Movie Review: 'Roy' brings mysterious headache with little substance

New Delhi, Ankit Pal | Updated : 14 February 2015, 09:14 PM
Star Cast
Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez
Vikramjit Singh

Bollywood has gone for an unfamiliar idea this Valentine's Day. With Jacqueline Fernandez, Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, three of the most desirable actors; Roy has tried to blend suspense with love only to relegate the latter and doing gross injustice with the former.

It is easy to imagine Arjun Rampal as a macho thief and Ranbir Kapoor as a flambouyant womanizer but this film turns that perception on its head. Having said that there are hardly any other surprises in the movie and none pleasant.

A promising  beginning with crisp dialogues soon turns into a monotonous attempt to establish a trickery of words. Like an overcrowded bus which has to twist and turn to travel straight, the director juggles with the characters and the plot almost as if to explore possible endings and then arriving at one, albeit unconvincingly.

Ranbir Kapoor's last few films have been such that seeing him play anything other than a casual college boy was to be a relief, well, not quite. Apart from a few instances, he hardly makes the cut for a smart thief and the absence of depth in his acting is conspicuous.

Director Vikramjit Singh, who had made a debut with this film, made his inexperience very evident to the viewers as mistakes were easy to identify. For instance, many sequences seemed isolated from the plot despite being shot with brilliance. The audiences were left disconnected with the plot for long spells of time and yawns in the crowd were not uncommon.

The songs of the movie, which had been pleasant in the promos almost blended into the boredom of the movie. The only song which close to entertainment was 'Chittiya Kalaiyan' featuring Jacqueline Fernandez and the other song which was individually bearable was 'Tu Hai ke Nahi' featuring Ranbir Kapoor on a bike ride despite seeming completely out of sync with the rest of the film.

In the run up to the last sequence, Arjun Rampal says "pata nahi ye film kaise ban gayi", I couldn't agree more. In the end, with the cricket world cup at our behest, the director seems like a fast bowler who runs in with all his might only to fall over at the bowling crease.

Final Verdict: Roy is a film strictly for those who have nothing to do and also have no desire to see great acts with at least interesting plot.

First Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 06:50 PM
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