It’s a combination of beauty and brains. On one side we have a genius filmmaker Aanand Rai, who has made films like Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa, and on the other side we have the beauty of romance Shah Rukh Khan. Hence, expectations were great enough to drag the viewers to watch the movie. However, in past we have witnessed that films starring superstars like Salman Khan (Race 3) and Aamir Khan (Thugs of Hindostan) didn’t impressed much the audience. Now let us analyse what fate deserve SRK’s movie ‘Zero’.
Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is a short, 38-year-old man from Meerut who has trouble finding a marriage partner. After using matrimonial agencies with little luck, he eventually finds his companion in Aafia Bhinder (Anushka Sharma), a NASA scientist with cerebral palsy; however, leading female superstar Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) also gets close with him, testing his first relationship. A love triangle forms between the three, taking them to far-off cities, and thrusting Bauua on an adventure to discover both his true love and the measure of a man’s true worth.
Screenplay & Direction:
While the film has stand-alone witty, wacky and audacious moments, it fails to add up to a whole. As a pure fantasy feature, there was an interesting idea in Zero. And so, nothing is impossible in this world created by Rai and writer Himanshu Sharma. His incredulous journey takes Bauaa from Meerut to Delhi, Mumbai, USA and into outer space. However, the flaws of Zero lie not in the physicality of the characters, but in the story. Too ambitious in its vision and indiscriminately illogical, Rai falters in exploring both inner spaces and outer space.
If only the film hadn’t been so utterly spaced out and the physical disabilities and shortcomings of the two principal characters been treated less cavalierly, Zero might have added up to something more than it eventually does.
First half is good and engaging, but post-intermission, Zero flies too high and too helter-skelter to make any real sense at all – you watch with steadily declining interest solely because a superstar is at the heart of the effort.
While being fumbling and funny, Shah Rukh Khan holds you in rapturous attention with his shenanigans. You could say his personality and his performance are both in an “extraordinary” style.
Anushka shines as the scientist suffering from cerebral palsy. She steals your heart while sitting on a wheel-chair and in command. With grace and strength, she is consistent in her speech and mannerisms. Katrina is diligent and it shows in her performance. She inevitably makes her entry with an item number, and so tries her best to convey the angst of a public figure whose life is a series of mishaps.
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub the semi-blind, one-eyed sidekick of Bauua is dependable, contributing to the fun quotient. On the other side, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sheeba Chaddha as Bauua’s parents, and Bijendra Kala as the match-maker Pandeyji – they all have their itsy-bitsy moments of on-screen glory.
Music and Other Technicalities:
Music is average, but the song featuring Salman and SRK is a treat for the fans of the two superstars. Cinematography is brilliant, and the DOP captures the various moods and locales to perfection. In addition, a special mention of the VFX that matches the global standards.
So is it Paisa-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?
Considering the mango people, it’s purely a dabba-gul movie. However, it’s watchable and likable for hard-core fans of Shah Rukh Khan. His swag, his sincerity and his willingness to go-beyond-vanilla (arms stretched) is worth it. Take SRK out of Zero and it would be just big-budget twaddle masquerading as a movie with a difference.
Rating: 2 Stars