Not many films are aptly named like Shah Rukh Khan’s latest venture Zero where King Khan has played a dwarf so as to show to his critics that he can do anything but he went too far in his attempt, making people laugh at themselves when they were exiting the cinemas.
In the world full of normal human beings, there is only one Bauua Singh who is found to be abnormally short; he falls in love with the Indian version of Stephen Hawking played by Anushka Sharma who has an ‘ambitious’ name Aafia Yusufzai Bhinder, derived without any doubt from two Pakistanis – Aafia Siddiqui and Malala Yusufzai with Bhinder added to give it a local touch.
Just imagine how much time the writer and director would have spent on the script if they select their main characters name by using Google instead of their brains!
The film revolves around Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) who takes advantage of his short height everywhere he goes but dreams big of meeting Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif) once in his life and maybe tell her how much he loves the actress.
He also falls in love with a more educated, better-looking but suffering from cerebral palsy Aafia Yusufzai Bhinder (Anushka Sharma) and after a fling decides to forget her but she lands on his doorstep to make things difficult for the short man.
With Guddu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) playing the friend who follows him around, Bauua tries to find out what he is meant to do and after spending a year with Babita ji, in the end, ends up going where no man has gone before, literally!
The first half of the film is more or less what you expected because the trailer sort of gave away that story. What happens in the second half is so confusing that it will shake you badly from within.
Does Shah Rukh Khan’s Bauua Singh the only dwarf on the planet because I don’t see another; if Aafia Yusufzai Bhinder is so highly educated, then why does she fall for a man who is nothing like her; is it really that easy to go to America and then reach NASA and enter its space program because from the way it has been filmed here, it seems like anyone with zero educational background, zero empathy, zero common sense and zero sense of not being wanted can replace a chimpanzee on a space mission, just because of his short height and the Indian passport. Zero!
It is about time that Shah Rukh Khan realizes that his hero days are over; he is going through the same phase as Amitabh Bachchan was in the 90s and look at how he reinvented himself with Kaun Banega Crorepati, SRK needs someone to tell him that he should think of doing something like that – no matter how sexy Katrina Kaif might look in the film, no matter how brilliantly Anushka Sharma tries to play a wheelchair-bound scientist, it is SRK’s name that pulls the crowd towards the film.
In the last 10 years, he has mostly delivered commercial hits but not has been of the level of an Aamir Khan film or Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijan and Sultan. Zero was a bad film and the sooner SRK realizes that the sooner his bad days will be over!
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