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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  • 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.
    Enough said , Go nd book ur date with Kaabil

  • HAHAHAHAHA..

    @INDICINE…. NOTHING AGAINST HR..
    BUT THERS IS NOTHING ABOUT STORY LINE HERE.. I MEAN REVENGE ANGLE LIKE GHAJINI… THERE AAMIR IS MAD AND HERE HR IS BLIND… ITS UNIQUE I THINK… AND RAEES IS OLD STORY..
    NICE..

    FOR THOSE WHO SAY INDICINE FAVOURS SRK.. AAGEY SE NA KEHNA..

  • They said same for MD too but after lifetime collection is 58 cr lol . they can avert the clash but because of Hrithik arrogant takla father he ruined his sons carrer

  • I agree that Haseeno Ka Deewana seemed forced to please the masses, but it was a decision any filmmaker would have to take when his film isn’t too appealing for the masses. By the way, loved Urvashi’s dance & choreography, she looked stunning as well.

  • Yesssssssssssss…take it haters👊….now they will bark Indicine is paid overnight too😃😂 HR take a bow man!!!!!and Music is good too…Sanjay Sir waaah👏👏 so HR has delivered His career Best Acting in His lowest phase…tears of happiness…….plzz Unbiased Peoples Watch Kaabil…You wl nt feel disgusted at all!!

  • Its unbelievable performance by hrithik and whole starcast… a great movie experience to watch… lots of twist n screenplay superb..

  • indicine:
    Raees ratings;
    DC:2/5
    Bollywood life: 2.5/5
    Movie Talkies: 2.5/5
    Indian Express: 2.5/5
    Mumbai Mirror: 2.5/5
    Rediff: 2.5/5

  • @YYmithaiwala:
    Predictable ?? Lol!
    There numerous classics which go in predictable way , eg Dangal which is arguably the best film of decade ! Race 2 was a highly unpredictable movie, but does that mean its brilliant?
    Point is if a movie clicks in all places or not like performance, direction,screenplay,BGM,editing etc !
    You should be thankful to @indicine that they have rated 3.5/5 for Raees! Otherwise, 2.5 and 2 are the most common critics ratings for the movie! 😁😁

  • means bettter than srk raees
    because of few srk fans today raees is leading but from monday onwards kaabil will lead
    raees is only for srk fns students and youth
    but kaabil apply for all types of movie lovers and family audience
    kaabil is emotional entertaining film

  • Wow !!! 4.5 Stars . Only few films have got 4.5 stars from Indicine and now this makes me really happy and excited . Kaabil is getting positive reviews from every corner and I hope people will love the film . Hrithik has given outstanding performances in KMG and Guzaarish and now I think it will be a pleasure to watch Hrithik as Rohan Bhatnagar . Apart from Hrithik’s acting I am really happy to see other aspects of the film being thoroughly appreciated such as Direction, editing, background score, writing and dialogues . I have not seen Kaabil yet and now I am even more excited to see as soon as possible . Feeling great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    @ Indicine Please post a list of movies for which you have given 4.5 stars . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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