Director: Aanand L. Rai
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma & Katrina Kaif
Written by: Himanshu Sharma
ZERO starts off in Meerut, where Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) squanders his father’s (Tigmanshu Dhulia) money while being besotted with Bollywood superstar Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) at all times. He is impulsive and self-absorbed, but his height hardly ever dampens his confidence. He comes across the profile of Aafia (Anushka Sharma) at a marriage bureau and decides to woo her. He’s vertically-challenged and she suffers from cerebral palsy, so their shortcomings become a common ground and that creates a new space for a relationship between equals. Aafia doesn’t show interest in Bauua initially, but falls in love with him subsequently. But then Bauua backs off. A few months later, Bauua is shocked to see Aafia at his residence. Bauua’s father decides to get Bauua and Aafia married and a reluctant Bauua agrees too. Meanwhile, Bauua had signed up for a dance competition where the winner will get to meet the superstar, Babita. But, Bauua ditches Aafia on the day of marriage. What happens next, forms the remainder of the film.
The first half of the film is good, the initial romance between SRK and Anushka works big time. There are some sharp dialogues in the film as well. However, in the last hour or so of the film, when the film gets out of Meerut and into the other set up, it loses its steam and the interest dips.
Technically, the film was very good. Cinematography by Manu Anand is fantastic. He manages to capture the emotions and everything nicely. Editing by Hemal Kothari is good but it could have been more crisp. The music by Ajay-Atul works nicely in the film. ‘Mere Naam Tu’ is the pick of the lot from the songs. The song featuring SRK and Salman also works brilliantly in the film and is a treat for the fans. The production design is also great in the film. The VFX is of the international standards and is one of the best seen till date in India. Aanand L Rai and Himanshu Sharma films are known for being set up in the smaller cities of India and once the film moves out of Meerut, the story also loses its steam. The two halves of the film come across as two separate films.
Performances from the actors were great. SRK was very good. He is the life of the film and was in form throughout the film. His comic timings, facial expressions and everything was just on point. Anushka Sharma excels in her difficult role and gives a wonderful performance. Katrina gave one of her finest performances in the recent past and is a revelation. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub did well and added some fun to the film as well. Tigmanshu Dhulia is great. The rest of the cast offer abled support.
Director Aanand L Rai starts off brilliantly but falters in giving a film for the ages. He sets up the world very nicely but due fails to do the same in the second half due to a weakly written script.
At the box-office
The film has taken a good start thanks to the pre-holiday period. With a good word of mouth, the movie can actually have a decent run!