Roy (2015) *HQ*

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Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) is a mysterious thief whom nobody seems to be able to get their hands on. Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal), a film maker, seems to be the only one making a profit from all of Roy’s robberies. That is, by making multiple films based on Roy’s life and robberies, all achieving high success. Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandez), another filmmaker, is the new girlfriend of Kabir, who is also a playboy. How these three characters’ lifes merge together in one dramatic, romantic and suspenseful thriller is what is in story.

To explain in short, Roy is like a Swiss chocolate wrapped in a dark chocolate cover. Why? Well, the film which was made to look like a sleek thriller turns out to be a confused plot that in portions is on the face but at the most basic level is a love a story. The plot keeps shifting from real to reel as Kabir is shooting his film and so while on one hand there is his personal life, through his shooting we see Roy’s story.

The concept is novel, the presentation too is good but the random nature of its dialogues sprinkled to create a sense of intrigue do not work well. The conversations between Kabir and Ayesha or even Roy and Tia seem extremely erratic. And when suddenly characters crack dialogues such as, “Jo baat hame samaj mein nahi aati wo sunayi bhi nahi deti” you are left wondering if he is talking about the whole film itself.

The plot is not very pacey in the first or second half but it tries to build up a power packed climax. There is no doubt that the best part about Roy is its overly exquisite presentation but in the lieu of making it stylish, the story takes a backseat. There is no purpose to this story and that riddles me. I need films that leave a piece of themselves when you leave and unfortunately Roy left me with nothing but its music which was already on my playlist. Also I found elements such as Kabir using a typewriter to write his scripts and a cliched detective persona with a pocket watch and binoculars too out of place for the otherwise modern film.

Debutante director Vikramjit Singh seems to have taken inspiration from slick novels and some of the finest English classics as he tries to embed most of the elements in his own work. The cinematography and background score work excellently for this film. Each frame is a delight when it comes to the picturesque elements. If only, the script was equally strong for this film. He tries to present each frame with a lot of elan but the randomness in the story steals its perfection.

Roy is a twisted love story that has a thriller coating. It is a non-purpose film which gives nothing but just tells a story that is multi-layered to create intrigue. It is a confused plot which is enthused with style. In the film there is a dialogue which says “Ye film kaise ban gayi” and I quite agreed with that! I am going with a 2/5 for this film.

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