Through ages Bollywood has many films made on the theme of love, reincarnation, revenge and ultimately the union of true lovers. While some have become legends, some others have completely failed. Raabta unfortunately classes itself under the second category. ‘Raabta’ meaning ‘connection’ fails to connect with its audience. It takes off beautifully but in a short while embarks on a downward journey and completely crashes in lack of a strong storyline and clarity of Director’s vision.
The film opens with banker, Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) moving to Budapest for his job and meeting the highly attractive, independent, chocolate maker, Saira (Kriti Sanon). The fun-loving womanizer meets the noncommittal modern minded girl who already has a boyfriend and they both fall in love instantly. Yet they decide to test the strength of their relationship when Saira happens to meet Zakir (Jim Sarbh), a rich business tycoon and a liquor baron. He is cynical yet highly pleasing and Saira feels connected with him too. It is here that the story plunges in the flashback and takes the audience hundreds of years back in time.
Zakir is the one who remembers everything from the past and therefore wants to get Saira, his lost love from previous life and kill Shiv as an act of revenge. In the meanwhile Debutant director Dinesh Vijan takes us on a tour to some of the most picturesque locations, like a beautiful island off the coast of Croatia. With all the grander of location, good casts, sizzling onscreen chemistry, Deepika Padukone as the cameo, director Dinesh Vijal fails to pull the simple love story off to a bearable success. The film eventually becomes a saga of sheer vendetta and lacks the much required fineness. With a 3.8 on the IMDb scale, the film is a big flop even on the box office.
Director: Dinesh Vijan
Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Homi Adajania and Dinesh Vijan
Soundtrack: JAM8 and Pritam