The Cast and Crew
Also known as (AKA) / Was earlier titled
Earlier Titled as: Zara Zara
Banner : Percept Picture Company
Release Date : September 12, 2008
Language : Hindi
Genre : Thriller / Romance
Director : Arjun Bali
Star Cast : Randeep Hooda, Shahana Goswami, Rati Agnihotri
Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Jayant Kriplani
Singers : Shuja Haider, Ranjit Barot, Sunidhi Chauhan
Kunal Ganjawala, Vijay Prakash, Suzanne D’Mello
Shreya Ghosal, Akshay Verma, Jaspinder Narula
Shravan Suresh, Sneha Suresh, Krishna
Lyricists : Shuja Haider, Soumik Sen
Aditya Narayan, Arjun Chandramohan Bali
Music Director : Satyadev Barman Samirrudin
Cinematography : Andre Menezes
P9 Integrated Pvt Ltd
Ru-Ba-Ru is a blatant copy of the Hollywood film If Only (2004) starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls, written by Christina Welsh and directed by Gil Junger.
The film deals with a live-in couple in love for different reasons. It deals with their collective affection, individual ambition and consequent aberration.
Nikhil (Randeep Hooda) and Tara (Shahana Goswami) are in love and they are a live-in couple. They kiss and undress and do everything that a man and woman ought to do under such nude moments.
Tara, typified as a typical feminine character, requires security through marriage. Nikhil is ambitious and wants an upwardly mobile career upliftment. He loves his work and loves Tara too.
Now, since you can’t sail on two boats Nikhil is unable to stop Tara from walking out of the relationship. As we are aware, every walk-out is compensated by a walk-in.
Randeep Hooda gives a sterling performance. This film is a revelation to him and us about his histrionic prowess. Shahana Goswami is convincingly competent in her role.
Rati Agnihotri as Meera, Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the cab driver and Jayant Kriplani as Dilip have given more than adequate justification for their roles
Nothing new about the story as it is an unauthorized copy of If Only. By copying it frame by frame, there is no effort to write any screenplay. Director Arjun Bali has nothing new to offer except an already made English movie delivered in Hindi.
The music is good. The camera captures the essentials. The editing is consistent with the tortoise wade. The film is technically well made and has good production values.
The theme is very relevant to the present cross-over cultural combos. This is truly a thought provoking film. However, the pace of narration is not consistent with the fast paced tastes of today’s audience. The slow speed of the film may not attract the sprinting crowd.
Ru-Ba-Ru is one screen, one show per day in multiplex cinema.
If you are young and in love with someone, this film is worth watching along with your spouse. The experience of watching this film may make your relationship mature into a more understandable understanding between both of you.
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar