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ZERO is absurd, but passable!

Held together solely by an effortlessly charming Shahrukh Khan who wins your heart totally, this film is otherwise a poorly written, non-sensical and weird fantasy-drama. Calling this a concept-film, is a joke. Clocking-in at nearly quarter to three hours, ZERO has a rivetingly humorous first half, followed by a labored and pointlessly bizarre second half. It isn’t boring, but not recommended either!

The story revolves around Bauua Singh (SRK), a vertically challenged man, who is full of charm and wit, with a pinch of arrogance. Born to a wealthy family and raised in an environment of affluence and indulgence, Bauua was never failed by Meerut or its people. But when he meets two women, his experiences with these women take him on a journey that broadens his horizons to find a purpose he never knew he had.

The first half of the film passes by breezily. It’s funny, filled with witty one-liners, and full of spirit. Even the characters develop and grow well on you. Director Anand L. Rai’s masterful prowess with depicting the UP vibe is known to all. He cracks it yet again and is able to keep you consistently riveted till the interval. Alas, the second half slides downhill, and how. The script turns strange, the characters start acting weirdly and everything fails your understanding. Even the length starts hurting you as a viewer. A ridiculous chain of events lead you to… wait for it…. a space expedition. It is this indulgence into some outlandish content that makes this film inexplicable. It’s surprising to see all this coming from the extremely talented Anand L. Rai. I wonder what he intended with all this. The songs are thankfully are few - “Mere Naam Tu” looks and sounds lovely and “Issaqbaazi” is fun to watch. The CGI deserves much praise. It’s seamless and flawless, especially with the depiction of SRK as a vertically challenged man.

The film scores high in the acting department though. Every actor does a great job. But it’s Shahrukh Khan who steals the show. Playing a dwarf, he sets the screen on fire right from the very first frame. It’s impossible to take your eyes off the screen when he appears on it. So strong is his presence and so magnetic is his charm, that he makes you buy most of the whacky stuff that the film shows. Its sad that the content isn’t strong enough to complement his charisma. While Anushka and Katrina both perform extremely well, it’s an SRK film all through. As mentioned, the supporting cast does a superb job too.

To sum up, ZERO is a subpar and bizarre film, which is made watchable only because of SRK’s impeccable performance. You can watch it if you’re ready to forsake sense for SRK’s charm. As I said earlier, passable, but not recommended!

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