What is it all about?
A stylish cut above routine B-town musical romantic mystery B-town music czar T-series ‘Roy’ coys from the regulars in its genre and steals with its intoxicating mysterious mix of love, life and sacrifice.
Enveloped with charming performances by Arjun Ramphal, Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline painting a beautiful debut of Vikramjit Singh as a story teller.
Vikramjit Singh takes a different route from the normal b-town romantic mysteries and tells a story of successful conventional filmmaker Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal) - planning the third installment of his super hit series ‘Gun’, Kabir isw suffering from writer’s block. He takes off to Malaysia following a news lead of a famous robber ‘Roy’ recent adventure..
While filming the trilogy Kabir encounters a non conventional filmmaker Ayesha Aamir (Jacqueline Fernandez).. the Casanova filmmaker who has dated 22 girls falls for Ayesha Aamir who also acts as his inspiration.
But the hauntingly beautiful Ayesha is a also the love interest of the famous and mysterious thief Roy (Ranbir Kapoor)..
What makes Roy, Ayesha and Kabir interconnected with each other is explained in due course in Vikramjit Singh’s screenplay which runs parallel interconnecting at the penultimate reels.
What to look out for?
Vikramjit Singh makes a picturesque debut as a story teller with ‘Roy’. He creates an intoxication aura of a mysterious mix of romance and subdued thrills. Its smooth easy going for the concern audience and the writer director is able to tie the open knots one after another during the culmination.
The inspirations from classic English novels are evident. He has a sense of good scene development and presentation. He opts for an unconventional smoothie easy route for a romantic thriller genre and successfully maintains the aura throughout demanding a serious attention from its audience.
Technically brilliantly crafted ‘Roy’ is a beautiful postcard designed by Himman Dhamija’s lense. Production values are top notch. Dipika Kalra editing is as per the director’s vision.
Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros Anjaan and Ammal Mallik music is already topping charts. With Sooraj Dooba and Boond Boond beign the pick of the lot.
First timer Vikramjit Singh is able to extract charmingly suttle performances from the lead.
Arjun Rampal plays the conventional filmmaker with suttle ease.
Ranbir Kapoor is charmingly restrained in this special role of Roy the thief.
Jacqueline Fernandez looks gorgeous and gives a lovable performance. The lass is getting more and more attractive film after film. She has strong role in ‘Roy’ and delivers. Looks stunning in the belle act.
Supporting cast chips in with some solid support. Shernaz Patel as Arjun’s assistant is excellent. Anupam Kher is competent as ever. Cyrus Broacha and Rajit Kapoor are fine. Asif Basra in a short appearance makes an impact.
The routine masala and edgy thriller buffs will find it lazy and boring. Vikramjit Singh in his indulgence ignores the ‘massy’ point of acceptance and makes it too stylish and noir for the regular commercially song dance action comedy starved junta. Even the concern audience will need to have a bit of extra patience. We wanted more of Ranbir, his teenage; college going fans will be disappointed. The grown up mature die hards will be fine. It’s certainly beautiful but mostly serious and dry lacking in the much needed dose of humour for general audience.
Conclusion: ‘Roy’ is a stealing intoxicating and a mysteriously romantic gift for someone you love.
Rating : ***
(Rating on basis of the maker's bold attempt to defy norms of b-town quintessential romantic mystery musicals, technical brilliance, suttle performance, soothing music and introduction of a crafty story teller Vikramjit Singh by T-series in this film)