Raabta Movie Review: Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon heat it up but the reincarnation tale is passé | PINKVILLA

2021-1-3

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The scorching chemistry between Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon in Raabta just validates that twin souls do exist.





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Do you believe in reincarnation? Like two souls united by destiny, their story carved in stone and meeting in another lifetime… It worked for us, at least by concept. And the scorching chemistry between Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon just validates that twin souls do exist. Are they that good? After a long time, there is an on screen pair with such evidently vivacious and vibrant rapport. They look perfect, their bond is almost magical from the word go. Raabta rides on this and of course, its lead men – Rajput and Jim Sarbh, both of who you can’t take you eyes off. In terms of screen length, Sushant takes the cake. He looks perfectly sculpt, acts adequately cheesy and is quite the lover boy you can never imagine him as. It’s been a while one has seen him in that avatar but Dinesh Vijan knows which energy to extract from him. But despite the picturesque locations, the slick frames, the Budapest skyline luring with its golden shades, something doesn’t work in the film. It’s really random how people fall in love in this one. They meet for the first time and say deep dialogues like they’ve known each other for life. In today’s day and age, when relationships are transient, it doesn’t matter or remotely make sense. Vijan never invests in building the connection and back story between the romantic characters, thereby, making the romance feel weak.

Saira and Shiv meet at her chocolate store. They fall in love and are practically janam janam ke saathi from next day. Then there are scattered scenes about past live dreams. Thankfully, the silliness of reincarnation is something that eventually becomes a long standing joke. Sushant makes fun of it repeatedly, his character giving the film that much needed jolt of reality. Jim Sarbh’s character lacks meat. It’s a miracle how the actor manages to perform despite the poorly etched part. You never know much about him or the cause of his menace. His pain never becomes palpable. As the film moves between two time zones, Jim Sarbh’s pain never becomes an entity by itself. His love for Kriti, then and now, never hits hard enough.

The 30 minute of the movie that dedicates itself to a world set 800 years ago is cinematographically fantastic. The make up, look, styling everything works except the story itself. Betrayal, deceit, love and trust which forms the core of the film are never explored fully; they remain concepts scratched on the surface. The film itself is a breezy fare, never quite being the deep heart tugging drama it sought out to be. The songs are phenomenal, each of them staying with you. Rajkummar Rao deserves a special mention for his role which is crucial to the game plan of the film.

The film works in parts. Romance is always worth a shot, but first time director Dinesh doesn’t quite know what to make of his ambitious vision in mind. He tries his best but the story never comes together. The lasting feeling after the film is that it was a futile effort which shows us a glimpse of Eastern Europe without paying the lumpsum cost for the visa. Love sick kids try it out, others can give it a miss. Millennials anyway believe that love et Al is meant for right now and right here.

We rate it a 50% on the movie meter

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