Kaabil Movie Review

Hrithik Roshan returns after a disappointing outing in ‘Mohenjo Daro’ last year, with his latest film ‘Kaabil’ where he plays the role of a blind man. The film, directed by Sanjay Gupta, also stars Yami Gautam as the female lead and the Roy brothers (Ronit, Rohit) are the lead antagonists. The promos of ‘Kaabil’ haven’t really caught on, which could actually work in favour of the film as the expectations are low. Given the competition from a big film like Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’, ‘Kaabil’ absolutely needs to be a good film to make a mark at the all-important box office. Does it work? No better time to find out than now!

Story: ‘Kaabil’ is about a blind couple Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik Roshan) and Supriya Bhatnagar (Yami Gautam), who meet, connect and decide to get married. It’s all happy and beautiful, until tragedy strikes in the form of Amit Shellar (Rohit Roy) – the younger brother of powerful contractor Madhavrao Shellar (Ronit Roy). Without going into more details about the storyline, the rest of the film is about a blind man’s revenge.

Review: Kaabil starts slow and takes its own sweet time to get going. The 45 minutes are all about the Hrithik and Yami love story, after which the real action begins. And once it does, there is no stopping Kaabil as the revenge portions of the film get better with each new revenge that Hrithik takes. Sanjay Gupta’s direction is top notch, but it’s the writing (Sanjay Masoom and Vijay Kumar Mishra) that makes what was supposed to be a predictable film, very unpredictable with quite a few twists and turns.

Kaabil is also a classic Rakesh Roshan film, even though he isn’t the director here. It’s a formula that has worked for him so many times and Kaabil is no different. It sucks you into the happy world of the Bhatnagars and shocks you when the tragedy strikes for the second time. It peaks at the interval point and continues to surprise throughout the second half, culminating in a fantastic climax.

The negatives are few; the ‘Haseeno Ka Deewana’ song seemed like it was forced into the film to please the masses. Rajesh Roshan’s music is a major disappointment, but the background score by Salim–Sulaiman more than makes up for it. The film has been well-shot and the production-values are high, even though its a medium budget film.

Performances: Hrithik Roshan delivers the best performance of his career in ‘Kaabil’, even better than his career-best act in films like ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and ‘Guzaarish’. Whether it’s his body language, eye movement, expressions or dialogue delivery, Hrithik is in top form in a role that could’ve gone horribly role with a lesser actor. Watch out for his mimicry scenes, that are possibly the most entertaining bits in the film, added to provide ‘comic relief’ for the audience. Yami Gautam doesn’t have a major role to play, but she looks beautiful and acts very well. Ronit Roy is brilliant as the lead antagonist and perfectly cast. Ronit Roy is good. The rest of the supporting cast – Narendra Jha, Girish Kulkarni, Suresh Menon – are excellent too.

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.

Positives:

  • Hrithik Roshan’s outstanding performance, the film wouldn’t have worked without him.
  • The revenge portions. All of them very well handled.
  • Kaabil has a bit of everything; comedy, romance, action.
  • Clean film, which can be watched with the entire family, except very young kids.
  • The blind angle to the film is very well handled and is possibly its USP.

Negatives:

  • Music, the veteran Rajesh Roshan simply does not have it in him anymore to deliver a good album.
Rating: ★★★★½
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120 Comments

  • The negatives are few; the ‘Haseeno Ka Deewana’ song seemed like it was forced into the film to please the masses. Rajesh Roshan’s music is a major disappointment

  • Waah, i mean waah! Forget about other flaws, you didn’t even mentioned how predictable the story is. For Raees you mentioned that the ideas through end aren’t new but not for Kaabil…waah! Also not about the lenght

    • @Yy Mithaiwala, both films have been reviewed by different people. Please don’t compare. End of the day, review is just one opinion. Watch for yourself and decide which is better. Thanks.

  • Agree…it has start slow but wom is going great here in toronto as well..by the weekend kaabil will take over..amazing review though

  • Okay then, Kaabil has better reviews than Raees, But i dont think it will challenge Raees collections. My Prediction for Kaabil:
    Day1: 10cr
    Lifetime: 95cr

  • So its better than Raees , Kaabil will grow now on word of mouth . Less than 100 will be disappoint . Now haters don’t bark paid review . Hr is back .

  • the reviews prove that you were biased towards kabil from the very beginning..leaving your website after the final box office results come out

  • Agree with everything you said. I will have to disagree with you on music though. It’s not chartbuster, it has feel of the 90s, but it sounds good to my ears. I don’t expect many to like the music, though, so no complains. Still can’t get over Hrithik’s performance, he pulled off 1 of the toughest roles there is with perfection. I’m expecting the occupancy to pickup by evening as public response was very good. Competition with Raees is a major roadblock.

  • Respect you for giving such a good review. But I’m afraid you dont have much knowledge about the music. It doesn’t always have to be chest thumping or a typical arijit singh song always. The music is by far one of the most hummable and melodious from Rajesh Roshan yet. It takes its time to grow on you. Kuch din and Mon Amour are gorgeous songs. You need to have a different perspective on things Indicine. But nevertheless, great review.

  • Kaabil is getting positive review from everywhere. I couldnt catch it becoz of my injury. 3 of mu friends watched it and they said its one of the best movie of this decade.
    Award worthy performance from Hrithik acc 2 my friends.
    looks like 5th filmfare is finally on its way from my Duggu.
    Proud of u HR

  • Brilliant stuff! I wasn’t very sure of how you might review considering how you reviewed #BajiraoMastani with #Dilwale but hats off team. You have done the impossible for me!!
    #KAABILRocks

  • #Kaabil is superb. hrithik incredible. wil show huge jump. stay tuned for my lbo . it will b accurate again. Friday morning i wil surely gv my lbo..need time to gauge wom + raees has to also b watched

  • lol. @indicine the locations of kaabil looks fake…& there is no realism in it…a blind man is taking revenge,lol…u can give fake reviews but public is hating this utter non sense called kaabil. ..it has opened worse than mohenjo daro…so paid reviews didn’t work

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