‘Baahubali’ in 100 crore club?

Rajamouli’s ‘Baahuballi’ has joined the 100 crore club within two days of its release which is a record for an Indian film.

So far many Indian films have collected 100 and the list includes quite many Bollywood films like ‘PK’, ‘Three Idiots’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Ra One’, ‘Kick’, ‘Dabaang’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ etc. The list also includes some south Indian films ‘Enthiran’, Viswaroopam’ and ‘Kaththi’. Now ‘Baahubali’ comes as a proud entrant that too in just two days of its theatrical release, a record which no other Indian film has achieved.

As reported earlier, ‘Baahubali’ which released in 15 languages in 4000 screens across the world had garnered Rs.60 crores collection on the first day of its release and on the second day it has collected Rs.55 crores putting the total to a whopping Rs.115 crores. Out of this the Indian theatrical share is Rs.90.

‘Baahubali’ stars Prabhas, Rana Daggupathi, Anushka, Tamannah, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nasser and many others. The film was made as a Tamil-Telugu bilingual.

RA. ONE – Movie Review

From the very onset, this classy sci-fi film sets the viewers’ adrenalin soaring. It also educates, entertains and eulogises our culture. And, very predictably, from the very beginning you know that the crux of the film is about how good triumphs over evil.

“Ra.One” dwells into the virtual world of today’s youngsters who are hooked on to technology and video games.

Prateik (Armaan Verma) is one of them. For him the villain is the hero simply because he does not play by the rules. It’s winning, by hook or by crook, that matters to him.

Shekhar Subramanium (Shah Rukh Khan), the clumsy, nerdy game developer father of Prateik, lovingly tries convincing his son with, “Allow me to quote….” and quotes Mahatma Gandhi and such like. The youngster is unimpressed, thereby revealing the generation and cultural gap between the two of them.

Disheartened by the strain in the father-son relationship, Shekhar develops the invincible Random Access One (Ra.One), who can take any form, to please his son. Still not fully convinced with his own creation, as a standby he also develops Good One (G- One), who could exterminate Ra.One if need be.

Excited with his father’s creation, Prateik plays Ra.One with a screen name, Lucifer. He manages to cross level two of the video game, thereby antagonising “Ra.One”. Unknown to Shekhar and his team, Ra.One steps out of the game into their real world to eliminate Lucifer, thereby threatening Prateik’s life.

This concept of the characters sliding from the virtual world into the real world seems to have been inspired from the Hollywood film, “The Purple Rose of Cairo”.

“Ra.One” is an outright Shah Rukh Khan film.

The way Shah Rukh gracefully slips into the roles of Shekhar, Ra.One and G-One, leaving no room for confusion, is remarkable.

He is the superhero of the film. That’s because the script was skillfully and convincingly put together by Anubhav Sinha, Kanika Dhillon, Mushtaq Sheikh and David Benullo. The dialogues by Kanika and Niranjan Iyengar are good in parts.

The little gimmicks by Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra and Rajnikant add to the lighter moments of the film but take the story nowhere.

Shahana Goswami as the employee at the electronic company and Arjun Rampal as Ra.One look fine for the roles they play but have very little to deliver. Armaan as Pratiek is impressive.

The outfits of Ra.One and G-One designed by Robert Kurtzman and the bright production design are worth a mention.

Vishal-Shekhar’s music and the background score along with the awesome stunts and thrilling chases are electrifying. The film would not have been what it is if it was not for Resul Pookutty’s sound design, Sanjay Sharma’s editing and for the visual and special effects team.

With all the minor blemishes, this movie is still worth seeing at least once.

This high energetic film is loaded with antics, animation and action. With many thrilling sequences mounted with grandeur, it gives you the feel of a live video game. It is probably one of the classiest movies seen in the Hindi film industry and a feather in Anubhav’s hat.

‘RA.One’ superhero is a family man, says SRK

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says his forthcoming mega-budget “RA.One” has world-class technology and that the sci-fi thirller is the first film that shows a superhero living in a family.

“I have made a movie on which nobody can say that it is a second-rated technology. ‘RA.One’ will take Bollywood movies’ technology to the world. It is part of my legacy in Bollywood, which has given me so much,” said Shah Rukh.

“I want our cinema to be best in the world. The movie will leave a mark internationally,” he said. “I got inspired by a lot of superhero movies but I have made an original movie. In fact, ‘RA.One’ will be the first superhero-based movie in the world in which a superhero lives in a family. It is a family entertainer.”

Shah Rukh is currently busy promoting “RA.One”, which is releasing Oct 26, and travelling extensively to promote it. He was here Thursday for the same.

King Khan feels that the Indian film industry is well equipped to make technology-based movies.

“Everything is there in the industry but we were not making such films. We have the best theaters in the world, then why we could not make a technology based movie?” he asked.

“I talked to Resul Pookutty and he tells him that there would be several Hindi movies in which he would have given much better sound. But because of technology, he got an (Oscar) award.”

Talking about the making of the film, he said: “I used to take almost 50 minutes to wear the superhero uniform and two-and-a-half-hours to get ready completely. It took us almost eight hours to make the car scene, which is being shown in promos. I enjoyed doing all these but now I want to make romantic movies.”

When asked how much business the movie is expected to do and if it will do better than Salman Khan’s recent movies, Shah Rukh preferred not to comment.

The “RA.One” team launched a new trailer of the film in Bhopal. The trailer reveals the film’s villain, a character essayed by actor Arjun Rampal.

Shah Rukh also performed for the large audience that gathered outside the mall where the promotion took place.