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Raabta Review by Indicine
Raabta is a convoluted, overlong film which should have been snipped to a 2 hour film. The needless story angle in the second half makes the stale first half of the film look like a masterpiece. The references to other movies and TV shows are unintentionally funny. Although the lead actors have chemistry, it is undone by the choice of an unusual but ineffective actor as the main villain. Raabta seems like a bad choice by Dinesh Vijan to have made his debut with, as a director. It should be given a miss.
Raabta Review by Bollywood Hungama
The first half of the film is a breezy watch with rich visuals as it is set in today’s time in London. There are occasional gags and young romance that keeps you engaged. In the second half, the time line shifts and the unexplained past story that suddenly props up the main stay renders viewers confused. While the pace of the film in the second half is much faster than the first, the viewer is left at a loss due to a rather convoluted screenplay. While the first half of the film comes across as mash up of scenes and sequences from films like LOVE AAJ KAL, DDLJ and BEFIKRE to name a few, the second half is heavily inspired by GAME OF THRONES.
Raabta Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
It’s the contemporary parts of the film that are relatively enjoyable. While you may wonder how a rich, eccentric man is allowed to roam free in Europe kidnapping women, the film doesn’t bow down to logic. The climax — which sees the lovers save the day — is unintentionally funny, but the last scene puts a smile on your face. All that drama also makes you wonder how an unhinged man is allowed to flourish without any fear of authorities.
Raabta Review by Manju Ramanan on Masala
Raabta has all the right ingredients of a ‘much seen’ Bollywood film – the abs, the legs, the looks, the songs, the locations, a solo dance number ( I refuse to call it an ‘item number’) with Deepika Padukone and the reincarnation story. It is a Sushant Singh film all the way and all those who like him will find it endearing and fun. For the rest, it is a chance you might want to take.
Raabta Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
Writers Siddharth-Garima and debut director Dinesh Vijan’s conviction isn’t questionable, but it doesn’t quite translate to the screen. Even though the movie is technically sound and looks great, it is missing the raw passion required to sell a love story. Especially one that’s been brewing for 800 years!
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Raabta lacks the finesse required to pull off a theme like this, but it is definitely good to look at. From Budapest to colour blasts during flashback scenes, it features some captivating moments. Sadly that doesn’t seem enough. Poor writing is Raabta’s nemesis provided you don’t want to settle for a ‘being there’ done that’ kind of a story.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
The biggest obstacle in the path of Raabta is the story. The subject is nothing that has not been done in Indian cinema earlier. The way the story is treated takes a toll on your patience. Seeing actors like Sushant and Jim being bulldozed by this sorry excuse of a film is plain painful. Songs like Ik Vaari Aa and the title track (with a smouldering Deepika Padukone) are hummable. Watch Raabta for Sushant and Jim. This a story of love through ages and lives, but Vijan is no Alfred Noyes. And Raabta is no Highwayman.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
This is Dinesh Vijan’s first film as director. He aims high with some dramatic moments and a big scale in terms of canvas. The locations are somewhat fresh. He manages to exude a likeable chemistry between Sushant and Kriti – they look comfortable with each other even in the most awkward scenes.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The past birth sequences don’t look Indian at all and the costume designers seem to have been inspired by everything from Game of Thrones to Mirzya to Braveheart. Also, the past life sequences are devoid of any passion or intensity, which makes you wonder what was the big deal about this ‘janam janam ka saath’ anyway. Maybe the film sounded great on a script level, but on the silver screen, it seems to lack soul, which may affect the film adversely. In conclusion, Raabta is very average despite the pot having potentia
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
‘Raabta’ means ‘connection’. Alas, there is no connect whatsoever between the three protagonists, in this life or previous and the audience. Let movies like Bahubali and Magadheera deal with reincarnation, Bollywood should know that they are terrible at fantasy. Mohenjodaro and Mirzya should have been hard lessons…
Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
Raabta is a good looking film. Meaning, besides the eye candy that is Sushant and Kriti, Dinesh has definitely spent a lot of money in capturing the lush locales of Bulgaria and the special effects and make up especially of Rajkummar Rao in the role of an Oracle is terrific. Dinesh creates a light and breezy first half where the banter between Sushant and Kriti feels easy and organic. Casting these two in the film was a brilliant idea because the chemistry between them is sizzling. Sushant especially has gone to all lengths to make get a toned body for his role as the tribal warrior. The hardwork pays off handsomely as he’s the best part of the film. There is immense likeability in him and he goes full throttle with his charm. Kriti manages to leave a mark with her scenes in the second half. The best moments are the one liners Shiv and Saira throw at each other and the tomfoolery that follows. Rajkummar Rao deserves a medal for enduring hours of torture to get into the difficult prosthetic make up for a blink and miss role.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Making his directorial debut, Dinesh Vijan takes on a challenging project. Furnishing a mythical ancient time can be riddled with pitfalls. Right from costumes to situations, everything sits on the fence between reality and ridicule. A little extra or less could topple this imagined world. And while Vijan seems determined in delivering his vision and most CG creations seem believable, this khichdi of past and present lacks tadka and depth.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Sushant and Kriti have good chemistry together and some of their early scenes are fun. But they’re not playing particularly likeable characters so it’s hard to care for what happens to these people beyond a point. It’s a shame because Sushant has proved himself to be a really competent actor. Although, to be honest, even Denzel Washington couldn’t save this film. The only thing I can unconditionally recommend in Raabta is its music. There’s a bunch of really good songs shot across Budapest that are a welcome respite from the asinine drama.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
As you sit there wondering when all of it—involving a ‘dhumketu tara’ which will be near the earth after 800 years, underwater jugglery, and borrowed flashes from various films– will end, it comes to you l: this is no rom com. It is just a big rom con.
Review by Sonil Dedhia on Mid-Day India
Despite some major loopholes and faltering screenplay, both Sushant and Jim salvage the film to a great extent with their earnest performances. Sushant transforms into a warrior with ease. He is as fierce and serious in his past life as playful and cocky in contemporary life. Jim, on the other hand, does well as one struggling to come to terms with the reality.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
The producer turned director’s first attempt is so embarrassingly daft, it belies its potential for drama to validate a Dolly Bindra-lookalike soothsayer and empty vindication. Despite the shoddy early signs — there’s a comet named Love Joy hovering above the skies — Raabta begins on a watchable note.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Barring Sushant and Kriti’s fans, it is impossible for anyone else to even bear five minutes of the film. The first half is plagued by too much time invested into establishing the romance between the leads, making a jarring jump post the ‘revelation’. It is probably Maddock Films’ worst film yet, having made the likes of Cocktail, Love Aaj Kal, Go Goa Gone, Finding Fanny, Badlapur and the very recent gem Hindi Medium, in the past. However, Raabta is even worse than Agent Vinod which Dinesh Vijan is regretful of.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The characters are superficially etched. The banker never ventures anywhere near anything that resembles a bank. The liquor tycoon, too, has no time to devote to his business. It is only the chocolate girl who once in a while gets her hands dirty in her workplace. Given the lack of depth in his role, it is a marvel that Sushant Singh Rajput occasionally breathes life into the vacuum at the heart of the film. Jim Sarbh is out of his depth in the garb of a crazed lover. For Kriti Sanon,Raabta is a choppy, rudderless ride. Raabta is only for Sushant Singh Rajput fans. When two and a half hours feel an hour too long, you know what’s to be done. Avoid.
Review by Nitin Jain on Glamsham
RAABTA sees the role reversal in COCKTAIL’s director Homi Adajania producing the movie where as Dinesh Vijan who produced COCKTAIL helming RAABTA. The production values, as far as the contemporary (times) story is concerned, are top class and very polished. Sushant Singh Rajput shows his confidence whereas Kriti Sanon’s acting is restrained. Jim tries to get into a barons ‘suit’ this time (post NEERJA) but does not get too much to explore though. In terms of costume design or makeup, guess the most efforts must have gone in Rajkummar Rao’s character design, but then was it really so important in the narrative after all?
Raabta Review by Indiaglitz
Director Dinesh Vijanis not able to handle is the second half of the film, especially the past life track. This track looked highly promising in the trailer, but out here ends up being half-baked and fails to create the required impact. There are plenty of loopholes in this part. The movie also keeps dragging in the later part due to its repetitive and bland scenes. Kriti fails to get inside the skin of her past life character. Jim Sarbh overact and is totally loud in few scenes. Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma are wasted.
Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews
Overall, we were expecting much more from this reincarnation drama. Watch ‘Raabta’ only if you feel the connection. Also, if you want to see Deepika Padukone dance to the title track on big screens!
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
The fun element never forsakes the film even when the three main characters are locked in an intense afterlife discourse. Sadly there are only three characters in the film worth talking about. Not to mention Rajkumaar Rao who appears unrecognizable as an old man who resembles Vijay Raaz.
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