Release Date : Feb 13,2015
Roy (aka) Roi review

Review by : Kaushik L M
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Production: Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Freeway Pictures, Krishan Kumar
Cast: Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ranbir Kapoor
Direction: Vikramjit Singh
Screenplay: Vikramjit Singh
Story: Vikramjit Singh

First things first, Roy isn't a Ranbir Kapoor film. The happening young star has more like an extended cameo appearance in this film, where Arjun Rampal pays a hotshot filmmaker named Kabir Grewal, who is on the verge of starting his new action film. He moves to Malaysia for the filming, where he meets another filmmaker, Ayesha Aamir who is totally in contrast to his commercial sensibilities. With a reputation of being a playboy with more than 20 prior flings, Kabir slowly but surely falls for Ayesha and his feelings are reciprocated too. But beyond a point, there is a separation between them, followed by a lull, a period of introspection and then the final 'coming of age' and positive resolution.

Roy is a meta movie, and sadly reel director Kabir's film within real director Vikramjit Singh's film is equally slow-paced and lethargic. The narration pattern in the first half is interesting and instills some curiosity but once we fathom what it is, the charm is lost. For Ranbir's loyal fans, there are just a few moments of solace and there isn't any scope for him to perform.
Among the few takeaways from Roy are the beautiful visuals of Malaysian islands and pristine beaches. The film's lead trio - Arjun, Ranbir and Jacqueline Fernandez are sex symbols in their own ways with distinct personalities and styles. They are good to watch on screen for the respective target groups, but performance-wise none of them is required to push their limits. Jacqueline's ballet on the beach is a poetic moment, along with the super-cool Tu Hai Ki Nahi featuring Ranbir riding a mean bike on empty roads. Arjun starts looking sick with the fake beard, but is otherwise all debonair and suave with a stubble, long hair and an elegant hat.
You may find yourself yawning and almost dozing off at quite a few moments thanks to the dragging manner in which the lead characters go about their lines. Roy isn't for the average Bollywood movie buff and is strictly for the really patient and tolerant multiplex-goer. The film's sensibilities are totally Western and the way it has been styled is laudable, but it scores very low on the 'engaging' quotient. And its length of close to 2 hrs 30 mins, is unforgiving.
Verdict: Can give this a miss.
( 2.0 / 5.0 )


Roy (aka) Roi

Roy (aka) Roi is a Hindi movie with production by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Freeway Pictures, Krishan Kumar, direction by Vikramjit Singh. The cast of Roy (aka) Roi includes Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ranbir Kapoor.