Cast- Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Abhay Deol, R Madhavan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sheeba Chaddha, Brijendra Kala, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Director – Aanand L Rai
Review – Watch It, Just Once!
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh, a four feet six inches menace, is a VFX triumph.
Apart from technological wonders, the character of Bauua Singh makes it crystal clear that disability could be enjoyed and made a stepping stone to dream big, rather than generating sympathy.
Sharp-witted, ill-mannered, entitled and bratty Bauua Singh is always the Hero, accompanied by a best friend (Ayyub) who is pumping his best friend all the time, Bauua, who soars over his difficulties while singing and dancing and romancing.
For through bred-desi Meerut brat Bauua, winning a woman’s heart is a thrill, a way to establish his masculinity, he is a chaser, not a catcher. For the most you can relate to the character because we see Bauua having a tough time finding love, always tussling with mum (Chaddha) and dad (Dhulia).
Actress Anushka Sharma, the fluid actress just eases into the role of a NASA scientist, who suffers from cerebral palsy. She hits all the right notes, revealing a mix of vulnerability and determination and maintaining remarkable consistency in her character.
Stunning Diva Katrina Kaif is a huge revelation as Babita Kumari, she just knocks it out of the park by owning up the part of an unhinged superstar, who has lost all will to care about social norms or public life protocols. She has shades to her character, who is dealing with betrayal, public life, self-destructive behavior and most part loneliness.
The movie aims big on the fact that disability could be a sympathy-prop or a punching bag but if you rise above it, there is whole life to be lived and enjoyed. Which could be a magical adventure, which Zero, for the most part, is indeed a dream movie!
People in challenging circumstances trying to find intimacy is a great premise, SRK takes a deep dive into Bauua and emerged on another level.
The film offers a tonne of surprising moments when Bollywood A-listers make cameos, but at places tanks, and tanks badly. The writing is very choppy and enters into this realm of unrealism despite having such concrete and stellar cast and plot.
Made with a lavish budget and scale, the film takes the audience into fantasy land, a near-impossible adventure of a vertically challenged man, who romances a movie star, falls in love with NASA scientist before traversing a bizarre territory that’ll involve outer space.