Kurbaan - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
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All but a couple Muslim's are terrorists. Is that what we need to hear in this day & age? Predictable to the minutest detail and utterly-butterly s..l..o..w. You sure have better ways to induce yawns now, don't you?

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50 reviewers have given Kurbaan an average rating of 2.8/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...This film is a little different from your standard issue “terrorism” film because it brings the conflict closer to home.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...You might find it hard to shake off the ‘Fanaa’ and ‘New York’ images from your mind... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi, aslibaat.com ...Neither preachy nor wanting to make a statement, Kurbaan keeps it simple.... full review

Thumbs up by Manish Gajjar, BBC ...Thanks to producer Karan Johar's uncompromised efforts; Kurbaan has that classy Hollywood feel to it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aly Kassam, Bolly Spice ...The technicalities are all excellent... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ... Drop everything else you're doing to watch KURBAAN... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ... As the story moves forward, it becomes more engrossing. You won’t able to understand how time passes.... full review

Thumbs up by Anand Vaishnav, Buzz18 ...Post interval the pace slackens and the tension between the lead characters becomes monotonous... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...it can't decide if it wants to be a serious film addressing a burning issue, or a commercial potboiler set against the backdrop of terrorism.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...What makes Kurbaan a must watch are superlative performances (rated below) from the entire cast - right from the lead stars to those FBI characters played by foreigners.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij Mehta, J.A.M ...Kareena Kapoor looks great and delivers a fine performance. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Rensil does his best to incorporate all the different voices of Islam into the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ...Kurbaan pays enough justice to both - the terrorist plot as well as the story of the cursed lovers. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...The film manages to be superior to other films on global terrorism, a theme that now threatens to turn into a full-blown commercial formula.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...The love story is beautifully penned and the fire cracking chemistry between Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor works to the hilt in this angle... full review

Thumbs up by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...The second thing that works for the movie is the uniformly high quality of acting, with Vivek Oberoi being the only weak link and Om Puri and Kiron Kher being the strongest.... full review

Thumbs up by Chandrima Pal, Rediff .... This seems to have been an uncompromised film -- right from the convincing extras in the outdoor scenes, the policemen, reporters and FBI agents, to the choice of locations, sets, props and the blast sequences. The detailing is evident.... full review

Thumbs up by Renzil D'Silva, SmasHits.com ...quite a perfect film... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...This is Salim-Sulaiman’s best score in a long time with the romantic Shukran Allah, the haunting Ali Maula and seductive Rasiya.... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Anurag Kashyap and Niranjan Iyengar dialogues add value to the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Raghav Ramaiah, Talking Popcorns ...Dharma Productions have always lived up to the expectations and this time around its no different.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Karan Johar’s story has gravitas. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Kurbaan’ is in no way akin to ‘Fanaa’ or ‘New York’ as it does not glorify terrorism nor paints it in a sugary coated frame. ... full review

So-So by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood ... The sensible, pacifist, real-life-centered part of me is glad, but my more emotional side was disappointed. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Kareena gives him tough competition with a superb portrayal of a helpless girl caught in the web of terrorism. ... full review

So-So by Hiral Sachde Thakkar, DearCinema ...It does not judge terrorists or terrorism from any perspective. Kurbaan is neither as flimsy as Fanaa nor as hard-hitting as A Wednesday.... full review

So-So by Deep, Deep's Home ...Kareena Kapoor was the best.. she acted very well, Saif was pretty good too but nothing so impressive.. the worst part was, Vivek Oberoi..... full review

So-So by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...Kurbaan's sketchiness then starts peeking out from underneath all the gloss. ... full review

So-So by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...Apart from the storyline flaws, Kurbaan as a movie works.... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...the film suffers from a fatal duality, between what it says and what it shows. ... full review

So-So real bollywoood ...Hemant Chaturvedi’s camerawork matches international standards and so does Nakul Kamte’s Sound work.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...His original thought or opinion on the subject is sorely missed and the portrayal of terrorism follows exactly what we’ve seen in films so far.... full review

Thumbs down Apun Ka Choice ...I can go on and on in exposing the ridiculousness of this so called blood-stained love story which is nothing more than a colossal sham in the name of serious cinema... full review

Thumbs down by Blogeswari, Blogeswari ... When in doubt, add an Allah, Khudafeez to the lyrics. Yes, Salim-Suleiman's background score is really good but the tunes are so... predictable.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Avantika adds nothing to the discourse. If she’s an instrument of change, it doesn’t register forcefully. If she’s a mouthpiece for ideology, that’s not evident either. She’s simply a pawn. She’s nothing.... full review

Thumbs down by Rakesh, Desicritics ...Saif and Kareena have been together for so long that no matter how hard they try to act like strangers; they come across as a couple having a love tiff.... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Funnily, Avantika who had got a job in the first place, is never shown to go to work.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ... Kurbaan Director : Music : Lyrics : Starring : Rensil D'Silva Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant Niranjan Iyendar & Irfan Siddiqui Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Kirron Kher and Om Puri Kurbaan Movie Review November 20, 2009 11:15:49 AM IST By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network Send to Friend view KURBAAN videos view KURBAAN videos KURBAAN is NEW YORK. But with a different set of actors. KURBAAN is also SHOOT ON SIGHT, again with different actors. The plot remains the same, the twists and turns fails to surprise you and the end is inevitable. However, here, the love story has been hyped, thanks to Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor having an off-screen romance as well. But the intensity and the love undercurrents between Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh, and the romance between Kaif and John Abraham that was visible in NEW YORK is missing in KURBAAN. Technically the movie is sound; acting wise, everyone chips in with a fine performance. The look, feel and action sequences are top class, but then you are not seeing anything new that has not been shown in the recent past. The above-mentioned films are just the recent references. Ehsaan (Saif Ali Khan) falls in love with Avantika (Kareena Kapoor). Both teach in the same college in New Delhi. Avantika is back from the US, as she had to tend to her ailing father. Six month later, she gets a call from her University to come back. Ehsaan says he does not mind sacrificing his career to join her. He is traditional he says, not selfish. So off they go to the US and manage to find a home in an Indian neighbourhood. She also manages to find him a job in her college. Their neighbours befriend the new couple and that's when things spiral out of control. There are many loose ends. The US knows Ehsaan as Khalid the dreaded terrorist. They have his photograph. When he comes back to the US with Avantika as Ehsaan, he has just trimmed his beard to a French cut. He still looks the same, yet they cannot detect him entering Kennedy Airport! view KURBAAN movie stills view KURBAAN movie stills In one scene, where Saif and his fundamentalist pal are going off to dispose a dead body, they are trapped in a routine road check. Bullets are exchanged and there is a chase. It is hard to digest the fact that these cops in the US would not have called for a back up. They all get killed and Saif escapes with a bullet wound. He gets it treated at home and a few minutes later, he is in the shower. The wound is still fresh. There are a few more loose ends but the biggest joke is the character (a television journalist) played by Vivek Oberoi. An aircraft carrying a delegation of US officials along with hordes of journalists has been blown up mid air. He loses his girlfriend Dia Mirza in that blast. In his office, he hears Avantika's frantic message asking Dia not to board the flight as there is a bomb on board and her husband too is involved. Armed with the most vital clue, Vivek decides to investigate the bombing himself! He joins their network to learn more and no one misses him at his work place. All he had to do was give the FBI a tip-off after learning of their activities in the first two meetings, if not at the first instance. I mean, c'mon, this here is a big bombing, and you are sitting on the most telling lead! Nothing adds up but for the hyped romance between Saif and Kareena. Both are in terrific form. Rating - 2/5 Read Comments & Post Your Comments AddThis Rate this Movie Submit * Wallpaper * Posters * Stills * Broadband Kurbaan 1024x768 | 1280x960 Send to Friend Kurbaan 1024x768 | 1280x960 Send to Friend Kurbaan 1024x768 | 1280x960 Send to Friend More Kurbaan Wallpapers... Kurbaan Views : 2974 Kurbaan Views : 1269 Kurbaan Views : 1243 More Kurbaan Posters... Kurbaan Views : 574 Kurbaan Views : 399 Kurbaan Views : 536 Kurbaan Views : 415 More Kurbaan Stills... Video Video U were rude SAIF I am HURT Video U were rude SAIF I am HURT more kurbaan videos... Tell us what you think of this movie ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...a perennially reworked spinning a yarn of sorts... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com ...Saif Ali Khan is pretty good and restrained throughout, but he hams it up by making asinine expressions in the otherwise thought provoking scene where Kareena tends to his bullet wounds... full review

Thumbs down by Amrita , Indiequill ...In the end he makes the worst possible choice and made a Bollywood movie about bad guys and good guys and the hot chick in the middle that pauses to reflect upon the Meaning of Terrible Things.... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...But the performances, melodious music and snazzy camerawork cannot camouflage Kurbaan’s specious logic and faulty writing. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sahil Rizwan, Off the Record...On the Net ...Kurbaan is to socially relevant cinema what Savita Bhabhi is to the empowerment of women.... full review

Thumbs down by Magik, Passion for Cinema ...even the older ones seemed way too dignified & sensitive in handling the issue.... full review

Thumbs down by Munis Syed, Passion for Cinema ...I know that Kurbaan is just another not-to-be-taken-seriously Bollywood potboiler but I believe even if the popular forms of entertainment take up topics as serious as terrorism/religious extremism, it should at least do so responsibly.... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...die smiling and we’ll make sure there is a massive publicity campaign supporting your story... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Passion for Cinema ...most shallow film of 2009... full review

Thumbs down by Tony, Radio Sargam ...Music on the other hand does fit in well with the film. Hands up to Salim-Suleiman.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Upper Stall ...The performances too fail to lift the film. But one has to grant the actors that they have nothing to work with. ... full review