was using VFX. Bollywood has now belatedly caught up with the trend. One only hopes storylines don’t get submerged in the sea of special effects.

Shailesh Kumar, Bangalore

Wonder if the younger generation—exposed to the very best in SFX thanks to Hollywood—will be impressed by Shahrukh the superhero. He looks least like one.

Sajit Nambudiripad, Wayanad

Ok, SRK, I give up. I will see the movie. Now kindly spare us the onslaught on TV and the adspace. One can tolerate nausea only so much.

K. Suresh, Bangalore

Movies that come with too much hype usually end up in the can. This too might flop, SRK or no SRK.

Dinesh Kumar, Chandigarh

The comet has a burning tail, signifying its eventual burnout. SRK knows this.

Harsh Rai Puri, Bhopal

Bollywood and superheroes? The last great superhero from India was Shaktimaan! Let’s leave the superheroes to the Americans and the Japs and get enthralled with their DC vs Marvel and the Manga series.

Anoop Hosmath, Mysore

You have wrongly captioned a still from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna as Kal Ho Na Ho. Careful, Outlook!

Harish, Mumbai

A very basic error—KBC is aired on Sony, not Star!

Vivek Malik, New Delhi

We regret the errorsEditor

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1/D-83
Oct 15, 2011
02:33 PM

Do outlook really needs such cover pager article. Waste of Time, money.

 We dont  know our priorities, Do we really have  any, either it is stinking  bollywood, or suffocating cricket.  Is he of any use to the nation , other than  making some nonsense comments.

Grow up.

venkat
Erode, India
2/D-88
Oct 15, 2011
03:05 PM

Its films like these that show males as robotic, violent and unintelligent and women as intelligent, sensuous and innocent, that stereotypes genders in real life too - and making them 'play upto' their roles.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
3/D-99
Oct 15, 2011
04:11 PM

Some years ago, there was a beautiful ad for Heineken, a tall, visibly cold glass, a bit of the head spilling over the side, and the tag line : " When you make a great beer, you don't have to make a great fuss."

ashok lal
mumbai, India
4/D-103
Oct 15, 2011
05:01 PM

 The comet has a burning tail.. signifying its eventual burnout.. SRK knows this and is attempting to reinvent himself.. however, take away the songs from Ra One and say interject it in say Billu.. or replace all those guest dancers in that film.. scantily clad chorus dancers are not required to prop up a super-hero film.. and one also has a sneaking suspicion that being the astute businessperson SRK is projected as, at worst this could turn out to be the ultimate home movie for him (he's been claiming this is to fulfill his kids' desire/wish..) .. and comparisons with Robot are getting neutralized if Rajnikant makes his much touted special appearance in the film... yet its predictable that the opening 4 day weekend collections are definitely going to be awesome (when Teesmar Khan can do it.. why not this one?) and most movies today are glossy and over the top and evaporate from the public mind within weeks of release anyway.. and SRK is shrewd enough to minimise his losses... so dont be do surprised if we end up with a sequel anyways..

Harsh Rai Puri
Bhopal, India
5/D-143
Oct 15, 2011
10:53 PM

How much has SRK lost on this article ?

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
6/D-20
Oct 16, 2011
08:28 AM

Finally you too gave into the lure of quick money.
Shame on you Outlook India.
You have every right to survive, but one doesn't eat own baby, no matter how hungry one is. You have eaten your own baby, and the baby is "credibility".

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
7/D-31
Oct 16, 2011
10:15 AM

The write up could have given due credit to the humble Rajnikanth of Enthiran fame,which would have inspired this SRK movie.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
8/D-39
Oct 16, 2011
11:02 AM

What next- an IIM (Ahd) Ph.D. thesis on the Bollywood Brawn and Brawl?

KSC Nair
Indianapolis, United States
9/D-63
Oct 16, 2011
12:47 PM

what figures ??? entertaiment ?? or fight to to earn moooooooooooore ????

karamchandani
kolkata, India
10/D-71
Oct 16, 2011
01:24 PM

I wish Outlook had put Steve Jobs on the cover page and covered more about him. It would have inspired many of us. Alas! All we get is another bullshit from Bollywood.

ayoung konyak
kohima, India
11/D-135
Oct 16, 2011
11:17 PM

paid news more lucrative than ads ?

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
12/D-9
Oct 17, 2011
01:47 AM

5 out of Top 10 actors are Muslims and 01 a Christian.

And then there is a Hindu actor in the list of Top 10 whose mother is a Muslim and another one who has married a Muslim girl.

These Muslim actors have achieved their ranking without enjoying any reserved quota benefits.

This also proves that majority of Hindus (who form a lion's share of cinema viewing public) love Muslims and Christians.

Any other proof needed for Hindus being secular.

Sudhir Kumar Bisht
Delhi, India
13/D-10
Oct 17, 2011
01:51 AM

Bisht,

>> Any other proof needed for Hindus being secular.

Hindus are secular. Hindutvawadis are not secular.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
14/D-125
Oct 17, 2011
08:40 PM

 OK, here is my verdict. FLOP.... do you care? NO, so do we. Read the comments and figure out for yourself how big a FLOP this movie is going to be. Just to make it hit , this goat looking actor is coming up with games and corporates , just like he did it with IPL, everybody knows what the outcome was at IPL , and we know what will be the TRUE result for the movie will be.FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOP!

Jatinder
Vancouver, Canada
15/D-141
Oct 17, 2011
09:45 PM

Hope that RA-1 does not end up like another overhyped film whose title sounds the same but is spelt differently (Raavan).

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
16/D-160
Oct 17, 2011
11:04 PM

“The ‘Fort of Notes’ around RA-ONE proves that he is the most ‘INSECURE’ and ‘SCARED’ superhuman of all times.”

Rajneesh Batra
New Delhi, India
17/D-14
Oct 18, 2011
02:09 AM

>>> Any other proof needed for Hindus being secular.
Fortunately majority of the Indians are not fanatics. But it is minority that makes the most noise

Suresh Kamath
Edison, United States
18/D-38
Oct 18, 2011
11:15 AM

 basic fact....KBC now is aired on SONY....

vivek malik
new delhi, India
19/D-70
Oct 18, 2011
05:03 PM

 You have given a lot of details & most of them true.But it beats me how you did not know who airs the KBC show? Its Sony & not Star! major blunder. Pls check your stats & authenticity of the content you ppl post & print.

Don
chennai, India
20/D-73
Oct 18, 2011
05:39 PM

No harm in trying to recover as much as possible in first-day-first-show, before audience realise they have been taken for a ride.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
21/D-102
Oct 18, 2011
08:19 PM

  Ra One has strong undertones and overtones of the Superman series. Looking at the clips of the movie, one is reminded of the cinematograpy of Superman one and two. Arjun Rampal seriously resembles 'Zor', in Superman 2. The sky scrapers of Ra One is reminiscent of Superman 1. Superman one and Two, were the best in the Superman series. 

Aditya Mookerjee
Belgaum, India
22/D-130
Oct 18, 2011
10:54 PM

Wow!.. what a waste that is funded by financial institutions... come on ...lets stop this nonsense and lend money to real talent.

Somshankar Bose
Madison, United States
23/D-83
Oct 20, 2011
02:33 PM

 Movies that generate too much hype usually end up in the dust bin. This one with an unpronouncable name might just flop, SRK or no SRK.

Dinesh Kumar
Chandigarh, India
24/D-86
Oct 20, 2011
02:41 PM

OK SRK. I give up. I will see the movie. Now kindly take off your images/slots from TV. I can tolerate nausea only so much.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
25/D-106
Oct 27, 2011
09:27 PM

Ra.deal - What audience got.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
26/D-4
Oct 30, 2011
12:41 AM

Quite unwittingly, the one real hero to emerge in the movie is the SUV, Volkswagen Toureg!

It comes out almost unscathed, hurtling past London sundry cars, ripping through a double-decker bus, with RA.One in hot pursuit.

Yet, like all movie lore machos, in whom a tender heart beats beneath their tough exterior, it simply crumbles when 'rewarded' with a parking ticket by the cop for all its heroics! 

So, at least one brand partner should not whinge, if things don't quite work out for the movie.

sarvesh srivastava
Gurgaon, India
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