Review - Kambakkht Ishq: generates hatred for films
The story got left behind, far behind. What story, you may ask? And a good question it would be. I can't find a single nice thing to say about a film. Not a line, not one joke. What can you do when the maker's aim is to make an awful film? It runs literally dead slow and has not as much as an iota to savor.
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An auspicious red and golden cloth flies across the bright blue Los Angeles sky. It is intercut between shots of the source and the destination - Sim's (Kareena Kapoor's) purse on to Viraj's (Akshay Kumar's) face. Creativity of the 50s-90s reproduces itself in Kambakkht Ishq. What were they thinking? Sorry, "thinking" is way too big a word.
Usually, even if it's a bad film, I end up saying, "at least it put some money in the flow, good for the economy." But, I cannot stop hurting at the crores and crores of Rupees drowning from the drain to the core of the earth. What is it that prompted the supposed top-of-the-line stars of the country to entertain this no-line (ouch...just can't make myself call it a plot) and expect the film-starved country to be entertained?
Unless the definition of entertainment has changed to - slo-mo entries, cake fight at a wedding, slap-a-thing-slap-it-again, leching, disgusting innuendos, and so on and so forth. The loud-louder-loudest, loud-louder-loudest contest between Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani, Amrita Arora, Jaaved Jaffrey, Kirron Kher and basically the entire cast is insufferable. Kirron Kher and Jaaved Jaffrey should now retire from this genre. For that matter Akshay and Kareena will do themselves AND US good too by not allowing such projects to find its way on the screen. Kareena looks good but she almost always does. So, what's the value-addition made by this particular set of makers?
Having the stalwarts of Hindi films cameo for your film is passé. Hollywood is the new trend. So, we have what looks like stock-footage of Bruce Willis to Angelina Jolie attending a "Stuntman's award ceremony". Then we have Denise Richards, Sylvester Stallone and Brandon do small gigs. And just in case you miss them, or don't recognize them, their name is repeated at every appearance. So, much for creative dialogue. The creativity actually lie in giving credits - Pooja Batra was credited for "acquiring foreign stars". Wonder who "acquired the Bollywood ones"?
The lines were bad, the jokes were lousy and needless to say predictable. The overall film cannot be called obvious because before you say the word "film" you know how it's going to end. Little did I know that the "establishing characters" bit was going to go on for the next 2.5 hours! I was wondering if the constant comments between Akshay and Kareena about each other's IQ was actually a hint at the audience who was still watching the film after the first 10 minutes.
More often than not, movies of this scale have good songs and choreography with an aesthetic sense. Not here. Music is typical Anu Malik stuff. The lyrics although are a bit more interesting than usual.
I don't remember ever having remembered my mom so often while watching a film. The brain went into a rhythmic pattern of internally yelling "MUMMMMY!!!" every couple minutes. The monsoon has set in guys. Go watch the leaves caress each other in the cool air. Certainly beats the awkward Akshay-Kareena
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: Tons of stunts
- Language: A few sex-related jokes.
- Nudity & Sexual content: The complete theme of the movie revolves around having sex.
Kambakkht Ishq - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Website Facebook Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: Eros Entertainment, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
- Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
- Director: Sabbir Khan
- Lead Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor
- Supporting Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Amrita Arora, Vindu Dara Singh, Jaaved Jaaferi, Kirron Kher
- Story: Anvita Dutt Guptan, Ishita Moitra, Sabbir Khan
- Screenplay: Kiran Kotrial, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Ishita Moitra, Sabbir Khan
- Dialogues: Anvita Dutt Guptan, Anvita Dutt Guptan
- Cinematography: Vikas Shivraman, Vikas Shivraman
- Background Score: Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
- Action Choreography: Spiro Razatos, Giorgio Antonini , Spiro Razatos, Franco Maria Salamon
- Choreography: Vaibhavi Merchant, Vaibhavi Merchant
- Music Director: RDB, Anu Malik
- Lyrics: RDB, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Sabbir Khan
- Costume Designer: Shabina Khan, Aki Narula
- Art Direction: Acropolis
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 135 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance