Review of “Ruslaan”: Aayush Sharma excels in a really sparse script

By Gita Samanta May11,2024
Review of Ruslaan Aayush Sharma excels in a really sparse scriptReview of Ruslaan Aayush Sharma excels in a really sparse script

Review of “Ruslaan”: Although starring Aayush Sharma, the picture fell short of expectations, failing to live up to the high standards of a cat-and-mouse chase like “Tiger” or an engrossing drama like “Mission Kashmir.”

To Put It Briefly

  • Aayush Sharma is portrayed in “Ruslaan” as an action star, yet the narrative is weak.
  • The story of a police officer’s son coming of age in the film lacks heart and drama.
  • Aayush Sharma has grown since his first movie, however the storyline has to be improved.

 

Date of Release: April 26, 2024

Review of Ruslaan Aayush Sharma excels in a really sparse script
Review of Ruslaan Aayush Sharma excels in a really sparse script

‘Ruslaan’s’ creators had a task to position Aayush Sharma as the next big action star, and they succeeded admirably in doing so. Like the majority of combat heroes portrayed in movies, he breaks convention, is impetuous and impulsive, yet still demonstrates incredible bravery and love for his country. The actor dazzles the crowds in his third movie with his lean physique, agility, and dominant demeanour. Even though the movie calls him the “undefeatable hero,” the plot is weak.

The son of a terrorist is adopted by a police officer. He grows up wanting to prove his deshbhakti (patriotism) by serving the country and overcoming his dark past. A potboiler tale such as this has vanished from the screens in recent years. Had the movie been filmed a few decades earlier, viewers would have been cheering and whistling along with the protagonist as he battled through his turbulent existence.

But in 2024, the storyline focuses only on making him appear heroic—there’s no real tension, feeling, or depth. For those who have grown up watching Bollywood films, the climax doesn’t feel all that surprising, and the plot is very predictable.

Watch the Ruslaan trailer directed by Aayush Sharma.

Although Aayush Sharma has come a long way since “Loveyatri,” his performance in emotionally charged situations still needs work. ‘Ruslaan’ fails to elicit empathy from the audience, even though his character’s family was brutally destroyed, he was bullied as a child, and he was labelled a ‘terrorist’s son’.

What’s up with raising your eyebrows whenever you want to appear intense, too? So unnecessary, young man! Aayush is a skilled dancer, a formidable fighter, and a handsome movie presence. Now, all he needs to establish his acting prowess is a strong screenplay and a director.

When it comes to action, Sushrii Mishraa, a recent addition, can compete with guys because to her charming on-screen persona. Her character was shallow, though. She was not given the chance to show off her acting skills. Veteran actor Jagapathi Babu is relegated to a melancholic police officer and father, a role that the makers neglected to offer him anything of. The characters’ dynamics shift, but their overall effect doesn’t vary much. As a senior RAW official, Vidya Malvade made the most of her little screen time in the movie.

With the exception of the tumultuous narrative, first-time filmmaker Karan Butani has directed a classy and elegant picture really well. His cinematographer and action director provided him with excellent assistance as well. ‘Ruslaan’ can even at times seem like a travel advertisement, carrying the audience from one place to another with ease.

Ironically, though, considering that the main character is presented as a talented musician, the music is forgettable. There are also times when it’s hard to believe Ruslaan, an unskilled wannabe agent, can kill and fight like a pro. The manufacturers frequently ignore these minor things, but they have a big impact.

 

Subtly manipulating the ‘good and bad Muslim’ viewpoint, ‘Ruslaan’ presents China and Pakistan as India’s sworn rivals once more. As the adversary bemoans the death of his family at the hands of Indian soldiers, the issue of Kashmir is also alluded to. Nonetheless, there is a lot of desh-bhakti in the movie, and the monologues don’t sound jingoistic. However, it’s pretty disgusting to witness the hapless attempts of the filmmakers when a Bhutanese actor is cast and called “Chinese” on multiple occasions.

“Ek accha agent banne ke liye ek accha actor banna bhi important hai,” Vidya Malvade’s character remarks, recalling the tale of a Punjabi spy who posed as a Pakistani officer for years before being discovered. This got us to thinking, “Ek acchi film banane ke liye, ek accha screenplay sabse important hota hai, apart from all the glam” (You need a decent screenplay to make a nice picture, too).

 

 

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