IBTimes India Rating: 2.5
"Roy" is much like a slice of loaded pizza. You can't resist the goodness of its rich gooey cheese dripping down the edges, but you know it will leave you bloated with guilt.
Stylishly shot at staggeringly beautiful locales, debutant direct Vikramjit Singh's story is underwhelming. It promises a unique ride but falters with a rather confusing plot.
Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal) is a successful director who takes off to Malaysia to begin with the third installment of his popular franchise "Guns", which follows the story of Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) and Tia (Jacqueline Fernandez).
While at it, he meets spunky, feisty London-based filmmaker Ayesha Aamir (Jacqueline), with whom he eventually falls in love. At a basic level, "Roy" is a film within a film and a pretentious thriller which, at its heart, is a love story.
Arjun as the distraught new waver delivers a near-average performance, and Ranbir Kapoor's much-talked about return on the big screen turned out to be a damp squib. Meanwhile, Jacqueline needs to up her game. While "Roy" may have given her more screen space than any of her previous movies did, one could almost see through her vacuous expression.
The narrative loses because of its unannounced and erratic shifts, which are peppered with supremely cheesy poetic dialogues. What's even worse is that Singh has clearly overlooked the significance of having a script, which would explore life beyond romance. He, in all possibilities, gave in to the temptation of making a good looking movie.
The cinematographer gets an easy A for having made every frame look like a dream. Also, the stylists, for making the lead characters look massively dapper. A special mention for the soul-stirring "Tu Hai ki Nahi" by Ankit Tiwari.
Moving away from the loopholes and flaws, "Roy" is still one of the better movies of the year. Stylishly shot, sloppily written, this feat is worth the money at least once.