Ra.One (2011)

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The film begins with Jenny Nayar (Shahana Goswami) of “Barron Industries” introducing a new technological product to an audience. The technology, dealing with transfer of data through different types of rays and blending of real and virtual words, evokes a very excited response from all the people present. The plot then moves to a dream sequence in which Lucifer (Armaan Verma) battles the Khalnayak (Sanjay Dutt), a game character who has taken the Desi Girl hostage (Priyanka Chopra). Lucifer rescues the Girl, but suddenly wakes in class to the chagrin of the teacher.

The film then introduces Prateek Subramanium (Armaan Verma), whose gaming Id is Lucifer. Prateek is a “cool dude”, who rocks in the band, skateboards and is a techno freak who loves playing video games. However, he dislikes his father Shekhar (Shahrukh Khan), a bumbling and naive Tamilian who works in “Barron Industries” under the gaming department. While Shekhar tries to woo his son with various antics, he ends up embarrassing himself and Prateek. His wife, Sonia (Kareena Kapoor), is writing a thesis on swear words and wants to change the world’s way of swearing by converting the targets from females to males. While the family is generally close-knit, Shekhar’s habit of quoting famous personalities often irritates others around him.

The next day, the gaming department acquires a major contract to produce a game to be released in India, and the job of creating the game is given to the gaming department with warnings regarding the poor response to the two previous games produced by the company. When Shekhar announces the news to Prateek, the latter disagrees with his father regarding the heroes and villains in games. While Shekhar is traditional and feels that the hero, representing good, should always win, Prateek feels that villains are the coolest and the heroes are boring. In spite of differences, Shekhar decides to make the game in such a way that the villain will be near invincible, as a way to please his son. The film then introduces the entire gaming department which includes Shekhar, Jenny, Akashi and others. They set about designing and creating the game, its controls, movements and techniques. To up the difficulty quotient, Shekhar installs artificial intelligence technology into the villain, allowing him to learn new moves and strategies as the game passes. The villain is named RA ONE (Arjun Rampal), and the hero is named G ONE (Shahrukh Khan). The game is basically composed of three levels. Both G.One and Ra.One have H.A.R.Ts, electronic devices that power them and give them their ability to play. However, the HARTs are also a liability in the sense that without the HART, one cannot die in the game. Death will occur only in Level 3, and only when both the HART and the hero/villain are together. The game is played using motion-sensor body suits to be worn by the player in real life.

The first trials of the game show very positive results. However, Akashi (Tom Wu), who tests the game using the suits, faces unnatural behavior while playing as his hands go out of control. On the day of the game launch, Akashi demonstrates the game to the public but feels that something is wrong, as the fights in the game seem to be affecting the real life as well. The game receives a standing ovation from one and all. Prateek, dazzled by the game, insists on playing it first. As the others have a good time partying, Prateek logs on as Lucifer and plays the game. His skills are such that Lucifer reaches Level 2, and almost completes it, a feat not achieved even by the creators. As Akashi attempts to quit the game, he hears Ra.One say “Lucifer shall die” and all the computers fuzzing out of focus. Fearful of the situation, Akashi calls a somewhat drunk Shekhar and asks him to check the programs related to the game. When he checks the program, he finds something very wrong with them. As he moves to a different area to search for the problem, Ra.One utilizes the technology introduced in the beginning of the game to come to real life. Being free, he assumes the form of Akashi and tracks down the real Akashi, demanding to know who Lucifer is. Akashi, not being Lucifer, is killed by Ra.One. He then sets his sight on others in the area.

Cast

Shahrukh Khan as G.One / Shekhar Subramanium
Kareena Kapoor as Sonia Shekhar Subramanium
Arjun Rampal as Ra.One
Armaan Verma as Prateek Subramanium a.k.a. Lucifer
Shahana Goswami as Jenny Nayar
Tom Wu as Akashi
Dalip Tahil as Barron
Suresh Menon as Taxi Driver
Satish Shah as Iyer
Rajinikanth as Chitti (Guest appearance)
Sanjay Dutt as Khalnayak (Guest appearance)
Priyanka Chopra as The Damsel in Distress (Guest appearance)
Amitabh Bachchan (Voice-over)

Ra.One official website: http://raonemovie.com/

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