Producer Dinesh Vijan who have given us movies like 'Cocktail,' 'Badlapur,' 'Hindi Medium' and many more marked his directorial debut with the film 'Raabta' starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon in the lead. Vijan's choice of a love story as a subject sounds general for some reasons, but he has given a fresh new pair to Bollywood in the form of the main leads of the film.
'Raabta' is a story of Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Saira (Kriti Sanon). He is a banker by profession and she makes chocolates (consumes a pretty lot of it). The only thing which binds them together is the 'love comet' which is visible in some 800 years. While Shiv falls for Saira like every other girl he falls for, Saira calls herself a firecracker and enjoys the same history as of Shiv when comes to counting her boyfriends. Love blossoms between the duo in just two days. Saira spends sleepless nights as the dreams of her past life haunt her every time, while on the other hand Shiv is unaware about his past life. Like every story has a villain, this one has it too. Zakir Merchant (Jim Sarbh) is the villain here who a liquor baron and in search of his past love Saira. Getting rejected in love, Zak kidnaps Saira to an unknown island and Saira recalls her past life there. The first half of the story shows some love and romance between Shiv and Saira while the entire second half shows their past life. Shiv as Jilan, Saira as Sahiba and Zakir as Kamir.
Sushant's portrayal of Shiv, a banker who speaks broken English with a Punjabi dialect is an easy to watch on screen. We have seen his acting potential in 'M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story' but 'Raabta' shows his lover boy image which relates to every other boy of today's generation. Kriti is a complete entertainment package. With perfect acting and emotions, this girl overpowers Sushant with her style quotient as well. Though the dialogues given to her in the past life as Sahiba does not go much with her character and sounds jarring somewhere. We have seen Jim as a terrorist earlier in 'Neerja' but Zakir of 'Raabta' is much more different from it. Carrying a mysterious smile on his face, Jim nails it completely with his acting and his crazy antics. Rajkummar Rao is unrecognizable in the prosthetics and people who are not aware of the fact that it is him who is portraying it must be in a shock.
As it is Dinesh's first directorial venture, he must have chosen a better subject and his execution does not translate on screen the way it should have been. Though the movie sounds technically good, it is missing the love story element which is needed. The exotic locales of Budapest are captured really well by the cinematographer. The Leggy lass Deepika Padukone flaunts her curvy legs in the title track of the film and brings a freshness to the story. The other songs play at the right time in the film and they are already hit amongst the listeners.
'Raabta' is a complete entertainment package with a fresh pair and a love story with a twist in it. Though the first half-second half stories may seem confusing it is a strict one time watch for the people who love Sushant and Kriti. But thinking about the overall story you can give it a miss this weekend.