Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero starts with the bang and throughout the film makes you laugh and feel the characters before dipping down at the end, which does make one feel a bit overboard. Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh is hilarious from the very beginning thanks to the writer Himanshu Sharma there are moments that certainly touch the heart and astonishes you to the core. Bauua Singh is a 38-year-old unmarried man from Meerat who is vertically challenged. He has accepted the truth that he can never match up with the common people. He lives his life with his friend Guddu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) and he Is in love with the superstar Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) however he has also applied at a marriage bureau. Through them he meets Aafia (Anushka Sharma) and he starts falling in love with her. Aafia is a semi paralysed girl on a wheel chair. The entire first half solely focuses on character development and an unusual bonding between Bauua Singh and Aafia. For some reason Bauua Singh leaves Aafia and make a move for Babita Kumari from here onwards this is what Zero story is all about.
The story starts with a brisk pace but slows down is the second half. It started with the real life of a dwarf but soon in the second half enters into the fantasy zone. The dialogues are the real treat for the viewers and it is Shah Rukh Khan who manages to do the justice. The script has its flaws, but it is beautiful, and this makes this movie worth watching. The story gives a strong message that we should learn to live our live no matter how absurdly incomplete it looks. The latter part of the second half slightly lengthy, a bit weird at times, however the beautiful and eye-catching cinematography and marvelous performances keep the fascination.
First half is a winner, the last portion of second half is a bit troubled. Zero is visually rich be it the Meerat or in the USA, and some extraordinary performances covers many flaws one might noticed otherwise. Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh is surely among the few best performances of the year. His dialogue delivery, and the physical humor he brought on screen makes you laugh and smile more than 50 per cent of the time. His character has layers, sometimes, he is funny, at times extremely selfish and often he is emotional, especially when complaining about his state. Shah Rukh Khan takes the role of Bauua effortlessly like a duck to water. A real treat for his fans after a long time. Anushka Sharma as Aafia turn out to be a clear winner from Zero. Her character required her to remain in control as it is a risky one which could have gone overboard and yet Annushka Sharma manages to shine in every single frame she is in. Her character was not just about how she presented herself physically but also the dialogue delivery was crucial, and she hit the bullseye there too.
For the first time Katrina Kaif acted very well on big screen. Never before did she look as sizzling as in this one. Even though her role was very limited and didn’t have much scope, she carried her persona of a star in her role of Babita Kumari very well with the arrogance of a superstar. She amazes immensely even when she displays her inner demons. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Guddu impeccably supports the funny situations. However, cameo appearances of several Bollywood divas including the (Late) Sridevi, Alia Bhatt, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Deepika Padukone were senseless and to be honest waste of time. They didn’t add anything to the story nor delivered any memorable dialogue. They just looked stunning and that is perhaps what their purpose was. Director Aanand L. Rai attempt is clean, story looked a bit dragged because it became predictable in the latter half when sequences looked dragged. The music is really good. Ajay-Atul’s BGM scores higher than their songs here. Mere Naam Tu is a visual saga as well it is a treat to the ears. The rest are typical Bollywood songs that were there for the sake of it like Issaqbaazi, Husn Parcham & Heer Badnaam.
Zero is Shah Rukh Khan magnificent attempt where he steps out of his comfort zone and as Bauua Singh he assures that audience leave cinema halls with a big smile. The witty dialogues add feel good factor the film. This film is a must watch for astounding performances, stunning cinematography & hilarious dialogues.
By Hasan Kazmi
Hasan Kazmi is a Film Critic from Karachi, Pakistan.