Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Zayed Khan
Director: Siddharth Anand
Music: Vishal – Shekhar
TTS Verdict: If you haven’t got tickets for Robot, are a sucker for good clothes and absolutely love Bollywood, go watch this film. Period.
When you walk in to the theatre expecting yet another glossy, candy floss romantic comedy only to realize that there isn’t much of the word comedy in it, you are left disappointed. Nonetheless, the music will cease all other worries. Thank Vishal – Shekhar for that bit. They always, nowadays just about somehow, manage to do that. Otherwise, there’s nothing much, except the cinematography, good production values and Ranbir Kapoor’s somewhat bearable performance for you in Anjaana Anjaani.
So the usual storyline draws you in (or not). Girl meets boy, boy meets girl. But, don’t be mistaken. They don’t meet in college, at some bar and not even a movie set (read I Hate Luv Storys), but on a bridge. Both are about to commit suicide; Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) because he’s lost millions in the stock market crash and Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) because she finds out that her fiancé, Kunal (Zayed Khan) cheated on her. And from then on, it’s an encyclopedia on the various ways in which two people can jointly end their lives. But never succeed.
Then you move to the house. So perfectly in sync and messy, that you wonder how come your house didn’t look so good when it was messy. And the locales – I think I’d like to make a bold statement here, ‘Dear Directors, showing America will not impress your audience anymore. We have something called Google Earth. Love, The Masses.’ Moving on, the high-end production value does shift some focus away from the lack of a script and plotline that is oh-so-predictable, it makes you wonder how long it took to write.
And now for the nicer things in the film. Firstly, the clothes, yes; don’t try and accommodate any logic as to how they get them, but well, they get them nonetheless. The music, as mentioned before, keeps you pacing through the film, seamlessly. The cinematography, thanks to Ravi K. Chandran is well done and artistic enough to make even the drabbest scenes look worthy. Priyanka Chopra looks splendid in even the hospital gown that is a strange shade of green. Only if she didn’t sway between overacting and class acts, this would be counted in her finer performances. And Zayed Khan – well, he was okay.
For a final round-up, this film is worth the music. About the money, I’m not so sure. If you’re a die heard Ranbir Kapoor fan, go watch it. But, if anyone told you it’s one of his career-best, you rather watch Wake Up Sid or Raajneeti again. It’s a movie that tries to portray modern relationships, but fails somewhat miserably. In fact, what it does end up doing is presenting you a mix of stuff you’ve already seen before, from here and there. There’s a phrase for it, ‘old wine in a new bottle,’ was it?
P.S – If Kunal Kohli’s next production, Break Ke Baad, starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone doesn’t evoke the same reaction as this one did, I’d happily reimburse your ticket money.