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
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 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 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 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
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 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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VISHAL28497751: Saw kaabil...."OUTSTANDING" @iHrithik career best performance @_SanjayGupta @RakeshRoshan_N congrsultn for giving us a master piece 4.5/5
tattooworld48: Thankyou @iHrithik sir for the Republic Day gift as #kaabil love you till death, stay blessed
tarunredde: Super liked The First Half of #Raaes & The Second half of #Kaabil!!
TanMayMore7: What a film man! #Kaabil Really awesome piece of work!
tandralahiry123: a big hug @yamigautam ..loved ur sweet performance... looking sooo beautiful..#Kaabil enjoyed totally
Sudipto_93: Can I rate any movie 10 out of 5. Its half time and thats my rating for #Kaabil
subodhkaushik10: Kaabil is more kaabil then raish
startafresh4: What an amazing movie Kaabil is! With obvious reference to River and Shadow Reaper, this one is a must watch!
spsaurabhpatil4: Nice movie kabil. Ek no
sonu_bit08: Must watch......#Kaabil ...... Ultimate movie.
Soni_Gourav: Amazing movie #kaabil . twists were too gooood... definitely kaabil @iHrithik @yamigautam
SonewaneMahul: Kaabil is a awesome Movie. Thanks @FilmKRAFTfilms team and @iHrithik Sir for Made such a beautiful Love story and conveyed via Movie.
smit0635: #Kaabil Is outstanding..!! @iHrithik phenomenal..! One of the best Bollywood movie.!!
sisidingole: Second time done with Kaabil. And same feeling i got when i saw it first time . Really amazing. STUPENDOUS!! @iHrithik @yamigautam #Kaabil
singh_maya: watched #Kaabil today and loved it....paisa vasool movie and with great editing and script #KaabilWinningHearts Loved #HrithikRoshan acting
Shovon_Boss: Watched #Kaabil !! @iHrithik career best performance!Dont miss the flim.
ShantanuLiimaye: Finally watched #kaabil. Wow, Man what a performance by @iHrithik Simply outstanding, mind blowing. No words to express @yamigautam
shankarvemuri: Kaabil movie excellent
ShanalJauhari: Definitely #Kaabil -e-taareef! @iHrithik is mind blowing, so is @yamigautam #KaabilWinningHearts #MustWatch
ShaibalNeogi1: just watched...itz just amezing superb performens by Hrithik sir & whole team. what a #kaabil day!! Thank You. #full_paisa_wasool
SellyMUFC: Astonishingly skilled performance
sda_dev: What a movie #Kaabil #KaabilDay Thanks @iHrithik @FilmKRAFTfilms Next best movie #JollyLLB2 @akshaykumar will have comparable this year
samarth0224: Sir @iHrithik watched ur film & it's just #Kaabil-e-tareef. Thanks fr such awesome #Republic Day holiday....
SahaArghyadip: Great movie... Great performance by Hrithik Roshan... #Kaabil
sachinrghv2: #kaabil is an astonishing movie ..acting of highest order from super dancer @iHrithik and @yamigautam ..must watch fr all
RudrapalRaghu: Kaabil movie Kabul-e-tareef hai
RowdyHere: Watched #Kaabil.. it is just fucking Awesome movie.. @iHrithik bro u nailed it with Ur Spectacular Performance
Ronrikrok: #Kaabil is a gift to audiences so early in this year a real gem
rohitrai83: Such a fantastic move #kabil @iHrithik . Good that I choose #Kabilawesome instead of #Raees . I will say 10/10 to #Kabilgreat #kabilreview
RGTUconfessions: Kaabil-A paisa vasool movie ☺ Go and watch it once ! A perfect Story
ravindrakohale: Thanks @iHrithik for #kaabil e taarif a must watch movie....Superb performance ...Loved it #KaabilWinningHearts @yamigautam
rajatsahoo823: Super act hrithik ....full paisa basool #Kaabil
parulphysio: It was awesome movie
pankaj96477: Just watch kabil awesome movie
Nishantnehra47: Kabil is good movie sir between raees
Niiivee: #Kaabil best movie...
Mister_Awessome: #Kaabil brilliant performance duggu @iHrithik Expected story still kept it interesting till d end
mburadkar88: Just watch #Kaabil, superb movie. @yamigautam & @iHrithik done the unbelievable performance. Superhit Love u all
mayankbathwal: Kaabil - loved the movie and am so glad to see Hrithik back at his best - superb performance. The script was really nice. #kaabil
manoharpanwar28: #kabil @iHrithik A beauty of acting, action, drama ...
LovefrndVinod: Super duper hit movie #kaabil paisa wasool romantic, emotional sab masala h @iHrithik @yamigautam
laxmina46865657: Kaabil is the best film
kumarpiyush2929: #Kaabil what a dialogue @iHrithik it's delivery time is much better than #Raees If u want a paise walsool movie on #RepublicDay go #Kaabil
kumarmanohar10: #kaabil is just awesome movie Must watch. Great acting by @iHrithik #RonitRoy #RohitRoy
kumargajendra09: Just watched Kaabil.Loved it.Hrithik Roshan was Great.#Kaabil bano #Raees apne ho jaayoge
Kingsralwsaln: Kabil is a fantastic movie...
khanna_dhiraj: #Kaabil - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
justanupama: Just watched #kaabil amazing movie..! Everything in the movie was really natural, nothing overdramatic!!! Just loved it!!
jstvinod: #Kaabil is million times better than #Raees
Jolly_Jinu: Brilliant #Kaabil @iHrithik best performance according to me and @yamigautam was on same level brilliant
JaiHo_JaiHo1: #Kaabil Excellent movie...must watch...long term winner....will take all awards
J2525Singh: Kabil is a great movie guys.lets see it
immukesh37: Just watched #Kaabil Omg .... Sir I have no words to explain it @iHrithik Your acting mindblowing
ImCk14: Everyone knows that #Kaabil film story is simply outstanding but according to me @iHrithik acting make it more than outstanding #SaluteHR
iAnvi: #Kaabil Loved It, Much Better Than Xpected
Iamvk21M: #Kaabil Awesome nail biting thriller @iHrithik superb acting take a bow...
iAmHrit: Got to see an awesome movie today. Living up to the expectations. @iHrithik @yamigautam @RonitBoseRoy Superb acting. Great movie. #Kaabil
husain_rampur: Amazing Movie out there after a Long Break @iHrithik Amazing Movie & Story ❤️ #Kaabil
HrushikeshVaze: Sirji, we loved your Voice and Acting in #Kaabil Once again an awsm performance by our #KDPathak #BaritoneVoice @RonitBoseRoy @poojaaher5
grivajain: Awesome movie #Kaabil Best performances by @iHrithik and @yamigautam .Just loved it
giveawayfazo: U hve done such a blast in KAABIL
gazimonirul1: Watched #Kaabil What a bravura performance @iHrithik He takes your breath away! Congrats @_SanjayGupta for making such a brilliant film
fayaz1299: Just watched #kaabil awesome movie., Hatsoff @iHrithik sir, most versatile and superb acting, level of hard work for this film unreachable!!
dreamgirlparna: Awesome movie kaabil @iHrithik
Dnyaneshwarnich: Kabil is good film in this beautiful love story.
dipRoller: Watched #KaabilvsRaees, trust me Kaabil is the real Kaabil..Excellent performance by @iHrithik Thanks for the great movie.
deydeepak15: #kabil great movie
devrajsinh18: That was a kaabil e tarrif performance @iHrithik ... Wonderful #Kaabil
DevgnAjayFan: Just watched #Kaabil, @iHrithik's acting effort is commendable, one of best performance of Hrithik... @_SanjayGupta sir thanx for grt film
DebarshiSharma: #KAABIL was epic. @iHrithik was super awesome.. loved it
dasmanoranjan12: I think Kaabil is best movie in 2017
coolsachin_sk: I hv just watched kaabil.. HrithikRoshan nailed it.. Wow.. Everyone should watch this film.. Kya acting thi yaar..
cool_dude43: #Kaabil is an outstanding movie with gripping story power packed performance by evryn esp @iHrithik he is back with a bang @FilmKRAFTfilms
cchandratre77: #Kaabil is a must for all. @iHrithik Sir you are outstanding as always. Your performances are superior to any clashes. #HappyRepublicday !!
bharti1306: Kaabil nice movie
Bellasara_: #Kaabil was good 8.5/10 because @iHrithik
BeingDivya16: First Half was full of happiness... I cried along with u @iHrithik !! Second Half Perfect Revenge... Had tears of Joy !! #Kaabil ❤️
bedseraju: This #blindfurry is so #Kaabil and worth to watch @iHrithik
Bansi_17: Awesome,fantastic, fabulous,jakkkaaasss.. Great acting @iHrithik @yamigautam @RonitBoseRoy. Best story narration..Well directed..#Kaabil.Fan
b2sharan: #Kaabil very good movie, in spite of an unconvincing 2nd half & unecessary item number. @HritikRoshan is outstanding as always.
ashoksinch: #kaabil just awesome
ArshilMir: Superb Direction of #Kaabil @_SanjayGupta
Arshadparvez10: Just watched #kaabil Outstanding Performance by @iHrithik & @yamigautam @RonitBoseRoy @rohitroy500
arpitsizzle: Must Watch #Kaabil
Ankitpvmi: It's was my #kabilday Amazing movie by amazing actor @iHrithik . Thank u so much for making like #kabil
amritabasu22: #Kaabil is superhit. U r superb @iHrithik .
Aliatard: #Kaabil intermission... best of #HrithikRoshan ... one of the best film of this decade as of now...
AlainPrashu: Two brilliant actors.. Two big movies... But #hritikroshan seems more #Kaabil
akshaydubey703: Awesome movie #Kaabil! Feel very proud to be a part of the film. It will touch hearts! @iHrithik @_SanjayGupta @RakeshRoshan_N @Sulaiman
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
AbdulrazkRazzaq: I cant forgot the story of kaabil its an amazing movie...its the best movie ever @iHrithik
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..
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