Star cast: Saahil Khan, Tanushree Dutta, Khali, Taleb Ibrahim.
Plot: Six kids get transported into the make-believe world of a video game they are playing. They meet Saahil and Tanushree there. The duo saves them from the evil forces who want to lay their hands on a treasure so that their leader (Taleb) can become all powerful.
What’s Good: Some stunts; locations.
What’s Bad: The childish script; the songs.
Verdict: Ramaa The Saviour will need a giant of a saviour to make any mark at the box-office.
Loo break: Plenty!
God Willing Entertainment Production’s Ramaa The Saviour is designed as a children’s film. It is about six little kids – Kunal (Koustuv Ghosh), Komal (Ananya Shukla), Riddhi (Ishita Panchal), Rohan (Meghan), Sameer (Arjun Nandwani) and Saanjh (Jhanki Pabari) – who, while playing a video game, get transported into the world of the game. There, in the fantasy world, they meet Ramaa (Saahil Khan) who turns out to be their saviour when Kali (Taleb Ibrahim) and his evil accomplices try to capture them at different points of time. One such accomplice of Kali is Samara (Tanushree Dutta) who, after a point of time, realises that Kali’s intentions are suspect. Samara then joins Ramaa and tries to ensure that Kali does not succeed in laying his hands on a hidden treasure which will make him so powerful that he will rule the world. In the end, Ramaa and Kali get into a do-or-die fight even as the kids and Samara try to manipulate the fight with two remote control devices they chance upon in the make-believe world (which is different from the real world of the kids).
Reshu Nath’s story and screenplay are confused because of which she is unable to distinguish between the real and imaginary worlds. Samara using the laptop computer to track the treasure looks weird because the audience is unable to comprehend what she is trying to arrive at. For a good part of the drama, the kids roam aimlessly in the jungles which are part of the make-believe world, doing hardly anything. Ditto for Ramaa. Again, in the climax, it is mainly Kunal and Rohan who operate the remote control devices as the other four kids and Samara stand by their side, merely encouraging them to defeat Kali or, rather, to ensure that Kali is defeated by Ramaa. Resultantly, the viewer is unable to understand whet- her Ramaa is the saviour or Kunal and Rohan are the saviours. For, if Ramaa is, in fact, the saviour, why would he need the assistance of the remote control devices and their operation by the two kids? Also, how the kids lay their hands on the remote control devices remains a mystery just like the mystery of the devices becoming operational exactly where they (kids and Samara) land!
All in all, Reshu Nath’s story and screenplay are childish instead of being meant for children. A lot seems to be in the writer’s mind but it does not come across on the screen, as a result of which the target audience – the kids – will find it difficult to understand what is going on. Furthermore, the drama itself is dry, drab and unengaging. Reshu Nath’s dialogues are hardly any better than the story and screenplay.
Saahil Khan hardly acts. He hasvery few dialogues to mouth. All hedoes is expose his physique for agood part of the film. Towards theend, his action scenes with the villainare good. Tanushree Dutta isokay. She impresses in action sequencesand stunts. Khali a.k.a.Dalip Singh Rana (as Vali) is dull.Taleb Ibrahim is ordinary. Of thekids, Ananya Shukla (Komal), KoustuvGhosh (Kunal) and Ishita Panchal(Riddhi) are impressive. Meghan(as Rohan) and Arjun Nandwani(as Sameer) do fair jobs. JhankiPabari (as Saanjh) gets no scope.The rest of the cast passes muster.
Haadi Abrar’s direction is okay but his choice of subject is not. Siddharth-Suhas’ music is more functional than anything else. The songs have no situations. Kumaar’s lyrics are quite dull. Song picturisations (Longines Fernandes) are commonplace. Sejal Shah’s cinematography is neat. Foreign locations are eye-pleasing. Action (Peter Heins) is exciting. Computer graphics are not upto the mark. Editing (Kabir Shukla) is poor.
On the whole, Ramaa The Saviour is a weak fare with bleak chances at the box-office. Its poor promotion will add to its tale of woes.