Movie Review: Kaabil

Kaabil: A Revenge Saga with a Twist

Kaabil Movie Review“Kaabil” as any other Sanjay Gupta movie is an inspired piece work, the movie takes cues from 1990 movie “Blind Fury” and the 2014 Korean movie “Broken”, but still stands out as an original overall.

“Kaabil” tell us the story of a blind couple Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik Roshan) a dubbing artist and Supriya (Yami Gautam) who works for a NGO, they meet and decide to spend the rest of their lives in blissful matrimony, but destiny has other plans and their lives get shattered when the local corporator’s brother Amit Shellar (Rohit Roy) plays havoc in their lives. Whether Rohan stands up against the bad guys even with his blindness is what the movie is all about..

“Kaabil” plot wise is your regular revenge drama wherein the main protagonist takes vengeance against the wrong doers, but where Vijay Kumar Mishra’s story stands out, it is the blind angle. Beginning with the love story of the couple who are not ordinary, Vijay creates enough impact with his writing that you have a smile on your face when you see the love story of the blind couple. Small instances are incorporated to make the love story warm and heartfelt, connecting the audience with the two main characters, which creates the base. So when things start going wrong for the couple you as an audience start feeling the pain of being helpless like the couple, Vijay gets that bang on. Then the complete preparation and planning of the main protagonist to avenge the bad is meticulously shown with surprise elements thrown in for the requisite twists. Vijay Mishra takes care of not showing the protagonist Rohan as a super hero, but puts elements of vulnerability in the sequences. Vijay Kumar Mishra gets the premise, the plot and the entire screenplay right from the word go, but where the script falls short is its pace. At times the screenplay slacks a bit in pace especially due to the song sequences, too many songs just slackens the pace. Being a thriller the screenplay could have been a bit tighter and run time could have been reduced by 15 minutes. But overall the script works, ignoring the cinematic liberties taken and the pace..

Dialogues by Sanjay Masoom are modern yet impactful and it is not on your face. Though a revenge drama Sanjay refrains from the run of the mill “Maar Daloonga” dialogues and keeps it understated as much as possible.

It is the performances which elevates the movie, especially of Hrithik Roshan who plays Rohan the blind dubbing artist, Hrithik gets the character bang on from the first shot till the end. The mannerisms to the look everything is apt and Hrithik elevates the character with his brilliant portrayal. Yami Gautam as Supriya compliments Hrithik’s act and the chemistry between both the actors makes the love story warm and appealing. Yami after “Mickey Virus” gets her due in “Kaabil” and she does not disappoint, definitely a feather in her cap. Ronit Roy as the corporator Madhavrao Shellar is just a delight to watch; with every performance Ronit is upping his game. Ronit gets the dialect to the mannerism bang on, and most of the time his eyes plays the terror brilliantly. In contrast Ronit’s real life brother Rohit Roy who also plays the reel life brother Amit, somehow does a satisfactory job, not creating too much of an impact, rather his act looks forced and enacted instead of being natural, definitely not Rohit’s best. Narendra Jha as the scheming Police Officer Chaubey does a brilliant job, his voice and his persona suits the role and his portrayal creates the requisite impact. Girish Kulkarni as the corrupt cop impresses with his irritating act, you hate him for his portrayal, which means he gets his act correct. Rest of the cast do not create too much of an impact..

Ayananka Bose and Sudeep Chatterjee’s cinematography goes from colourful to gritty as the movie progresses as per the narration. Avik Ali’s editing though manages well but could have been better..

Rajesh Roshan yet again proves that he cannot be ignored even in today’s music scenario. What is impressive about Rajesh Roshan is that he has changed with time and “Kaabil” proves that. His soulful “Kaabil Hoon” and pulsating “Mon Amour” impress and stay with you. The re-created “Haseeno Ka Zamana” which is from his own track from “Yaarana”, comes out as a completely different track with techno beats, definitely a party favourite. Kudos to Rajesh Roshan for his persistency in the ever changing music scenario, when most of his contemporaries have hung their boots, Rajesh Roshan still goes on.

At last Sanjay Gupta gets it right with his script. Technically there is no doubt that Sanjay is a brilliant director, it was the content which lacked the punch, but with “Kaabil” he proves his point that he can also get emotional quotient right. Definitely “Kaabil” sees Sanjay Gupta in a new avatar as a director.

But it is Hrithik Roshan who carries the movie on his able shoulders and proves his “Kaabiliyat” with “Kaabil”…I will go with Three and a Half Stars…

Movie Rating: (3.5 / 5)

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Movie Review: Jazbaa

Jazbaa: Not too much of Jazbaat…. but only style

JazbaaSanjay Gupta, the name is synonym of movies which are remake of Hollywood and loads of style with a larger than life canvas but less of substance. The two movies which had both style and substance were “Kaante” (2002) & “Zinda” (2006)….

Sanjay Gupta is back with a remake of a Korean movie “Seven Days” for Aishwarya Rai’s comeback vehicle. Aishwaraya is in all the frames of the movie and not for a moment do you forget that this is Ash’s comeback movie. The plot tells the story of Anuradha Verma (Aishwarya Rai) a famous criminal lawyer who has never lost a case and a single mother of a daughter Sanaya (Child actor Sara Arjun). Things take an unexpected turn when her daughter is kidnapped and the kidnapper asks for an unusual ransom by asking Anuradha to fight for the criminal Miyaaz Shaikh (Chandan Roy Sanyal) who has been convicted of rape and murder of a girl Sia and set him free. Is Anuradha able to fulfill the ransom asked and whether she gets back her daughter is what the movie is all about….

The story inspired by the Korean movie, has a screenplay written by Sanjay Gupta himself and Robin Bhatt. On the onset the biggest flaw of the script is its pace which is inconsistent for a thriller, as it lacks edge of the seat moments. Though the screenplay has a lot of twists and turns but none make a mark, except the one in the climax. Another flaw of the screenplay is its loopholes which are disaster for a thriller, like the movie never really concludes as to how the girl was really murdered, or how the kidnappers kept a watch on Anuradha Verma, many such loose ends are kept unresolved. The one thing which could have been the biggest highlight of the movie could have been the court scenes, but the weak writing does not create any impact. Overall the script falters and the concept which could have been a good thriller is wasted.

Though I must say Kamlesh Pandey’s dialogues saves the day to some extent, especially for Yohan’s  (Irrfan Khan) character for which Kamlesh gives Seeti Mar dialogues…

I must say Sanjay Gupta managed to get a crackling cast for the movie and almost everybody did a good job except for the leading lady Aishwarya Rai. Aishwarya’s portrayal of Anuradha Verma is quite inconsistent. On one side Aishwarya had to play a tough lawyer and on the other side she had to play a loving mother, must say an author backed role, but while playing the tough lawyer she comes out as too stiff and for showing the loving mother side she is too melodramatic, hence she completely fails to strike a balance. Irrfan Khan as Inspector Yohan gives a crackling performance in style, what with all the seeti maar dialogues are given to him, but he does complete justice to his new avatar of a typical Bollywood hero. Shabana Azmi as Professor Garima Chaoudhary, the victim’s mother as usual gives a strong performance which was expected from her character. Jackie Shroff as the politician is wasted and he does not have much to do. Other actors like Atul Kulkarni, Chandan Roy Sanyal & Sidharth Kapoor are wasted in small roles which are not too well defined….

One thing which stands out in every Sanjay Gupta movie is the stylized camera work, and even in “Jazbaa” he does not disappoint us, Sameer Arya’s stylized camera work with a green hue captures Mumbai as never before, really a splendid job by Sameer Arya…

Another highlight of any Sanjay Gupta movie is its music, though “Jazbaa” did not have too much of scope for song and dance, but somehow Sanjay created a few brief moments in the movie and the most impressive being the ghazal “Jane tere Shehar ka”…..but the rest just do not gel with the narration…

Sanjay Gupta does not disappoint us on the style quotient, but as in most of the Sanjay Gupta movies style overtakes the content, the same can be said about “Jazbaa”. Though he is successful in extracting some good performances by the support cast and Irrfan Khan but he fails miserably in extracting a crackling performance by the leading lady Aishwarya Rai. Sanjay also fails to create the chemistry between Aishwarya & Irrfan, and the pairing just comes out as too “Thanda”…..

“Jazbaa” is an opportunity lost by Sanjay Gupta and definitely a weak come back movie for Aishwarya….I will go with Two & a Half Stars….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)