Abhishek Sharma directed Ram Setu is an action-adventure film starring Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Satya Dev and Nushrratt Bharuccha. It has been released today in theaters across the country. Its cinematography is done by Aseem Mishra and Lycaa Productions, Cape of Good films as production companies.
The story showcases an archaeologist who is on a journey to check whether the Ram Setu (Adam’s) Bridge is a myth or a reality. Akshay Kumar plays archaeologist Aryan Kulshrestha. His two discoveries show “reclining Buddha” and a treasure box hailing from Pakistan. Jacqueline as Sandra Rebello, a half-Sri Lankan. It showcases how Aryan avoided hurdles to discover a lost trail in search of Ravana’s golden Lanka with the assistance from an environmentalist Dr Sandra (Jacqueline Fernandez), including a local Lankan guide AP (Satya Dev).
Akshay delivers a super performance, while Jacqueline acts fine. Abhishek Sharma has given women characters a less freedom to play as Jacqueline comes and utters some scientific phrases in every 20 minutes, giving a justification on the “expedition”, while Nushrratt as a wife with less contribution to the plot. However, Sharma has tried to show the beauty of Ram Setu under the Indian Ocean, making us remember the Earth’s Blue Planet documentary of BBC.
The cinematography is amazing and up to the mark, whereas VFX is strictly average. Both Nushrratt and Jacqueline are forgettable. The songs are average and send vibes to audiences when it comes to “Jai Shree Ram”. Dialogues are appropriate with a fabulous screenplay.
The incredible part is the climax of it and the courtroom scenes are much liked. The scenes take us from Afghanistan to Chennai in rapidly changing scenes. A few ideas are apparently borrowed from Hollywood’s National Treasure series, where bounty hunters try to provide truth to theories of conspiracy. The 144-minute movie is a great combination of scientific diligence, archaeological practice and some Ramayana’s readings. Overall it is meant for class audience and masses might find it tough due to slow pace and scientific mumbo – jumbo.