Kaabil - Review
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I am so tempted to repeat the first paragraph of the Raees review. It truly is heartening to see actors, who we associate with a certain type of cinema, do something slightly different. Just that bit is enough for me to not complain about them not breaking the mould completely. Kaabil might not be the best thriller out there, but it surely keeps you wondering, “HowHeDunnit”. And that bit doesn't disappoint.
Kaabil reminded me a lot of Aankhen. It had to, right? And I have this strong feeling that some plot points, if not all have been inspired from elsewhere. The tone of the film from the beginning kind of gives away how things are going to go with our hero. Also, the film spends a good half of the film on the couple but doesn't leave an emotional tug. These two things put together make Kaabil a little underwhelming.
Nevertheless, the curiosity about how it is done takes you through the film. Also, Hrithik Roshan is angry and sad more than being all goody-goody. When he does the latter, it usually gets annoying in the first few minutes. This could be why Yami Gautam and he don't make your hearts go all mush despite capable execution by Yami Gautam. The aggressive bits, Hrithik Roshan does much better though and that works for Kaabil. Ronit Roy and Girish Kulkarni add to this intensity by being the bad men that they might soon be stereotyped as.
The songs jar and the item number thrown in for good measure distracts from the seriousness of the film. However, Sanjay Gupta does control himself in the editing and camerawork department. There are no unnecessary quirks or choppy cuts which add to the films intensity.
While the dynamics of how the thrill is brought about are written well, the main character's transition bothered me. On the other hand, it has always bothered me when films have a common man, who is disappointed by the system, take matters into his own hands. So, that would make me reject half the films in this genre, right?
In that sense then, Kaabil is a worthy watch. Despite all the ifs and buts.
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: Loads and some gory too.
- Language: No abusive language
- Nudity & Sexual content: Rape is talked about and even though it is not explicitly shown, there are scenes where a rape has happened
- Concept: Revenge drama
- General Look and Feel: Despite being a thriller, the editing is not overdone. So moves along at a decent pace.
Kaabil - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Facebook Twitter YouTube Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: Filmkraft Productions
- Producer: Rakesh Roshan
- Director: Sanjay Gupta
- Lead Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam
- Supporting Cast: Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy, Narendra Jha, Shahidur Rahman, Akhilendra Mishra, Suresh Menon, Sunny Leone, Urvashi Rautela
- Story: Vijay Kumar Mishra
- Screenplay: Vijay Kumar Mishra
- Cinematography: Ayananka Bose, Sudeep Chaterjee
- Editor: Akiv Ali
- Background Score: Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
- Choreography: Ahmed Khan
- Music Director: Gourov Roshin, Rajesh Roshan
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 130 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Action, Thriller
Kaabil - Trailer
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