Raabta Movie Review

Dinesh Vijan is a famous producer who found success in Bollywood by producing quite a few successful films – mainly in collaboration with Saif Ali Khan and Homi Adajania. But this time he’s decided to turn director and his debut film is Raabta. The trailers have given the vibe of a film which is set in two different time periods and there seems to be action and romance both in it. Will Sushant be able to deliver a solo hit without the name of Dhoni attached to it?

Story: Shiv (SSR) is a womaniser who charms his way into girls. Saira (Kriti) gets to meet Shiv at her patisserie. They start talking and end up being together but Saira seems glimpses from the past where she sees a tribe and a battle. We then find out that they have been reincarnated into present times and they were in love in a previous life too. But as it was then, here too a villain in the form of a liquor baron (Jim Sarbh) kidnaps Saira away. Will they end up together? Only the climax will let you know.

Screenplay and Direction: Dinesh Vijan revisits the theme of reincarnation in his debut movie but there’s not much left to be said about the theme that hasn’t already been said. The first half of the movie which mainly deals with the present times is still watchable and flows decently but the overlong second half tests our patience. It just doesn’t work. The craft is visible but the execution comes across as very shoddy. The pacing is slow and the needless Games of Thrones inspired tribal angle wasn’t needed at all. They could have taken the story to a different part but they are completely swerved by the stale reincarnation angle.

Miscellaneous and Music: Raabta looks very stylish because of the contemporary manner in which it has been shot but it is not enough to balance the lame story. The cinematography and production design and costume design all work in tandem to make the film so suave. The background score is a bit odd. The music of Raabta is probably the only department which almost hits the right spot everytime. Almost all of the songs are earworms – Ik Vaari, Lambiyan Si Judaiyaan and Main Tera boyfriend have all done well in the music charts.

Acting: Raabta is a Sushant Singh Rajput film through and through. He is in almost every frame from start to finish. Unfortunately, he overdose the first character set in present times. He plays it a bit too cocky and over-confident. It gets tiring after a while. Kriti Sanon has the worse role but she does show her acting chops in the film. She makes do with whatever weird character trajectory she’s been given in the film. Jim Sarbh seems very out of place in a high octane Bollywood film like Raabta. He doesn’t get the juvenile evil nature of his character. He would be better used in films like Neerja and A Death in the Gunj. Rajkumar Rao makes a cameo appearance and he’s hardly recognisable.

Conclusion: 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.

Pros:

  • The music is very good
  • The production design and costume design are fantastic
  • The lead actors have chemistry

Cons:

  • Raabta is too long
  • Sushant Singh Rajput overdoes his character
  • Jim Sarbh is miscast
  • The pacing is too slow
  • The reincarnation angle doesn’t work
Rating: ★½☆☆☆

1.5 stars

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15 Comments

  • 2 minutes of silence for INDICINE who is reviewing Shitty movies like RAABTA and HALF GIRLFRIEND but dis not review a movie like HINDI MEDIUM.
    And now HINDI MEDIUM BO collections >>>>>> HG and RAABTA 😹😹

  • The fate has been sealed for the movie. Trailers were too fancy missing the touch of originality. Also the Magadheera fiasco cost them huge. Overall SSR going to struggle in his future endevaours. I gave him only solo hit otherwise he is overrated jackass.

  • I knew from the trailer Raabta will sink without a trace . This was a bad choice from Sushant after MSD : The Untold Story . Kriti Sanon had a long break of 18 months between Dilwale and Raabta and this is not the kind of result she expected . This will be the 1st floor for Kriti and 2nd for Sushant after Byomkesh Bakshy . It was a bad choice by Dinesh Vijan to make this film on his own as he does not have any experience in direction . Hindi Medium doing more business than Half Girlfriend, Raabta, Naam Shabana and Phillauri makes this year extremely exciting and unpredictable . Cheers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @abhishek
    No you can’t say so, haven’t you seen indicine being obsessed with a much smaller film. G SE KUTTA ;)

  • @Indicine

    The quality of this review is not what I expect from Indicine. So many grammatical errors and reads like a direct Hindi translation. I normally look forward to the Friday reviews from Indicine, but this was disappointing.

  • Every time Indicine say that content is the King but they always review such shitty films and don’t review small excellent films like Hindi Medium. There were several articles on Half GIrfrnd and Raabta but only not a single separate article on Hindi Medium

  • The collections for the films in box office sites should be calculated by gross figures. Since Tax free status and changing tax rates produce plenty of occasions where a film which benefits mainly by it shows great results which isn’t backed up by footfalls and gross. Although Hindi Medium is miles better than Half Girlfriend which was ruined completely by the most overrated actor of his generation star kid Arjun Kapoor undoing all the great work done by Chetan Bhagat and Shraddha Kapoor who was the only reason to even watch the horrible film. Hindi Medium was tax free in many states like Gujarat, MP, Maharashtra & Delhi the main territories which grossly inflated it’s collections compared to HG. In gross and footfalls Half Girlfriend is a bit higher but in nett terms Hindi Medium will be better. Even in the case of Dangal which collected 374 in Hindi was made tax free in Haryana, UP, Uttarakhand, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, MP & Delhi which grossly inflated it’s nett collections which in real terms should been been below 345 and final collections below 358 nett adding other languages. It’s highly unfair for other films when we count box office records day wise, weekly and final collections competing with tax free films which easily inflate it’s collection by the Bollywood tax rates. More than 30% in those states.

  • The main test for Raabta would be to beat Sachin’s collections. It’s shocking that the film one would had expected based on Sachin’s status as the most popular cricketer in history & among the top 3 in popularity in all sports. Even in cricket only WG Grace is anywhere near him in pop cultural icon status, Sobers and Sir Donald were much better but never really relieved the fanatical following of them. I believed it would be easily pass the 100 crore club. But it shockingly never took off. Even the collections though they appear decent were again highly inflated due to tax free states. Chattisgarh, Delhi, Kerala, MP, Karnataka, Odisha & Maharashtra. Had Sachin been like Dhoni & asked for 45 crore it would have been a big budget flop since the Indian collection alone would have been the price. MSD charged more than 50% of the budget. Had he been a megastar like Khans he would have charged 100 crore upfront + 50% share of profits every film. The producers and distributors were lucky that Sachin was extremely generous like Milkha Singh who charged 1 rupee for his biopic. Forget about 100 crore club it wouldn’t even beat Half Girlfriend and Hindi Medium footfalls. It would be very good if it beats footfalls of Sachin and HM.

  • One would have expected the Sachin docu to be an all time blockbuster like Fahrenheit 9/11 & March of the Penguins and enter 100 crore club including all taxes inflation adjusted. It is the 1st documentary to have a wide release and broke the 38 year old record of highest grossing documentary in India which is Cinema Cinema 1979 of the Bachchan era with 75 lakhs. If one would have been asked whether there is any documentary based on someone which can enter the 100 crore club most would have said Sachin. Highly disappointing that it would need tax exemptions in several main territories to even cross 50 crores.

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