Movie review: KAABIL – A Loose-Vengeful Thriller-Drama with Blazing Hrithik

“What makes a 90’s looking, Hindi action-drama watchable?” Answer: Hrithik Roshan

Movie: Kaabil

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy, Narendra Jha, Suresh Menon, Md. Sahidur Rahaman, Akhilendra Mishra, Girish Kulkarni, Urvashi Rautela (special appearance in a song)

Director: Sanjay Gupta

Rating: 3.5 a (+.5) especially for Hrithik.

"Kaabil" is well-intentioned but a fairly predictable picture. It began as a quick-to-conclude love story of a blind, married couple - Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) and Supriya (Yami Gautam). Independently earning, sans-pity and happy together their lives are shattered when the latter got molested by a local-goon, Amit (Rohit Roy) the younger brother of a political corporater, Shellar (Ronit Roy). Police turn a blind-eye to avoid stirrings causing continuous torment of the lady resulting in her suicide. Subsequently, through a rapid-twist of events the “victim transformed into a huntsman”, plotting a clever and equally vicious revenge against the scott free perpetrators.

Photo courtesy: Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd

As quite evident from promos, the dull-sounding plot desperately needed an able handed steering. Director Sanjay Gupta (“Kaante”, “Zinda”) depicted some genuinely tense scenes with intermittent spot-on dialogues (Sanjay Masoom, “Jannat”) and enthralling action (Sham Kaushal, “Gangs of Wasseypur”) marked with his signature dark, graphic-novella theme galvanized in a rate-A sound design (Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty, “Slumdog Millionaire”) and paced background scoring by the regulars Salim-Suleiman (“Krrish 3”).

However, the so-called adaptation of the Korean “Broken” and Hollywood’s samurai-action flick “Blind Fury” couldn’t help the uneven pacing of this two-hour plus stretched film. The average-soundtrack and the VFXed outdoor-backgrounds appeared a little too tacky, not to mention disappointing from such standards.

Thankfully, the casting choices are the best thing about the film. Yami shares a natural chemistry with his co-star and is endearing in every frame. Rohit is maniacal and brief who should also be doing more films just like his real elder-sibling Ronit, already a master-antagonist, displaying his “Udaan”s alternate-version possessing steroidal-tendencies. Cops played by Narendra Jha (“Haider”) have an interestingly-shaped character-sketch along with buffoonishly-condemning Girish Kulkarni (“Dangal”, “Ugly”).

Though, the show-stealer is Hrithik Roshan, all the way and is blazingly brilliant in his portrayal. We tend to involuntarily follow his character’s blind eyes each time, trying to grab a sense of being in a world where his entire life had been disintegrated. Truly remarkable and one of his finest so far.

Given the favourable word-of-mouth, perhaps, “Kaabil” may sail just fine with some fair-collections coming its way. Then again, even a frequent viewer of Hindi films (like me) was honestly a little reluctant to watch it and wasn’t completely wrong either; however, a thriller about an underdog never went too mundane for a viewer.

Tanay Chaudhari
Tanay Chaudhari – Contributor

An Engineering Graduate and a Management Professional, Tanay Chaudhari became an "admirer of celluloid" much earlier in life. Starting a decade back, the picking up of film-making variants gradually gravitated into a sincere interest of writing reviews on parallel and popular cinema. His film reviews are regularly being published for past five years in print as well as on popular websites, earning him recognition as a writer and even an award.