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A decent thriller. If only there were a couple edge-on-seat plot points.

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Director: Sanjay Gupta
Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Action, Revenge, Thriller
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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 might not be the best thriller out there, but it surely keeps you wondering, “HowHeDunnit”.

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

36 reviewers(?) - 17 yays 14 so-so 5 nays

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Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, KAABIL is gripping, gut-wrenching and is likely to stay with you for a long time. Now that DANGAL has almost exhausted its run at the ticket windows, the box-office is quiet and subdued and KAABIL should have no difficulty filling seats at cineplexes, despite a strong opponent releasing alongside. Rich in merits, this film has the power and potential to emerge a success story at the box-office. Highly recommended! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life : ...Kaabil is Hrithik Roshan‘s career best performance. Watch and marvel at what can easily be termed as the finest performance to come out of Bollywood in a long time. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...The highpoint of ‘Kaabil’ is that, the plot of the film is very okay but the screenplay is intelligently played out. The film won’t bore you even for a second. ‘Kaabil’ is overwhelming, magical and a feel good film. The film is one of the most interesting revenge sagas made in the recent times. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Yatin Sharma, Desi Martini : ...Kaabil belongs to one man and that is its leading man Hrithik Dedicated Roshan. The actor who seems to have put all his heart and soul into the making of this riveting drama is worth the price of your tickets alone. While his earnest and hard worked performance compliments the tight script of the film, the straightforward yet seemingly outdated direction of the film by Sanjay Gupta keeps you thoroughly entertained. Kaabil is for viewers who don’t mind watching entertainers. Don't be surprised if the actor walks away with all major awards of the season next year. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...All of you who love tales of retribution. Kaabil is unmissable. Do not not miss it for anything . I mean anything. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Pihu, Desi Martini : ...Sanjay Gupta who is mostly recognized for his stylish display of stories takes a different route this time. However, he succeeds bigtime in keeping you engrossed. The film on the whole belongs to Hrithik as he single handedly carries the film on this shoulder. Go for this one you won’t be disappointed!... full review

Thumbs up, by Akshay Kapoor, Desi Martini : ...It's beyond the par performance wise. Hrithik gave a refreshing performance for a thriller genre. He covers every emotion his character demands love, action, grief, pain. Direction is captivating except some logical loopholes which can be ignored if you get a full entertainer. Story is enthralling till the end. A must watch.... full review

Thumbs up, by Shakha Singh, Desi Martini : ...Kaabil caters to the entertainment seeking audience in a way that it never loses its focus even once. At a runtime of just over two hours, the Hrithik Roshan starrer strikes all chords just spot on. With a tight screenplay and tighter execution, Kaabil hardly gives you anytime to deviate from its narration. The film that begins with a goofy yet appreciable romantic plot between its lead pair Hrithik and Yami, changes momentum in its second half to become an engaging drama! Kaabil won’t disappoint you. Go for it! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...Kaabil is old-school, emotional and forceful. And an absolute must for all Hrithik Roshan fans. And if you aren't his fan, you might feel differently after this film... full review

Thumbs up, by Ajay Kumar R, fullhyd.com : ...Salim-Sulaiman's and Rajesh Roshan's ensemble fuses Carribean music with contemporary Bollywood tunes to render both the necessary amounts of romantic flavour and oodles of tension when required. ... full review

Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Overall, Kaabil is one of the best films of Hrithik Roshan’s career. It’s intelligent, engrossing, entertaining and it had the audience clapping when Hrithik takes revenge. It’s not exactly the kind of film that would win over the critics, but should find acceptance amongst every section of the audience. ... full review

Thumbs up, by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia : ...‘Kaabil’ might have been packaged as a 90s style revenge drama but who cares about the packaging of a film as long as it gives you a bang for your buck, right? I found myself thoroughly entertained, got teary eyed and had my adrenaline rushing at several occasions while watching the film. I am pretty sure lovers of true-blue commercial Hindi cinema will go through the same experience as they see this film. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...As a producer, Rakesh Roshan has ensured that Kaabil turns out to be a commercial film for the audiences that has all the right ingredients in place and that too in the right proportions. It must have been quite a challenge to have three creative brains (Sanjay, Hrithik and himself) to blend seamlessly and deliver a product which is in just the right synch. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...While the story isn't novel, if you must catch this one, it should be for the performances and for the manner in which the chain of events unravel. ... full review

Thumbs up, Sify Movies : ...Kaabil is a film about love and its abrupt send-off. It is a violent film. But the emphasis is on the damage done to the soul of the wronged man. It must be seen for Hrithik Roshan's incredibly moving performance and for the unexpected glimpse it provides into its director's romantic personality. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Technically the film is adept, Thanks to masters like Sudeep Chatterjee (camera) and Resul Pookutty(sound). However Rajesh Roshan’s yesteryear hits—Saara Zamana and Dil Kya Karen in their remixed avatars are pale imitations of their original versions. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...Hrithik has done a great job when it comes to acting. Camera work by Sudeep Chatterjee and Ayananka Bose deserves a special mention while music by Rajesh Roshan is a treat! ... full review

So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...But none of the film’s frills match up to the Hrithik Roshan’s efforts. He carries this film on his capable shoulders. His perfectly nuanced performance is the reason you’ll enjoy the thrills of Kaabil. ... full review

So-So, by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA', FirstPost : ...If you are able to look past many of these niggles it’s thank to Hrithik Roshan’s committed performance which keeps you rooting for his Rohan all the way. ... full review

So-So, by Swetha Ramakrishan, FirstPost : ...Having watched Kaabil I can only say that Hrithik Roshan's considerable acting abilities deserved a better scripted movie. More's the pity, because this is a film that starts off smartly, but stretches unnecessarily in a bid to establish Hrithik as the ultimate saviour. Everyone's trying too hard by the end to make it Hrithik's heroic story. ... full review

So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...Though it will remain debatable why such a predictable and cliche story was chosen to reclaim Hrithik Roshan's lost glory at the box office.... full review

So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Kaabil is not extraordinary, but it has all the elements of a ‘masala’ potboiler. The catch is that it’s been dished out in a typical Bollywood style which may not give it a novelty. But there isn’t any particular reason for not watching it. ... full review

So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...The film feels too good to be true after a certain point. Sanjay Gupta tries and tells his story well. There are several hitches that the viewer needs to deal with in this ride that he or she embarks on, much like Gupta's protagonist.... full review

So-So, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Kaabil is no where near perfect! Strictly for die-hard Hrithik fans who want to wash off Mohenjo Daro memories. A 2/5 for Kaabil. ... full review

So-So, by Sunkhayan Ghosh, Live Mint : ...Whatever we feel in Kaabil is because we see Roshan going through the range of emotions of his character; funny, considering, how the film would have benefited had it not served the star and given some of its energy to other characters and the screenplay ... full review

So-So, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...But if you were to keep your eyes glued to the screen and follow the blind man's graphite walking stick right down to the picture's climax, I'm fairly certain you won't be disappointed. Yeah, it is, for the most part, kaabil-e-tareef! ... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...They do not spring any major surprises, but these moments of excitement in the second half, for whatever they are worth, should give Hrithik Roshan fans reason enough to go home happy. ... full review

So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...This is perhaps Hrithik Roshan's best work, but the slow pace of everything: the dialog delivery, the hesitant walking, the dull songs (even the title track is a funeral dirge, and hence slow) make it a test of your patience.... full review

So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...The trigger point of his revenge may be an issue that plagues the country to disturbing levels but it serves nothing beyond an unabashed platform to vaunt a seething Hrithik, sentimental Hrithik, snarky Hrithik, sly Hrithik or spry Hrithik. ... full review

So-So, by Namrata Thaker, Rediff : ...Kaabil is a onetime watch only because of Hrithik Roshan. If you’re a die-hard fan, go for it. ... full review

So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Kaabil is highly capable but also entirely bloodless.... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Sanjay Gupta appears lost. There are far too many emotional beats in this story, and that’s not his strong point. And Gupta’s forte – getting off on sadistic, slickly shot violence – isn’t something you expect Papa Roshan to endorse....

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...There’s neither realism nor grit- just a whole lot of subterfuge masquerading as compassion for the differently-abled, in the centre of this misbegotten revenge drama. Hrithik has his intense moments but Yami fails to pass muster. Suresh Menon as the sympathetic friend is bearable. The Roy brothers are vile enough to draw up the dramatic tension. The music is bearable, Dialogues are offensive and direction is far more visually challenged than the central characters. This one has little to recommend it other than as a showreel for Hrithik’s talents. There’s neither logic, respect nor truth in this telling! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...Watch this if you are a fan of Roshan and you are in the mood for a love story laced with some stylised, bloody action. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Fatema Kagalwal, India Entertainment : ...But this ping ping pong ball session with interest becomes tiresome after a point when the long drawn out agony of the lead pair refuses to move you, or the shenanigans of the villains refuse to distress you. A film that was calling out to be vulnerable and raw quickly ends up being a cold, blunt butter knife instead. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Roshan gives it his all but the effort shows. There is too earnest a performer in him for his own spontaneous good. Add to that the close-ups, the cloying sentimentality and twitching of every facial pore and muscle. He just needs to relax and wait for better films. ... full review

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AJumbled: Surprisingly #Kaabil was a well filmed movie, tolerable throughout, consistent, extremely good performances, lacked thrill though.

abhudayparasar: No overacting, emotional, intense, Grt Movie, I wud rather say thanks to #SanjayGupta n #RakesRoshan who made such a intense movie! #Kaabil

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Aarifkhursheed: Must watch movie @FilmKRAFTfilms #Kaabil outstanding performance by @iHrithik & @yamigautam congratulations to the whole cast.

57_ravi: Bro tody i watched both film nd i must say kaabil is much bttr film thn raees ...Must watch kaabil

ramuklawjju: #Raees is 2.5/5 #Kaabil is 3/5 Both are crap, waste of money.

ManishJainn: #Kaabil had a very interesting premise, but wish the writing was as convincing like a #DontBreathe or an #Ankhen. One watch for #Hrithik :)

Leo_Farca: #Kaabil liked the dialogue delivery of Ronit roy.Wish he had more screen time and better story to perform.Other casts are ok.

B4d5hah: Watched Kaabil. Average movie. That 4* critics what are they smoking..

TweeterHimachal: #kaabil starts off well only to lose steam ,screenplay is childish with"SHOCK" twists that can be seen from Moon.Bad background score (2/n)

rjrandhir: #Kaabil has poor performance .... overseas .. #BOI

coolanis555: #Kaabil is not that kaabil

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Parental Guidance:

  • 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.

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Kaabil - Cast, crew, links

Running time:
130 minutes

Comments (8)

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Dont agree actually.
Nothing seems exceptional.
Even on paper its so predictable , i dont understand why RAkesh decided to produce it , with Hritik in lead and Sanjay Gupta s director.
i was literally saying the dialogues before actors opening their mouth.
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so many plot holes.


A complete out & out mass entertainer with HR delivering arguably his best since Lakshya. Unfortunately its box office prospects are dented thanks to [comment deleted partially because it is not relevant to the discussion of the film] star [comment deleted partially because it is not relevant to the discussion of the film] 65% of the screens for his film. Review coming up soon.


Despite lack of novelty and plenty of loopholes, Kaabil excels thanks to a flawless performance by its main lead and some slick action that we associate with all Sanjay Gupta films coupled with a typical underdog [comment partially deleted because it gives movie away] Rakesh Roshan storyline



@Meeta : "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." ~why exactly would that bother someone while watching a movie? Secondly, what do you have to say about A WEDNESDAY in the same context?

@Anuj because it is out of character. Someone who behaves like he would think twice before hitting a mosquito that is drinking its blood, suddenly becomes this macho man and has no qualms about mercilessly hitting/murdering people. Of course, I will never know, right? Howmuchever I try, I will never know what it is like to go through the torture that some of the protagonists have gone through to have reached the tipping point. But, just doesn't seem likely from the way the protagonist is portrayed before and after the event.

That is what makes 'A Wednesday' different, right? The protagonist was what he was from the beginning AND he did not actually physically injure anyone.


"because it is out of character" ~pure suspension of belief. The basic difference between real life & story telling. Especially when you watch Rakesh Roshan brand of films, be it Khoon Bhari Maang, Karan Arjun, Koi Mil Gaya or Kaabil.

An incredible and a must watch movie! Awesome acting by Hrithik and well directed by Sanjay Gupta.


Kaabil proves yet again that after Amitabh Bachhan if there is a real actor comfortable in various kinds of roles and genre of films then that is Hrithik Roshan. Hrithik has nailed very well the mannerisms of a blind person, the previous time that I can remember of such an effort being that of Naseeruddin Shah in Sparsh.
Other than Hrithik’s sincere and top-notch performance, Kaabil is an interesting watch thanks to its novelty value on how can a visually impaired person plan and execute the perfect revenge crimes. Had the protagonist been a person with normal fully functioning physical body then the revenge drama might not have held the interest, but here it is different. Unconsciously we perceive being blind as a handicap, simply because for us doing things with eyes closed is difficult. But for the handicapped person, it is no longer a handicap. [Comment edited because it gives a part of the movie away] Premise is nice, plot has been executed fairly well, and the interest is kept intact till the end.
On the basic revenge and vigilante justice system, of course it is not to be encouraged. On the other hand, given the often under-performing law and order system to bring justice to rape victims, such genre of films reflect the growing anger of people against this social vice. Hrithik and Yami portray well the victimized couple, your heart bleeds for them. Once that is achieved, the rest is easy – the audience is already craving for the blood of the perpetrators.
The film although is not very crisp. It could have been shorter (reduce the introduction, remove the regular occurrences of Hrithik’s thoughts spoken out aloud, etc.). Also: as in real life things do not go as planned (which makes the thriller part exciting), and then it is difficult to accept the twists and opportunities that favour the blind man regularly. It becomes too much of a “lucky” or “coincidental” break. But thanks to the intensity of Hrithik’s act, one can sit through it and even accept it.

On the main characters other than Hrithik Roshan: Yami risks getting seriously stereotyped[Comment edited because it gives a part of the movie away] (Action Jackson, Badlapur, and now Kaabil). Ronit Roy is brilliant, there are traces of Nana Patekar in his act (probably due to the Maharashtrian character that he plays), all other characters being just alright.

Overall: watch it to get a glimpse of the range of Hrithik's ability. And also for the novelty aspect on how a perfect crime does not require a perfect 36 quality human being.

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