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Review: Kaabil

Banner: Filmkraft Productions

Producer: Rakesh Roshan

Director: Sanjay Gupta

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy, Narendra Jha

Writer: Vijay Kumar Mishra (story), Sanjay Masoomm (dialogue)

Music: Rajesh Roshan

Kaabil

The most popular theme in the history of cinema is a battle between the forces of good and evil, where the former, obviously, wins. When handled with utmost care, the result has always been a very entertaining movie.

Add to the vendetta saga, drama and romance, and you have a win-win situation, provided the audience connects with the lead pair and their feelings strike a chord. And that’s Kaabil.

The connection with the audience is instant. The vibe between the two main protagonists is palpable from the very first scene, when the two main protagonists meet. Throughout the movie, you will want them to fall in love,and when they do, you want them to be happy. And, later, when they are happy, you want them to live happily ever after. Your sense of empathy is so strong that in troubled times, you can almost feel their pain.

Somewhere down the line, the lovers drift apart and the guy wants to take revenge on the forces that rent them as under. Here, too, you root for him, encouraging him to fight the forces of evil.

Not only does the film keep you firmly on the side of the main protagonists, it keeps you hooked throughout. This is exactly what commercial cinema should be like and the kind of cinema Rakesh Roshan is known for.

So what’s new about this story? Kaabil is a love story about two blind people. Kaabil is a story about a blind man taking revenge. Kaabil is about how two people who have only seen darkness in their lives dream about a beautiful life together. Kaabil underlines the adage, that where there’s a will, there’s a way. In this case, when a physically challenged individual knows what he is doing, he can pull it off.

Time and again, filmmakers have demonstrated that even a brilliant idea can quickly sink if the screenplay and dialogues are flawed, and last but not least, if not executed properly. Kaabil excels in each of these departments. The film not only has a tight script and screenplay, but the music has been smartly selected. It has beautiful lyrics and ingenious background music (it gives you goosebumps!).

Moreover, each actor has performed par excellence, with leading man Hrithik Roshan delivering his best performance to date. In fact, Hrithik Roshan’s performance makes you believe that Rohan Bhatnagar (the character he plays in the movie) can easily make the impossible, possible.

Kaabil is the perfect amalgamation of producer Rakesh Roshan, who is known for extracting the right emotions in all the movies he directed, and director Sanjay Gupta, who is known for his slick treatment.

Kaabil is about two blind people, Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik Roshan) and Supriya (Yami Gautam). They meet and find happiness. They fall in love and decide to get married. Supriya starts living with Rohan but, then, enter the two bad boys of the neighbourhood, Amit (Rohit Roy) and Wasim. Amit is the younger brother to a leader of the locality, Madhav (Ronit Roy).

Amit and Wasim lust after Surpiya and they rape her. No one comes to the aid of the helpless blind couple and, considering what Rohan is going through, Supriya decides to commit suicide. The film is about how a blind man takes revenge and this forms the crux of the film.

While the emotional and light-hearted scenes are handled beautifully, it is the revenge aspect that looks dicey. One wonders how the writers wrote those scenes where a blind man takes on two powerful men and what kind of treatment a director would have to give to those scenes.

And that’s where the film scores. It is Hrithik Roshan’s performance that makes those scenes believable, but let’s not take away credit from the writers and director Gupta, who has handled these scenes with kid gloves. And yes, the revenge in the film looks believable.

The taut screenplay is blended with superlative dialogues and performances, and your attention does not flag, even for a second. The film is a complete package and a perfect example of what a determined team can produce. Barring a few scenes, especially the first few minutes post-interval, and the item song, the film is captivating.

As a director, Sanjay Gupta gives his best to date, right from choosing a brilliant concept to getting the perfect screenplay and dialogue. In fact, producer Rakesh Roshan and director Gupta have assembled the best in the business (for this kind of film).

Cinematography  by Sudeep Chatterjee, Ayananka Bose is superb, and as far as action is concerned, Sham Kaushal has delivered one of his best. Editing by Akiv Ali is top notch. Background score by Salim-Sulaiman is another USP of the film.

Music by Rajesh Roshan may not be chart-busting yet, but it will be after the film’s release as it blends very well with the screenplay and takes the story forward.

Performance-wise, the film belongs to Hrithik Roshan. It is indeed an award-winning performance. He carries this film on his shoulders and once again proves that he’s one of the best we have. Yami Gautam looks pretty and does a great job. Ronit Roy, as always, delivers a knockout performance. Rohit Roy is outstanding. Narendra Jha is very good. Girish Kulkarni doesn’t have much to do but he makes his presence felt. Suresh Menon is good. Akhilendra Mishra is just about okay. The actor who essays the role of Wasim is a good find.

Verdict: Hit.

 

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