Raabta has received mostly negative reviews from critics. The average rating is 1.85 which is even lower than Half Girlfriend.
Raabta unfortunately doesn’t let us enjoy neither the present nor the past completely. It is a passable film. Raabta is a confused film that never establishes a firm balance between its crossover love stories. Give this one a miss! A 2/5 it is.
As much as you can force influences into a love story, you can’t force love itself. Neither with good-looking actors flirting with chocolates and flowers. Nor with an ambitious flashback that adds years as opposed to maturity to the plot. But Raabta relies on this kind of forced love rather than the force of love. If sparks flew more organically, it would have been easier to make a connection with this epic tale of love.
Dinesh Vijan’s filmography as a producer includes the memorable Being Cyrus, Love Aaj Kal, Badlapur and this year’s Hindi Medium. It is hard to imagine why he chose to make his directorial debut with this unremarkable enterprise. Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon and Raabta’s pretty visuals are all drowned out by tedium.
Raabta lacks the finesse required to pull off a theme like this, but it is definitely good to look at. From Budapest to colour blasts during flashback scenes, it features some captivating moments. Sadly that doesn’t seem enough. Poor writing is Raabta’s nemesis provided you don’t want to settle for a ‘being there’ done that’ kind of a story.
When you're attempting a conversation heavy film, you need to make your characters endearing in the first place. Shiv's character in the film is the most testing on your patience. And despite all the nonsense he does, when Saira still falls for him, you wonder what's wrong with the girl. Avoid this one and save your money. If not for this one then perhaps for the next life. This Raabta is a strict no-no.
By the time Deepika Padukone brings her almighty legs to the screen in an attempt to resurrect the film with a jig, all is already lost. Do not watch Raabta, unless you already suffered through it in a past life.
Raabta needed to have more edge and I mean not in terms of visuals but with its narrative. There isn’t much happening once we move to the flashback scenes and the parallel world. Sushant and Kriti’ s terrific chemistry deserved so much better. I hope filmmakers take notice and cast these two in a film that exploits their full potential. Raabta is an opportunity wasted.