Shah Rukh Khan’s over-ambitious superhero project RA.One received quite a few negative reviews in India. Talking from Los Angeles, where the actor was on tour with his film team until Saturday, he says, seeming rather upset, “I was reading some reviews and they were silly. They are looking into some other aspect of filmmaking.”
Internationally, he claims that the Anubhav Sinha directorial got a great response. “LA Times has carried a fantastic movie review,” he insists, before adding, “We presented the film to a lot of people from Fox (Fox Studios, US) and we spoke to the foreign press on the technical aspect of RA.One. It’s important that we promote this ideology and explain to the world that we can do it.”
Within this week, the actor has travelled to Dubai, London and Toronto, before arriving in the US. His promotional rampage in India too made headlines. But the real challenge he claims to face is “showing the world that India too can make high-tech films.”
Till Friday, RA.One had collected over Rs 60 cr at the box office in India, the film’s spokesperson claims. “I feel relieved to see it open well. I’ve been travelling, so I wasn’t able to follow the figures much. All my partners now feel that they’ll be able to recover their money.”
The film, which also stars Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor, released on Diwali, October 26 and was made for a reported budget of Rs 150 crore. Ask him about the sequel, and he says he’s leaving it all to time: “Let’s see how it fares. It’s lot of hard work. I’m happy how people have responded, despite mixed reports. Once it has come to the fore, I’ll give it a thought.”
A few days ago, screenwriter Yash Patnaik accused Shah Rukh Khan and his film’s writer-director Anubhav Sinha of copyright infringement over the concept and story of RA.One. Says an unfazed Khan, “That’s utter nonsense. With all due respect to what all is happening, I don’t want to give it any credibility by commenting on it.” The case is still pending. Khan’s production company has deposited Rs 1 crore with the Bombay High Court to acquire permission to release the film.
Shah Rukh Khan is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of his Diwali release RA.One. And lady luck, too, seems to be on his side. While Khan has roped in the two icons of the film industry - Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan, for his opus, multiplex owners have ensured that audiences get little chance of watching anything else this Diwali by giving the film 95 percent of the shows.
Earlier, Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots got a 65 percent share of screenings when it released alongside James Cameron's Avatar. Salman Khan's Dabangg got a 70 percent while Bodyguard got 80 percent SRK, with a 95 percent share for RA.One has beaten the others hands down.
Kareena Kapoor is one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood, given the fact that she has the most number of hits. Bebo's last film Bodyguard with Salman Khan was a super duper hit. And withRa.One release round the corner, Kareena Kapoor is on a high. The film has every chance of being the blockbuster of the year, even crossing the 100 crore mark at the Box Office.
Speaking about her role in Ra.One, Kareena said that the youth will definitely like the role that she plays of a glamorous mom in the film.
Speaking about Shahrukh Khan and his vision of creating a superhero image, Kareena said that she is extremely happy that Shahrukh Khan has lived his dream of making a superhero flick with Ra.One. When her dance number 'chammak challo' in Ra.One was mentioned alongside item number 'sheila ki jawaani' and 'munni badnaam hui', Kareena Kapoor cleared the air and said that 'chammak challo' was not an item number. Bebo says, “The song is very much part of the narration.”
Khan will be seen in Farhan Akhtar’s next directorial Don 2 in December, and will start shooting for Yash Chopra’s film in January 2012.