Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ film Review: Unreasonable and Incoherent

Anand L. Rai directed and Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Zero’ has its high points but overall it comes across as unreasonable and incoherent.

Here are more reviews of the film from other film critics.

Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site: Twitter
Expected so much from this collaboration [SRK and director Aanand L Rai]… Sadly, the flawed writing – especially the second hour – takes the film downhill… EPIC DISAPPOINTMENT…
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Filmcompanion
The truth is that I’m still trying to understand Zero. The story begins in Meerut and somehow moves to Mars. It’s so bizarre and implausible and incoherent that I kept wondering if pages in the script went missing or too many scenes were slashed or if I’m just missing the point.Zero strains for sweep and scale. The visual language suggests a glamorous fairy tale. The VFX is convincing and I loved the Ajay-Atul ballad Mere Naam Tu. But the rest of this film left me stumped and eventually, sad. Because when artists take such ambitious creative risks, you are really rooting for them to succeed.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Saibal Site: NDTV
Zero, riding on SRK’s back, reaches for the stars. But its astral ambitions are thwarted by a lack of imagination and genuine understanding of the minds of people struggling to ward off undeserved ridicule and earn rightful recognition. But whoever expects such niceties from a movie that rarely rises above the level of unalloyed bilge?
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site: Hindustan Times
The first half of Zero is flat-out fantastic, an unabashed charm-offensive from Rai, Khan and the film’s writer Himanshu Sharma. It is as the film continues, and gets more fanciful, that the seams start to show. Rai is aiming high with this fable, but the director’s usual issues show up. The film threatens to become yet another romanticisation of an obsessive hero who refuses to go away and to take no for an answer. Rai is unbeatable in the small-town milieu, but the film outgrows Meerut, and its wit dries up even as the drama heightens.Still that Shah Rukh charm is dashed hard to deny, and, as he boasts to his lover in the film, those dimples aren’t store-bought.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rachit Gupta Site: Times Of India
A great concept needs an equally skillful execution, but not every good story gets the treatment it deserves. Zero has a story with an interesting and inspiring concept that doesn’t hold back with its outrageousness. This Meerut-to-Mars romance dabbles with ideas of science, interplanetary travel and closer to home, conventional themes like unrequited and undying love. In doing so, the film tries to put forth too many ideas and doesn’t quite do justice to any one.these details don’t compensate for a story that starts with a beautiful plot, but takes off on a bizarre ride. At first go, the film makes you light and easy, which is good, but the problem is that it doesn’t really take you on that flight of entertainment, which you set out for.
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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express
Two people in challenging circumstances trying to find intimacy is a great premise, especially if there is awareness of how ‘out- of- the- norm’ people are forced to deal with so-called normal people: And Zero’ could have done it twice over, because Afia (Sharma), one of its female characters, is a wheelchair bound NASA scientist with cerebral palsy.But Zero fails spectacularly at giving us anything we can believe in, and we go from start to finish, with disbelief growing with each passing frame.
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Short in stature but big on love, a bachelor, who is born in a wealthy family and is full of charm and wit, meets two very different women who broaden his horizons and help him find purpose in life.

ZERO RELEASE DATE: Dec 21, 2018 ( India)
ZERO CAST: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif
Director: Aanand L. Rai
Producer: Gauri Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
Run Time: 2 hour 44 Minutes

Zero: Official Trailer | Shah Rukh Khan | | Anushka | Katrina

Earlier, the studio had released a quirky teaser where SRK, in his dwarf avatar, dances to old Bollywood songs.

Zero film teaser

The adjectives used in the teaser such as ‘paagal’ (cray), ‘aashiq’ (lover), ‘shaayar’ (poet), ‘makkar’ (fraud), mental, among many others, will give you some idea about the characters Shah Rukh could portray in the film.

The original song is “Humko tumpe pyaar aaya” from the movie ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’ which had Shashi Kapoor in the lead.

Katrina and Anushka confirmed for Shah Rukh Khan’s dwarf film

Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif will be the heroines in Shah Rukh Khan’s much spoken about dwarf drama, directed by Aanand L Rai.

“When you get an opportunity to work with actors like these, you don’t want to miss it. All three characters have a newness about them. The film is not a rom-com or a pure love story. It’s about new-age relationships. I can’t talk about Katrina’s or Anushka’s characters. While everyone knows that SRK plays a dwarf, there’s a lot more to it than just that,” said director Aanand L Rai.

Deepika Padukone was being considered for Aanand L Rai’s next film opposite SRK. But to the disappointment of many, Deepika had to walk out of the film because her dates were clashing with her other project – Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, with alleged beau Ranveer Singh. Since she had already committed her dates to SLB’s historical, she had to say no to Aanand L Rai.

later, even Alia Bhatt was unable to say yes to Shahrukh’s film because of unavailability of dates. It seems Alia didn’t want to say no to SRK, because SRK had been extremely gracious in doing nothing more than a supporting role in Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi, with the actress. She explained the situation to mentor Karan Johar, and on his advice, Alia went to SRK’s bungalow mannat (along with Reshma Shetty) and showed him all her dates. Shahrukh was glad that Alia had taken the step to explain her situation to him.

So can we expect some cat fight between the two leading ladies? Unfortunately no!

Even though Anushka and Katrina are in the same film, they won’t be seen in the same frame onscreen. “There is something that keeps them glued to each other. The story is such that one enters when the other leaves,” says the director.

Shah Rukh Khan’s dwarf film will be ‘expensive’, budget may touch Rs. 150 cr.

While small budget movies are more than happy to make 100 crores at the box-office nowadays, big budget movies (featuring the top actors) have to aim for much higher. Its because a movie itself costs more than 100 crores to make .

Shah Rukh Khan’s dwarf film is expected to cost around Rs. 150 crore, as per industry insiders.

VFX is going to be the most expensive part of the film. Extensive VFX will be required to make Shah Rukh Khan look a dwarf. Besides, Shahrukh injuries keep recurring, his knee injury is making it difficult for SRK to be on his knees, so more scenes will have to be done with VFX.

International special effects experts will work together with Red Chillies VFX team for the dwarf film.

Director Anand L. Rai had directed Tanu weds Manu (starring Kangana Ranaut).

Years back, Kamal Hasan had played a dwarf in the movie Appu Raja (1990). The original movie was Apoorva Sagodharargal (in Tamil)

Shahrukh Khan’s KNEE Injury will make his upcoming DWARF Movie more expensive