Roy | Dull & grim screenplay mars potential story premise & technical brilliance | Ranbir Kapoor | Arjun Rampal | Jacqueline Fernandez
Reviewed by Madhukar KR
Roy is the story of a Film writer cum maker, Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal) who envisions the story of a mysterious thief of artistic paintings called Roy (Ranbir Kapoor). Its shown in the beginning that there is an actual thief whose stories are being made into films called as the Guns series (Part 1 2) by Arjun Rampal & that they have been blockbusters. Kabir (Arjun Rampal) is now in the pursuit of writing & making the next part 3 of the Guns movie which is again based on the adventures of the mysterious thief called Roy.
Arjun Rampal as a writer suffers a mental block & is unable to even start writing the script on his typewriter but eventually lands in Malaysia, Kaula Lampur & finds Ayesha Amir (Jaqueline) there who is an Indie filmmaker who is shooting her own film in Malaysia.
Meeting Ayesha inspires Arjun & he starts developing the script further & start shooting the film. Its shown as if both Arjun & Ranbir fall in love with Jacqueline which leads to further confusion on the plight of the audience. The film’s story moves at a snail’s pace only to pick up some pace towards the climax which is too late by then.
What went wrong & did not work !
The director Vikramjit Singh seems to have terribly gone wrong with the screenplay & direction department inspite of having a fresh & promising story premise which could have gone on to become an action thriller film about a mysterious thief but the film sadly turns into a dull & grim romantic story between Arjun & the real Jacqueline & the mysterious Ranbir & the imaginary Jaqueline. The song placements within the film seem to be quite out of place & feel unnecessary to the story. The convoluted plot line is so entangled that the average movie-goer will not be able to get the gist of the storyline till the climax of the film which will test the audience’s patience to the core. The twist ending of the film was quite predictable & is not a shocker & does not deliver the desired punch which is necessary for a suspense thriller film. The films reminds us of several other films such as Shabd, The Thomas Crown Affair but the film Roy is far from being meaningful in comparison to these films.
What still works !
The only saving grace of the film is its terrific soundtrack & the way the film has been stylishly shot especially the song sequences. The soundtracks Matlabi & Tu Hai Ke Nahi are the blockbuster songs of this year & boond boond & chittiyan songs are also quite hummable.
The performance of Arjun Rampal is quite impressive but neither he nor the awesome soundtrack can really help the film from being a disaster. Ranbir Kapoor’s acting is quite monotonous & its hard to believe how an actor with killer looks can put you to sleep while watching this film. Jacqueline’s glamour also cannot do much help to this film.
Throughout the span of the film the director creates a confusion about whether the current scene in the film is either an illusion or a scene within the film being made by Arjun in the actual film Roy. However the director fails in keeping the pace of the film intact or even thrilling. The twist ending of the film which finally reveals that Ranbir Kapoor & the imaginary character of Jacqueline called Tia is actually an illusion of Arjun Rampal through which he made his film is the final saving grace which brings in some meaning to the illogical screenplay of the film.
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Watch this film only if you are a hardcore Ranbir Kapoor fan but be prepared to get bored throughout the film barring the scenes & songs featuring Ranbir Kapoor such as Matlabi & the stupendously melodious Tu Hai Ke nahi song.
|Directed by||Vikramjit Singh|
|Produced by||Bhushan Kumar
Divya Khosla Kumar
|Written by||Vikramjit Singh|
Meet Bros Anjjan
|Edited by||Dipika Kalra|
|Distributed by||AA Films|
|Budget||45 crore (US$7.1 million)|