Verdict: Half an SRK in zero gravity is twice as adorable.
Zero is the latest entry to the “things that have us excited in the festive month of December” list, right under Christmas and New Year. This Shah Rukh Khan starrer is a predestined blockbuster with all the elements like romance, comedy, and drama blending in perfectly.
What’s Zero About:
While Zero is about a lot of things, it is mainly about a Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan), a “bauna” who is not destined to reach for the stars according to everyone who knows him. His own father (Tigmanshu Dhulia) shows him little respect and considers him to be a freak. But Bauua does not give four feathers about what people think of him. He is looking for love and he doesn’t let his body define him. Bauua meets Aafia (Anushka Sharma) through a marriage portal, who is a scientist at a space center and has cerebral palsy. She is drawn to Bauua’s carefree attitude and his charming personality. They hook up but Bauua doesn’t want to settle down in life yet. He dreams of meeting his celebrity crush Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) and jumps through hoops in this pursuit. Zero is about how Bauua makes a difference, finds love, loses it, tries to win is back, and finally redeems himself by defying the norms and gravity.
Zero has genuinely funny moments that will encourage knowing nods and loud chuckles. Shah Rukh Khan is at the top of his game and half of him is twice as adorable. The CGI is clean and nothing looks out of place. Anushka Sharma portrays the nuances of cerebral palsy symptoms with a lot of grace. Katrina Kaif has a meatier role than what we’ve recently seen of her and she does not disappoint. Her performance as a troubled-heartbroken-hungry-for-love diva is convincing and also she looks smokin’. Bauua’s training in zero gravity and other physical training is a very interesting sequence and the essence is reminiscent of Sanju’s transition in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is, as usual, delightful. Tigmanshu Dhulia delivers a small but impressive performance. There are a bunch of cameos that make the film even more interesting. Mere Naam Tu is a melodious song and features in prominent scenes. Aanand L. Rai has given us a fun film to welcome this particularly festive season.
What Could’ve Been Better:
A few cuts on the editing table would’ve made the film crisper. The first half goes at a slow and steady pace but the film picks up the pace second half. Be patient as you get to know the characters in the first half.
Why You Should Watch:
Zero is a funny film backed by a unique storyline and embellished with interesting elements like space travel that you may not have seen in Bollywood films before. The film is a wholesome entertainer you can sit back and enjoy. Shah Rukh Khan is lovely as are the two leading ladies Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. Zero makes for the perfect weekend plan with family and friends.