Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja

As a pot boiler action, comedy, caper, drama, musical (good lord the movie had a bit of everything didn't it?), in theory, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja [RKRCKR] had everything going for it. Except coherence. Too much money spent on everything (costumes! locations!! action! the train robbery scene!) but a logical narrative - RKRCKR was famous in the early1990s as the most expensive film made. The movie had the most lavish premiere in  memory - and yet, as Anil Kapoor famously said in print, even on opening night, they knew, they had a clunker in their hands.

It was the lackluster direction that finally sealed its fate as one of the biggest flops of its time. And the reviews that followed... Yikes! India Today, The Times of India and other publications killed the film upon arrival - but saved the only kind words for the leading lady, the awesome Sridevi.

Sridevi's the best thing in the film, with her comic antics and rockin' dance numbers. Especially in an amazing comic scene where she renacts the role of a crying Tamilian, she performs with an ease and brilliance that's... quite frankly, by now, expected of her! She simply shines.

See the film just for this awesome part, where Sridevi acts as the 'dukhiyari Madrasi'. It's too, too good.

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