Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a lady killer, who is an ace in flirting until he crosses path with Saira (Kriti Sanon) in Budapest. Both of them form a sudden connect, ‘Raabta’ and then enters classy Zakir Merchant (Jim Sarbh). Interestingly, Saira also feels something for Zakir and keep fighting with her thoughts to know what’s happening. Three of them were connected in the past. Thus, Raabta moves forward talking about two eras.
This is not the first time any director has tried his hands on a reincarnation story, so, what made Raabta different? Well, the first half of the film showcased crackling chemistry between Sushant and Kriti. It was their screen presence and Sushant’s charm that make the first half watchable. The second half of the film was dark as it portrayed the different era. Wonderful costumes, sword fights by the actors may give you Game of Thrones feel but the movie is no way similar to Magadheera.
Sushant Singh Rajput owns the film
As a charming bloke Shiv, Sushant woos with his style. It was him, who made even the cheesy pick-up lines and not-so-funny jokes look good. He wonderfully played the character of self-obsessed boy who thinks he is an asset to ladies. Not to forget his chiselled body, that will make difficult for any girl to say Na Na Na to him. The actor manages to steal the limelight with his co-actors in the film.
Kriti does justice to her role and its visible that she has improved from her last flick. Jim is a proverbial villain, who speaks dialogues in different style (you may find it strange). At one moment, you will watch him playing a gentleman to win Kriti but another moment, he transforms into an obsessive lover, who can’t hear no from the lady.
Actor appeared in few scenes but not much was there for him in the movie. He came and just disappeared.
Raabta is Dinesh Vijan’s directorial debut. He beautifully showcased the chemistry and the picturesque locations just added to the plot.
No connection with Magadheera
Ever since the trailer of Raabta was released, it was being compared to SS Rajamouli’s Magadheera. But, after watching the movie, you will get to know that apart from having the same plot, i.e. reincarnation, the movie has nothing common with Ram Charan starrer. And, it will not be wrong to say that Magadheera was better than Raabta.
Raabta has some wonderful tracks, which beautifully describes love. Be it Ik Vari Aa or Me Tera Boyfriend, the music of the film is one of its highlights. Darasal, crooned by Atif Aslam captures romantic moments between the stars and is surely going to be loved by many movie buffs.
The biggest loophole of the film is its story. The reincarnation tale has nothing new to offer. Like every other cliched Bollywood film, Raabta also had flashbacks, prophecies, which was predictable. The second half is tedious and boring. You will wait for old era to end soon as it doesn’t have much to hold the audiences. The chemistry between the lead pair was better in the present era as in the past, their love was not explored. Sushant performed well but an actor of his calibre could have used in a better way.
Is Raabta worth a watch?
If you like love stories then Sushant and Kriti’s chemistry may impress you. The film has almost all elements of a Bollywood masala, wonderful songs, charming faces and ’s special appearance. So, this is a risk that you can take. If you like Sushant then do watch Raabta to fall in love with him all over again.