Genre: Comedy, Love Story
Release Date: 21st December, 2018
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif
Writer/Director: Aanand. L. Rai
Zero Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sheeba Chadha
Director: Aanand L. Rai
What’s Good: Everything coming out of Bauua Singh’s mouth is hilarious from the word go – so half of the credit goes to the writer Himanshu Sharma and another half to of course Shah Rukh Khan, a couple of moments which will just astonish the human out of you.
What’s Bad: Most of the second half fizzles & that breaks the captivating link created by the first half, connect could surely have been better & editing crispier.
Loo Break: It’s a 2 hour 39 minutes film, whether or not you’re having a coke in the interval, you’ll need that break in the second half.
Watch or Not?: It’s not your run-of-the-mill love story, it’s different, it’s beautiful but it’s stretched & bizarre at places. Go for Shah Rukh Khan & the honesty he has towards his work.
From Meerut, Bauua Singh is a vertically challenged 38-year-old unmarried man. He is at a point of life where he has accepted the truth of how he can never match up to the normal people. Without any qualms, he lives his life ‘king-sized’ with his friend played by Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. He loves the superstar Babita Kumari but at the same time is also have applied at Shaadi.com for marriage.
Through Shaadi.com he meets Aafia and there where he starts falling for her. First-half majorly concentrates on developing the beautiful bond between Bauua Singh and Aafia. Without spoiling any further, let’s say Bauua Singh leaves Aafia for some reasons and moves on to Babita Kumari. What happens next is what’s the story is all about.
Zero Movie Review: Script Analysis
Himanshu Sharma took off the story with a brisk pace but all of it comes down in the latter half. What starts with showing the normal life of a vertically challenged man falls in the fantasy zone in no time. Sharma’s dialogues are the real winner of the film & they required one off-the-wall Shah Rukh Khan to do them the required justice. As they say, ‘being flawed is beautiful’ and that sums up the script of Zero.
The story is flawed in many ways but it’s beautiful. You see the intent in every frame, the intent of giving out the message to celebrate your own incompleteness. Yes, the second half is equally bizarre, senseless and lengthy but it keeps you intrigued with its beautiful cinematography and stellar performances. First half is for everyone, the second half is for some.
Manu Anand’s camera captures some stunning frames of Meerut as well as the US portions. Visually it’s a very rich looking film & with the added layer of good performances, it manages to cover some flaws.
Zero Movie Review: Star Performance
Travelling on the experimental path, Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh is definitely one of the best performances of the year. Not just the delivery of the dialogues, let’s appreciate also the physical humour Shah has managed to bring on the table despite the heavy dosage of VFX. Bauua is a multilayered character & his graph ranges from being very cute to extremely selfish. His act is a blazing display of bravura.
Anushka Sharma steps into a very risky zone emerging victorious. Her every scene has the scope to go overboard but she’s controlled in most of them. Also, Aafia was not just about how she presents herself physically; she also does an amazing job as far as her dialogue delivery is concerned.
Katrina Kaif has never looked so HOT before! Though she gets a very limited scope but impresses big time. She has carried the cockiness of a big movie star very well, displaying her inner incompleteness at the same time. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub perfectly aids the comical situations & is very well used in the first half. Cameos of Sridevi, Alia Bhatt, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor Juhi Chawla and Deepika Padukone are wasted.
Zero Movie Review Quicker: The story starts introducing us to most probably the cutest Khan ever Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan). He’s 38, a fan of Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) and a bachelor. Going to the flashback we see how he met Aafia (Anushka Sharma) who’s suffering from cerebral palsy.
The first half majorly concentrates on the binding between Aafia and Bauua. Himanshu Sharma is the salient winner of the film because Zero is one of the most wittiest movies written recently.The first half is full of with quirky dialogues one after another. Most of which, credit goes to Shah Rukh Khan for delivering them with equal madness.
The humour takes over everything and a very strong base is built for the second half which is just hyping up the curiousity. The height of Bauua Singh is used very smartly as many one liners revolve around it. Manu Anand’s camerawork is excellent and very smartly covers the dwarf factor of Bauua.
One thing to note about the film os its flawless VFX and in a recent interview he revealed that he was shocked when he realized that Anand Rai never used VFX in his earlier films. “It was shocking when I got to know that Anand (Rai) sir never used VFX in his earlier films maybe because of scarcity of time, finances or just by desire. But I think this technology is necessary for a visionary director like Anand sir to take the film on another level.”
Zero is a romantic drama film, written by Himanshu Sharma and directed by Aanand L. Rai. It is jointly produced by Colour Yellow Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment’s Gauri Khan, and distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment.
The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. Zero is set to be released during the financial week of Christmas, on December 21. Stick to this space for full review. To be out soon!