Zero Movie Review
Star Cast– Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Abhay Deol, R.Madhavan, Sheeba Chaddha, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub.Director:- Aanand L Rai
Zero Movie Review:- Shah Rukh Khan cannot be faulted while Anushka Sharma gets full marks for effort. Katrina Kaif tries her best outlandish in more ways than it can possibly orchestrate without going into frequent tailspins, Aanand L Rai’s Zero, a superstar vehicle with wildly wobbly wheels, is a monumental mess. The Film possesses a certain scale for sure, the visual effects create the desired illusions and an energetic Shah Rukh Khan leads the vertically challenged male lead a degree of charm and chutzpah but it is let down by a hopelessly muddled screenplay.
The unlikely Meerut-to-Mars voyage of the protagonist, Bauua Singh is undermined by a slew of whimsicalities that defy logic and an uneven tone that borders on the gratuitously facetious. The heavy-handed humor that it generates hinges on the character’s lack of inches. Not funny at all. If that is not sickening enough, the film brings in a woman grappling with limited motor skills for the purpose of mirth and emotional manipulation despite this individual is a person who has discovered water on the surface of the red planet.
A movie is also purported to be a romantic drama about a dwarf seeking his place in the sun and employing means fair and foul to get there but at no point does the often unlikeable man’s tribulations strike a genuine chord. Take SRK out of Zero and it would be just big-budget twaddle masquerading as the movie with a difference.
The garrulous hero, a man not averse to conflicting impulses by way of a defense mechanism against the constant ridicule he faces on account of his short height, makes up for his perceived inadequacies with an unending torrent of words. He has an avid listener in his best pal Guddu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), a man of severely weak eyesight who carries a large torch in order to ‘See’ things.
Bauua takes on far too many avatars to be convincing. His ‘Superhuman’ qualities do not bestow on him either bionic strength or the zeal of a crime-busting crusader. Instead, they turn the dwarf into a lover, a fanboy, a runaway bridegroom, a dancing champ, a guinea pig for a scientific experiment and an accidental spaceman who stands in for a chimp that plays truant. The character, endowed with the magical ability to literally pluck stars off the sky, is constantly to power never reaches the point of propulsion.
The movie opens in Meerut in the first sequence, the set makes the Uttar Pradesh town look like the wild where Bauua has repeated run with his exasperated father while his mother has a hard time shielding him, the 32-year-old matriculate repeated attempts through a matchmaker to find a bride for himself also yields no results. He is at his tether’s end.
Bauua’s life changes when he chances upon the wheelchair-bound Anushka Sharma a brilliant half Pathan, half Punjabi space scientist whose ambition is to see India in the forefront of the global mission to send a manned spacecraft to Mars For him, it is love at first sight he mistakenly presumes that the amiable Aafia is his equal because she is the first girl he can look her in the eye. For her, his antics are mere temporary diversions. She is only on a brief visit to the land of her birth from the space center where she works in the USA.
Before the first half draws to a close, Bauua’s obsession with a troubled, a hard-drinking movie actress Katrina Kaif leads him astray. A day before his wedding to Aafia, an inebriated Babita, coming off a painful breakup kisses Bauua smack on his lips for all of three seconds. He turns his back on Aafia and scoots.
After half Time, Movie 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. If nothing else, Movie is Bollywood’s first film that does not wind up with a desperate race against time reunion in a railway station or an airport but on the launchpad of a spacecraft headed for outer space.
If only the film had not 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. It yields no percentage because of its unacceptable, insensitive central premise that defines a four feet something man and a cerebral palsy-afflicted woman primarily in the light of what they lack. their drawbacks drive the drama but the constant harping on what they are not at the expense of what they could be can only leave is cringing.
After all, the film also has to account for Abhay Deol and R. Madhavan in the walk on Parts. SRK cannot be faulted. He gives his hundred percent to liven up the Movie, but for a film running on empty, that is only a Zero sum game. Anushka contorts her face and angles her lips to deliver her lines She does good work. Katrina, who inevitably makes her entry with an item number. She tries her best but it not comes. But whoever expects such niceties from a movie that rarely rises above the level of unalloyed bilge?