Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez
Director: Vikramjit Singh
What’s Good: The filmmaker’s classy taste when it comes to the execution as the locations elevate the film’s class. Also, who does not like watching Jacqueline Fernandez look dream-like as she struts in designer wear and red lip shades.
What’s Bad: A plot that is pseudo-intelligent. Roy made me want to ask the film maker, just a plain question “Why Roy?”. It is not a story that needs to be a heard or watched, it’s just something random!
Loo break: Pre-interval will be a good time!
Watch or Not?: Roy is at the core of it all a love story which finds a mysterious representation. If you are bored of watching cheesy romantic films and wish to watch a film that apes Hollywood style story telling with a desi plot, this one is for you. Could make up for a Valentines watch minus all the ‘mujhe tumse pyaar hogaya hai’ type drama.
Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal) is a maverick film maker who has made a fortune with films, telling the story of an art thief called Roy. He is a Casanova who has dated 22 girls. For his upcoming film, the director flies to Malaysia for shooting schedule where he meets a London based film maker Ayesha Aamir (Jacqueline Fernandez). She is a spunky and straight forward yet with Kabir’s unmissable charm, she falls for him as they repeatedly meet in Malaysia.
While she starts to become Kabir’s muse, inspiring him to further his story, there is also weird chemistry building up between Roy and Tia (Jacqueline).
After realizing that she is the inspiration for Kabir’s story, will Ayesha still see Kabir’s love? Also what is the mysterious story of Roy? Watch to find out!
Roy Review: Script Analysis
To explain in short, Roy is like a Swiss chocolate wrapped in a dark chocolate cover. Why? Well, the film which was made to look like a sleek thriller turns out to be a confused plot that in portions is on the face but at the most basic level is a love a story. The plot keeps shifting from real to reel as Kabir is shooting his film and so while on one hand there is his personal life, through his shooting we see Roy’s story.
The concept is novel, the presentation too is good but the random nature of its dialogues sprinkled to create a sense of intrigue do not work well. The conversations between Kabir and Ayesha or even Roy and Tia seem extremely erratic. And when suddenly characters crack dialogues such as, “Jo baat hame samaj mein nahi aati wo sunayi bhi nahi deti” you are left wondering if he is talking about the whole film itself.
The plot is not very pacey in the first or second half but it tries to build up a power packed climax. There is no doubt that the best part about Roy is its overly exquisite presentation but in the lieu of making it stylish, the story takes a backseat. There is no purpose to this story and that riddles me. I need films that leave a piece of themselves when you leave and unfortunately Roy left me with nothing but its music which was already on my playlist. Also I found elements such as Kabir using a typewriter to write his scripts and a cliched detective persona with a pocket watch and binoculars too out of place for the otherwise modern film.
Roy Review: Star Performances
Arjun Rampal plays the maverick film maker Kabir Grewal whose girlfriend list is longer than his career. I particularly did not find him exceptional in the film. He is casual and his raw look seems too caricaturish for his character. This is not a career defining role for him.
Ranbir Kapoor plays the famed thief Roy and his extended cameo in the film is not praiseworthy. Ranbir carries a dead look all through the movie only because he wants to keep the mystery inside him. It is not his fault that his character is a little underdeveloped for him to deliver a good performance.
Jacqueline Fernandez gets a double role in this film as she plays a spunky film maker Ayesha and a glamorous character of Tia. Other than looking stunning in every frame, the actress does not rise much from her Kick performance. Her dialogue delivery is the same but post Roy the actress will definitely grab a lot of eyeballs for she has a stronger screen presence in this compared to any of her prior films.
Roy Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Debutante director Vikramjit Singh seems to have taken inspiration from slick novels and some of the finest English classics as he tries to embed most of the elements in his own work. The cinematography and background score work excellently for this film. Each frame is a delight when it comes to the picturesque elements. If only, the script was equally strong for this film. He tries to present each frame with a lot of elan but the randomness in the story steals its perfection.
Singh tries to build a gripping tale which is unorthodox and it certainly revels in bits and parts. One problem with Roy is that the film maker weaves a lot of transitions which may not go well with an audience which is lousy. The film’s pseudo-intellectual plot makes you want to concentrate and watch a tale that is not actually a thriller. The film has a minuscule action scene, quite unnecessary at that. The editing could have been tighter to give the plot a good pace which drags in quite a lot of portions. Tu Hai Ke Nahi and Sooraj Dooba Hai are already popular songs and they are extremely lovable in the film.
Roy Review: The Last Word
Roy is a twisted love story that has a thriller coating. It is a non-purpose film which gives nothing but just tells a story that is multi-layered to create intrigue. It is a confused plot which is enthused with style. In the film there is a dialogue which says “Ye film kaise ban gayi” and I quite agreed with that! I am going with a 2/5 for this film.
Roy releases on 13th February, 2015.
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