Review: ‘RK/Rkay’ is a delight for cinema lovers

‘RK/Rkay’ tells the story of a film’s protagonist who goes missing from the film’s negatives and permeates into the real world through a porous membrane between the reel and the real world.

Who we really are? Does free will really exist? Or is it a simulation being fed to us by a higher authority operating from a different dimension? ‘RK/Rkay’ attempts to solve this conundrum with its sleek narrative of 95 minutes.

Mehboob Alam (played by Rajat Kapoor) – the plum-colored tuxedo-clad protagonist of RK’s film transcends to the normal world where he lives, eats, breathes, prepares food, and is pretty much everything thereby leaving his own world behind.

He is exactly like RK, only with lots of charm and likeability, something which trickles down from RK’s ink – every writer always wants their characters to be charming and likable, don’t they? Initially perplexed as to what is going on around him, Alam soon becomes acclimatized to his surroundings and eventually proves to be a better version of RK.

RK, on the other hand, is frustrated, for the ending of his film has now been thrown out of gear as Mehboob refuses to return to the universe of the film – a dimension where he belongs. To add to that, people connected with RK soon start finding Mehboob better.

However intellectual his line of cinema is, Rajat never fails to entertain the audience. The subtle use of perfectly timed humor shines through in ‘RK/Rkay’ as well.

The film also boasts of a powerful cast in the form of Manu Rishi Chadha, Ranvir Shorey, Chandrachoor Rai – three of Kapoor’s dear friends and two entrants – Mallika Sherawat and Kubbra Sait. The performances from the cast complement the writing and direction and there’s never a dull moment in a film that touches upon a philosophical nerve.

While Mehboob bathes in the warm spotlight, RK is shown in cool light temperatures for a generous part of the film’s length, something which ‘reflects’ in the choice of cool colored clothing for RK’s character as well. (IANS)

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