Directed by: Sanjay Gupta
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy, Narendra Jha
What it’s about:
Kaabil is a vengeance drama and we see Hrithik Roshan collaborating with Sanjay Gupta for the first time. It is also the first time we see Yami and Hrithik together on the big screen. While the response to this latest Rakesh Roshan production venture promos has been great, we decided to give you a brief on whether you should spend your money and time to watch Hrithik’s latest outing at the theater.
Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik Roshan) plays the role of a blind dubbing artist. He falls in love and marries Supriya Sharma (Yami Gautam). Some time later after their marriage, Supriya dies as she caught the eye of a local gunda played by Amit (Rohit Roy). The movie starts with the ideal life of the couple and the later building up of the story works as an advantage. Rohan, frustrated by the system, decides to requite her death. The movie is quite adventurous and shows how he makes a plan and avenges his wife’s death despite his weaknesses.
Kaabil is definitely a big career risk for Hrithik Roshan. The only reason we believe that Kaabil worked is because of Hrithik’s simplicity and his determination to work. Hrithik leaves you in awe of him right from the first scene where he is seen making breakfast till the last scene. Hrithik and Yami’s chemistry is outstanding. The idea to cast these two opposite each other works for the movie brilliantly. The script is the movie’s spotlight and narration and not some VFX. The brothers of the industry – Ronit and Rohit Roy did a great job and left an impact through their bad boy roles. The movie had extremely crisp narration and the monologue by Hrithik right before the interval was very clever and could give you goosebumps. The soundtrack of the movie is a throwback to the 90s. Urvashi Rautela’s item song Haseeno Ka Deewana provides the right break to an otherwise serious scenario. Kaabil beautifully combines sentiment and action. Rape scenes are difficult to watch but the sensitive manner in which Sanjay Gupta has portrayed it is something the other filmmakers should learn. This movie proves that revenge is indeed the favorite theme of Bollywood. Sanjay Gupta highlights the cliches of the country by showcasing corrupt and unsympathetic cops who are friends with the politicians; local politicians who use their power and money to get their way; and fearless local goons.
The film begins too slow. Instead one is lulled into a sense of ease, instead of a thriller, with the romance and the songs, which makes one restless. There is no dull moment later on. There are a few cringe-worthy scenes with special effects. Kaabil has a very slow first part and we wished it could pick up pace earlier. Yami’s scenes in the second half and her dialogues with Hrithik also feel forced. Kaabil is dark and violent. The script hardly has scope for humor and some relief. That can become tiresome after a while. The songs are a bore and don’t really fit in the script. There are few irritants, though, like how is Rohan shopping in a superstore for hardware etc, why does he want photos on his cell phone and how come all the cops use iPhone 6s?
What to do:
Kaabil is a blend of a perfect masala film, however, it isn’t something very extraordinary. It is an absolute must for all Hrithik Roshan fans. For the ones who aren’t his fan, might end up becoming one after watching this movie.