Akshay Kumar Ram Setu Movie Review

Producers decided to go with low-key promotions uncharacteristically and even movie seems to be performing similarly. Ram Setu released on 25th October and now, let's discuss about the film.

Akshay Kumar Ram Setu Movie Review
Akshay Kumar Ram Setu Movie Review

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Satyadev, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nassar

Crew:
Cinematography: Aseem Mishra
Editor: Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Music Composer: Daniel B. George
Producer: Aruna Bhatia, Vikram Malhotra
Written & Directed by Abhishek Sharma

Rating: 2.5/5

Diwali festival in India is celebrated as Ram’s victory over Ravana and his re-entry to Ayodhya. There is another story attached to the same festival as Krishna and Satyabhama killing Demon King Narakasura, bringing light back into lives of people affected by him. Well, so Diwali festival time is more about celebrating good winning over evil but over the years, it has become about great box office battles between Star heroes of Indian Cinema. While Tamil and Telugu releases arrived last Friday, Akshay Kumar starrer Ram Setu has come after Diwali Day, as Diwali is celebrated for 5 days in North India.

Akshay Kumar released four films this year already and this is his 5th film. Director Abhishek Sharma after his Paramanu came up with this new film again dealing with a controversial subject related to religious beliefs of Indian common public. Satyadev who made a great impression with Godfather, debuted in Hindi with Ram Setu. Producers decided to go with low-key promotions uncharacteristically and even movie seems to be performing similarly. Ram Setu released on 25th October and now, let’s discuss about the film.

Plot::

Dr. Aryan Kulshrestha (Akshay Kumar) completes almost an improbable mission in Afghanistan and becomes a revered archeologist. Indian Archeological Department assigns him a task to find proofs for existence of Ram Setu. He doesn’t believe in mythology and concludes that Ram and Ram Setu are mythical and non-existent. This report gains National Interest and people call him “fake”, “fraud” and “atheist with no regards to history”. Aryan decides to step back from his job and take a leave.

His wife, Professor Gayathri (Nushrratt Bharuccha) asks Aryan to find a way to solve the mystery and not be adamant about his “beliefs”. He starts a private research on his own and a businessman comes forward to fund him. All his research needs to be filmed and an Assistant Producer, who is also a guide (Satyadev) starts to assist Aryan. Dr. Sandra Rebello (Jacqueline Fernandez) shares her research with Aryan and both become believers. Why does this businessman need Ram Setu existence to be proved? How can private research team prove Ram Setu’s existence beyond Goverment “Red Tape” restrictions? Watch the movie to know more…

Akshay Kumar Ram Setu
Akshay Kumar Ram Setu

Analysis::

Akshay Kumar has found a way to deliver box office hits until before pandemic with patriotic themes and “right wing” favoured subjects as the National Media categorizes. He made sure that the box office kept ticking when other stars were slow in delivering films. That over exposure seems to have caught up with him and audiences. In cricket as they say, “law of averages” do catch up, this year seems to be playing out in similar fashion for Akshay Kumar. Raksha Bandhan did not work out as anticipated after Bachchan Pandey and Samrat Prithviraj. Cuttputtli has been released directly on OTT platform and this film, Ram Setu might have also been a better OTT film than theatrical. While Akshay tried to come out of his comfort zone, movie writing never tried to deliver more than what meets the eye.

Indiana Jones as a character has become more memorable over years not just because of the style but because of the kind of adventures he has been forced to do over time. He is a genius with great eye to detail and a regular man, if not on a mission. Ram Setu misses those human touches to characters. It tries to take “Atheist” being converted into a “Believer” subject so seriously that the main plot about Ram Setu’s existence becomes subverted to discussion over the existence of Ram and Ramayana. NASA Satelllite imagery found a bridge near Dhanushkodi (town) till Sri Lanka, under water and called it Adam’s Bridge. The proof about it being “Man-made” or carbon dating method to prove the age of the rock structure has not been done yet. So, claiming an ownership to it, needs to be done in a more organic way than just making a “Hero” carry out a stone from the structure as proof.

The second hour court room drama is written so conveniently to trigger believer’s trust in Ram and Ram Setu and then show it as proof, comes across as manipulative than organic. Satyadev made a good debut with his performance. Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha have forgettable characters. Daniel George’s score and Assem Mishra’s cinematography doesn’t stand-out but are decent. VFX needed a lot more time and work. Production design could have been better. May be it’s time for Akshay Kumar to take a step back from hussling to release more number of films and work on quality. This movie could be liked by believers but even they could also find second hour too boring and long.

Positives:
Mythological Connection
Akshay Kumar and Satyadev Performances
Interesting start
Interval portion

Negatives::
Underwhelming VFX
Writing Could’ve been better
Unconvincing Second Hour
Drag in Climax

Bottom line: Overtly Political

 

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