G.1, the Good One, is the Telugu version of Shah Rukh Khan’s Hindi film RA.One. The movie sets a benchmark in technical excellence for films made in India with its superb VSFX. It is a super hero film with a credible premise which is conceived intelligently and executed with superb technique and finesse.
Sekhar Subramanyam (Shah Rukh Khan) is a geek working with a computer gaming conglomerate in London. He is happily married to Sonia (Kareena Kapoor) and has a computer savvy son Prateik (Aman Verma). At the request of Prateik, his dad creates a video game where the villain RA.One is more powerful than the hero G.One. Prateik starts playing the game and stops it midway.. Mysteriously, using the HART device, RA.One (Tom Wu & Arjun Rampal) enters the real world from the virtual space, is immensely resourceful and powerful, and wants to take revenge on Prateik for not completing the game. Sekhar becomes a victim of RA.One.
Will Prateik be able to activate G.One (Shah Rukh Khan) and bring it out of the cyber space? Can RA.One be contained and decimated? Will Prateik and Sonia survive the deadly onslaught being unleashed by RA.One? Answers to these questions take you to the climax.
Shah Rukh Khan is his usual mischievous self and is pretty convincing as the geek while stiffly mobile and endearing as the G.One. Kareena Kapoor is all coy sweetness personified and carries her role with aplomb. Arman Verma as Prateik is the real surprise package. The boy wins your heart.
Arjun Rampal once again acquits himself well. Tom Wu is effective. Dalip Tahil and Satish Shah are their usual selves. Rajinikanth, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra are enlivening in their brief cameos. All others fit into their author backed roles.
First of all, the film has been very well dubbed into Telugu. Kanika Dhillon and Mushtaq Sheik have written a believable story and the screenplay is gripping and makes the flow of narration interesting. The Telugu dialogues are translated well. Music by Vishal Sekhar is astounding. The background score adds to the visual thrills.
Cinematography by Nicola Pecorini is of world class standard. Martin Wals-Sanjay Sarma’s editing is crisp and enhances the narration values. Resul Pookutty’s sound design is astounding. Special effects by Synthespian Studios, RedChillies VFX and Pangon Digital are simply exhilarating. Action by Andy Gill and Spiro Razatos is thrilling, particularly the car chases and the train episode. Anubhav Sinha has given a great product which can be enjoyed by audience of all age groups.
G-1, the Telugu version of RA.One, is pretty good to watch though the climax is a tad disappointing. As a super hero film, it makes every Indian feel proud that we can surely produce world class films using the latest technology. The movie is not a Terminator or Titanic or Avatar, but it is a good beginning.
This is a hi-tech sci-fi film with scintillating action sequences and telling a story, in spiritual overtones and philosophical undertones, the perennial premise of the inevitable victory of Good over Evil. The movie uses cinematic euphemism to understate that the human being with his/her superior intelligence is capable of creating either Evil or Good. It also overstates that which is created by man is a potential threat to his own existence.
Go and watch G-1 with your entire family and take along your neighbour’s kids. You may not be overjoyed, but you will certainly be not disappointed.
The Cast and Crew
Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arman Verma, Arjun Rampal, Dalip Tahil, Tom Wu, Satish Shah, Rajinikanth, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra and others
Music: Vishal Sekhar
Producer: Gauri Khan & Shah Rukh Khan
Director: Anubhav Sinha
3.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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