Raabta is an Indian romantic thriller film directed and produced by Dinesh Vijan co-produced by Homi Adajania and Bhushan Kumar. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon and Jim Sarbh in the lead roles. It was released on 9 June 2017.
In 2017, Shiv and Saira fall for each other and form an inseparable connection. Until, Saira crosses paths with a reincarnated lover from a previous lifetime who is determined to make her his lover again.
The film opens with Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) moving from India to Budapest for a job as a banker, along with his friend Radha (Varun Sharma). Shiv is shown to have been a fun-loving womanizer back home and continues this behavior in Budapest. The audience is then introduced to Saira (Kriti Sanon), who is haunted by mysterious nightmares of drowning to death. She lives by herself in Budapest, working as a chocolatier. Shiv happens upon Saira's shop while on a date with a woman, but finds himself deeply attracted to Saira. Though she initially rejects his advances, Saira eventually succumbs and sleeps with Shiv, revealing the next day that she actually has a boyfriend and does not want to betray him. Shiv interrupts one of their dates and shows Saira that she would rather be with him than with her boyfriend. Saira's boyfriend breaks up with her and leaves in a huff. After this, Shiv and Saira spend a lot of time together and grow very close. On one of their nights together they go to a party with Radha, where they happen upon an eccentric psychic who knows about Saira's nightmares and tells her that her life is about to change drastically, that the events of her previous life will repeat themselves, and only she can fix them. Saira tearfully reveals to Shiv that she has a fear of water because her parents drowned after a car accident when she was two years old.
A few days later, Shiv proposes to Saira. She acknowledges that they have an inexplicably special connection, but suggests that they put their love to the test by meeting with other strangers and seeing if they feel the same type of attraction. They go to a party where Shiv flirts with multiple women. Meanwhile, Saira is charmed by Zakir (Jim Sarbh), a wealthy liquor baron. When Shiv comes over and meets Zakir, the tension is apparent but quickly dissolved. Later, Shiv tells Saira that he has to leave for Vienna for a week for a work commitment. Saira is upset to see him leave, but Shiv reassures her that this will only make their love stronger. While Shiv is gone, Zakir approaches Saira and she finds herself on a date with him. She tells Zakir that she finds herself drawn to him because he is exactly her type, but tells him that her heart belongs to Shiv. Zakir drugs Saira and kidnaps her, ordering his henchmen to kill Shiv.
Saira wakes up and finds herself trapped at Zakir's mansion on an island off the coast of Croatia. She demands that he let her go, but he refuses, saying that he spent his whole life looking for her. He explains that they were madly in love in a previous life, but were separated. He refuses to let this happen again. When she refuses to believe him, he shows her a collection of uncannily accurate paintings he made of her at various ages. Thinking he is crazy, she attempts to escape but ends up falling into the ocean, which triggers her memory of her previous life.
Hundreds of years ago, Saira was the warrior princess Saiba (Kriti Sanon). She was in love with Kaabir (Jim Sarbh), a fellow warrior from her tribe. Their kingdom is threatened by the Muraakis, led by a wise old ruler (Rajkummar Rao). Kaabir is severely wounded by the fierce Muraaki warrior Jilaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), who gives Kaabir an ultimatum to surrender. Saiba challenges Jilaan, and they find themselves attracted to each other while they race through the woods. Saiba accepts defeat, surrendering the kingdom to the Muraakis and herself to Jilaan. Kaabir attempts to take Saiba back, but she reveals that she and Jilaan have fallen in love. On their wedding night, a comet falls and the Muraaki ruler realizes that this will be a fateful night. Kaabir ambushes Jilaan and Saiba. He murders Jilaan by wounding him and having him thrown in the ocean. Saiba jumps into the ocean to save him, but to no avail. When she herself dies in the ocean, Kaabir slits his own throat and dies. The Muraaki ruler forebodes that these events will repeat.
Having remembered everything, Saira agrees to marry Zakir if he promises to spare Shiv. Shiv returns to Budapest and cannot find Saira anywhere, when he sees the announcement of her engagement in the newspaper. He goes to their engagement party and sadly congratulates Saira, believing that she is marrying Zakir for his money. Later, they meet in secret and Shiv helps her escape the island. While they are being chased by Zakir's henchmen, Saira attempts to explain their previous lives to Shiv but he does not believe her. However, he remains steadfast in his conviction to be with Saira because he loves her. When they think they have safely escaped on a barge, a comet falls and Saira recognizes it as the same one from the fateful night in their previous life. Zakir ambushes them on the barge and has Shiv drowned, in a scene reminiscent of their previous deaths. This time, however, Saira is able to save Shiv when she jumps in. Zakir is killed, and the two soulmates are finally united.
The film ends with Shiv humorously telling their children to not believe Saira if she tells them any far-fetched stories about reincarnation, showing that he is still oblivious to the events of their previous lives.
Film Raabta is worthy to watch once for Sushant-Kritiâ€™s energetic and sizzling chemistry. !!
June 09 th, 2017
Reincarnation dramas generally have a very foreseeable tale, but if teamed with a good script and great acts, they usually end up working at the box-office. Raabta is based on the theme of reincarnation starring earnest actors like Sushant Singh Rajput and Jim Sarbh.
Reincarnation is still a sought-after theme for the Hindi film industry in spite of its fondness for modern clothes, gadgets and locations. Commercially successful movies and shows like Baahubali and Game of Thrones also influence choices. Occasionally, then, filmmakers appear stuck in a dilemma. Debutant director Dinesh Vijan is maybe one of them.
Optimistic banker Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) and his friend Raghav (Varun Sharma) move to Budapest for work and spend time having as much fun as possible till Shiv runs into chocolatier Saira (Kriti Sanon) and quickly falls in love with her. Saira too seems to like him in the very first meeting and the lovebirds decide to tie the knot without much upheaval.
But, darkness soon enters their life in the form of Zak Merchant (Jim Sarbh), an unconventional and nasty millionaire, who too seems to have the hots for Saira and soon, it is established that the trio have a past life connection. But who gets the girl at the end?
Sushant definitely has screen presence. Shiv comes across as way too shallow and frivolous when compared to the strong Zak. Sushant Singh Rajput is a good actor but lacks the casual charm required to make the self-important Shiv adorable. Kriti is fairly easy on the eyes. Kriti Sanon surprises. She looks good and seems to have refined her acting skills. Jim is pleasant to watch with his edgy intensity, though his dialogue delivery comes across as pretentious at times, which weakens his sinister aura. He doesn't have the gravity required for spouting those evil-genius kind of lines in Hindi.
Rajput and Sarbh try in spite of odd loopholes in the screenplay, and that saves Raabta to a good extent. Rajput, in particular, rises and does what is expected of him. He is pleasant and performs action sequences with style. Sushant-Kriti’s energetic and sizzling chemistry is adorable and enjoyable.
As for the movie, the first half is fairly light-hearted and enjoyable to watch, particularly the scenes between Shiv and Saira, though their romance may seem quite frivolous. But, it is in the second half that the story goes simple. Shiv and Saira apparently have chemistry because of their past lives, but in their past lives, they were not lovers but warriors from opposing tribes, who ended up getting married for reasons other than love. So what chemistry and connection are the makers speaking about?
The previous birth sequences don't look Indian at all and the costume designers seem to have been inspired by everything from Game of Thrones to Mirzya to Braveheart. Also, the previous life scenes are lacking of any passion or intensity, which makes you wonder what was the big deal about this 'janam janam ka saath' anyway. Maybe the movie sounded great on a script level, but on the silver screen, it seems to lack soul, which may affect the movie badly.
Writers’ Siddharth-Garima and debut director Dinesh Vijan’s vision isn’t doubtful, but it doesn’t quite translate to the screen. Even though the film is technically sound and looks great, it is missing the raw passion required to sell a love story.
Raabta lacks the skill required to pull off a theme like this, but it is definitely good to look at. From Budapest to colour blasts during flashback scenes, it features some fascinating moments. Unhappily that doesn’t seem enough.
Overall, it is worthy to watch once for Sushant-Kriti’s energetic and sizzling chemistry.