Kaabil Review


Plotline: –

Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik Roshan) is a blind person who earns his living as a dubbing artist. He meets Supriya (Yami Gautam), a visually impaired musician through a matchmaker and both click soon, fall in love and get married. Just when they assume everything in their life is going to be fine, Supriya is raped by Amit (Rohit Roy) and his friend Wasim (Md. Sahidur Rahman). Rohan and Supriya choose the legal way to get justice, but being the brother of a politician cum corporator Madhavrao Shellar (Ronit Roy), he is left unharmed.

What will Rohan and Supriya do? How will they bring justice to Supriya? The rest of the movie deals with this.

Positive points: –

  • Performances of the actors is top-notch especially Hrithik Roshan who leaves no stones unturned in his stellar act.
  • The cinematography of the movie is excellent and a few shots are even clap-worthy.
  • The action scenes are outstanding and the best thing is that utmost care has been taken in order to ensure that you can imagine a blind person to be performing them.
  • The ideation of the movie is fantastic and bit novel to Indian cinema. Kaabil doesn’t feel like a general revenge drama inspite of having clichéd elements thanks to its novelty.

Negative points: –

  • The VFX and SFX are so shoddy that even a child can catch the fact that the shooting has been done in a studio. I don’t know when Bollywood is going to understand that audiences don’t take these things lightly anymore and in order to make a mark in world cinema, VFX and SFX are top-priorities.
  • Inspite of being an engaging thriller-drama and taking care of the fact that things look reasonable, Kaabil is filled with a lot of plot-holes which don’t escape your eye even when you are watching the movie casually. For ex. How could Rohan leave Supriya alone at their house even after the rape incident and go to work, why didn’t Inspector Chaube use Rohan’s fingerprints to convict him, etc etc.

Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –

Sanjay Gupta does a pretty wonderful job with the direction of the movie. He takes good care that everything Rohan and Supriya do is justified with them being blind. The action scenes are well crafted and well directed and have been excellently performed as well. The screenplay by Sanjay Masoom and Vijay Kumar Mishra however has a lot of plot-holes which could have been abated during the course of making. A few sequences seemed to be forced on just to ensure that the movie continues. The VFX and SFX team disappointed with this flick, however Sudeep Chatterjee and Ayananka Bose stand out with their work in cinematography. Shaky camera work, long shots and all have been taken quite professionally which is commendable. The music could have been better but they do match with the mood of the movie which is a positive thing.

Performances: –

Hrithik Roshan stuns with his electrifying performance. He proves his versatility and his dedication yet again evincing the fact that he is still one of the most underused actors in the industry. His perfection as a blind man is praiseworthy and the way he executed his action sequences, you could just end up believing that he may have actually been blind! He outshines every other actor (even Ronit Roy) on screen and his act actually abates the glitches the movie has.

Yami Gautam is excellent as Supriya and I would dare to say this is her best performance till date. She is very expressive and doesn’t go overboard even once. Blame Hrithik if you weren’t focussing on her acting skills.

Ronit Roy is outstanding as ever as the arrogant and corrupt politician and his Marathi accent is also perfect.

Rohit Roy gets into the skin of Amit pretty well and delivers a subtle and convincing performance.

Girish Kulkarni of Dangal fame is outstanding as the corrupt sub-inspector. Narendra Jha is good too as the inspector.

Sahidur Rahman, Suresh Menon and Akhilesh Mishra too give good performances in their brief stints.

Final Verdict: –

Kaabil is a movie which many filmmakers in India would have botched up but not Sanjay Gupta. His direction and Hrithik’s sterling performance don’t fail to shock, thrill and entertain you inspite of the many loopholes the script has. Although I do feel Kaabil could have been made much better, it still makes an excellent piece of entertaining watch. Of what the movie deserves, I shall give 1 extra just for Hrithik’s nearly one-man show.



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