Kurbaan Movie Review

Real life couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor come together for Rensil D’Silva’s Kurbaan produced under the Dharma Productions banner. No publicity is bad publicity and hence the controversy surrounding the film right from the time Karan Johar revealed the first look on Twitter to the Shiv Sen protests just before release, has only helped raise the curiosity level. But come Friday, when the film witnesses a global release, it all comes down to the merits. Does Rensil D’Silva in his debut deliver? Read on to find out

The story revolves around Avantika (Kareena Kapoor) and Ehsaan (Saif Ali Khan), both professors at a university, fall in love, marry and move abroad to the United States of America.  All’s good, until Kareena discovers her husband works for a terror sleeper cell and along with others, is planning an attack similar to 9/11. Under house arrest, Avantika’s only hope is a journalist (Vivek Oberoi), who is also on a mission to take his revenge on the terrorists, who were responsible for the death of his girlfriend (Dia Mirza in a special appearance).

Kurbaan Review

What works for Kurbaan

  • The first half is fantastic, extremely gripping. Aided by a powerful screenplay in his very first film as director, Rensil D’Siva has managed to keep the intensity level going throughout. He also proves to be an expert story-teller, a director to watch out for.
  • Also there aren’t any unwanted scenes or excessive melodrama, due to which the pace remains very consistent.
  • The second half though, does get a bit heavy with the cold-blooded characters and the crafty yet involving plotline . Don’t expect a moment of relief, till the credits roll – a good 2 hours 40 mins later.
  • What makes Kurbaan a must watch are superlative performances (rated below) from the entire cast – right from the lead stars to those FBI characters played by foreigners.
  • Technically the film is brilliant too. High on production value, even the blast sequences and the aftermath have been shot with attention to every small detail.
  • Music, like in most Dharma productions, is top notch. Shukran Allah and Ali Maula deserve mention.
  • Dialogues (Anurag Kashyap and Niranjan Iyenga) are very effective, especially those written for Saif and Vivek.

Scenes to watch out for (Possible spoilers below)

  • When Kareena gets to know the ‘shocking’ truth.
  • Vivek’s test at the burger / sandwich shop, when he is asked to shoot the chef down.
  • Kareena cutting open the wound to remove the bullet off Saif’s chest.
  • The much discussed love making scene featuring Kareena and Saif. Loads of skin show (bare back) but tastefully shot.
  • Climax

Performances (in order)

  1. Vivek Oberoi – Given a meaty role, Vivek delivers a performance comparable to the likes of Company and Shootout at Lokanwala. Re-birth of a star, if you could call it so. Here’s hoping, he gets noticed and Kurbaan proves to be the much needed boost to his career. What also deserves a mention is his enunciation, which is spot on.
  2. Saif Ali Khan – Very consistent and a performance that stays with you, long after you leave theaters.
  3. Kareena Kapoor – In a depressing character is very effective.
  4. Om Puri, Kirron Kher and the rest of the cast are very good.
  5. Dia Mirza – In a very sweet character, looked stunningly beautiful. How we wish, she had a longer role.

Negatives, not many

  • Family audiences may not enjoy a few sequences. As the movie progresses, it does get too heavy. There is a decent amount of blood and gore too.
  • 4 -5 people organizing a terror attack of such magnitude. isn’t too very convincing. Especially the first plane bombing.
  • The climax, while shocking, may not be universally accepted.

Overall, Kurbaan is a fascinating watch and arguably the best Dharma Productions film this decade. Forget comparisons with New York, this ones much better. Go for it.

Rating: ★★★★½ For performances, direction and screenplay. Must watch.

Other Notes : We would love to repeat, something we have said time and again. Buying, renting CDs / DVDs or downloading it from the internet is illegal. Its quite simply like going to a shop and stealing something that you want to buy. A lot of money and more importantly effort, goes into the making of each film. If you decide to watch it, do so ONLY in theaters. Its a request :)

Already watched the film? Drop in your Kurbaan Reviews below in the comments section.



  • Indicine team- ha ha… wy?? u dont trust my ratings dat i must follow Nauman..;)???

    just kiddin.. ya let nauman give his rating first…;)

    Indicine one more request.. tat page with most popular stars of bollywood.. voting… do somethin with those ppl yaar.. so vulgar n cheaply dey speak yaar… i did post my request der but dunno if u even visit tat page.. so pls…

  • Yup done. Cleaned up the comments. Thanks.

    You can go ahead and post your ratings for those films, it was for a reason which we cannot reveal in public, but don’t think it matters. So your ratings please.

    Now Payal :)

    1) We don’t hate Akshay. Infact we love him ;)
    2) No, this has been explained above. We respect all reviews but that doesn’t mean we agree with the reviewer. Nauman’s review was good, he had quite a few valid points.
    3) We do respond to most of the comments. But since there are more than 1000 comments everyday, its hard to read all of them, leave alone responding to all comments directed at us. Yes, we miss quite a few comments and we are in the process of hiring a few to take care of the comments section with one person dedicated to replying here.

    So do post your comments here. If not us, there are quite of few others, regulars who respond. And of course there is Fathiya, your favorite ;)

    And yeah, OSO sucked big time and hence the rating. Our reviews are not to please anyone, it is purely what we feel about the movie.

  • Indicine Team– okie so somethin suspense;) u can inform me thro mail if its a big secret..;) ha ha
    okie ratings-

    Namastey London- 4/5
    Heyy Babyy-3.5/5
    Bhool Bhulaiyaa-3.5/5
    Singh Is Kinng-3/5
    Chandni Chowk to China-2/5
    8 X 10 Tasveer-2.5/5
    Kambakkht Ishq-3/5

    namastey london was just awesome movie after waqt and khakee:)

    bout welcome may be u didnt like it but i just loved it.. was laughin till d end.. i felt it was better than SIK :)

    tasveer and blue wer different from d usual movies so 2.5/5

  • it is just an average movie,only the plus point in this movie was the acting and the direction.
    and the one who won the show was vivek i think ,he really act very well, in the trailer and posters of the movie they are not showing him i dont know why.
    Saif and Kareena also act very well but not a award winning performance,rest of the cast was just ok.
    story was not up to the mark but the direction was very good,main problem in the movie is it is slow and not gripping.
    2/5 stars.

  • Quite Strange that Kurbaan has managed to rope in 4 Crore Rs. Only on its first day……. The movie is a very well made movie with some gr8 performances but i think by people’s reaction, it seems that this movie will find it very difficult to get even an average status at the box office….. I don’t know what has happened to Indian Janta???? What kinda movies they do like to watch these days…… While watching the movie I was sure that Kareena, Saif and Vivek will win the awards for this movie but now I am really shocked to see the response it has received at the box office window. This one is probably the best movie released in 2009 so far and it is doing average business in its first weekend….Very sad….

    As far as the subject of the movie is concerned, being a muslim I didn’t find anything against Islam in the movie infact Vivek was also a muslim in the movie and He proved what a true muslim should do in a situation where he was…….

    Nauman and Amish: Please stick to the topic of this page…… this page is for Kurbaan Review to remind you not for De Dhana Dhan which is expected to be another senseless, stupid comedy movie which i am sure will do very good business at the boxoffice as I am really getting used to see these movies getting hit status and good movies getting flop……. Like London Dreams getting flopped and APKGK becoming super hit…… London Dreams was far better than APKGK………

    Now I think all the directors should leave serious cinema and should stick to stupid comedy movies so as to find some success at the boxoffice…………How stupid??????

  • And Malik, Please let me know why do you say that the movie didn’t have the gripping story???? At what point in the movie did you really think of moving out of the cinema while watching the movie???? I didn’t find anyone leaving the theatre in between so how come the movie is not gripping?????Well Every one has his/her own opinion but I have really found some strange comments on this page against this movie……

  • i didnt see amish’s rating
    so my rating is
    2007 all movies 4 star
    namaste london 4
    heyy babyy 4
    bhulbhuliaya 4
    welcome 4
    tashan 1.5
    singh is kinng 3
    cc2c 2.5
    8 x 10 1.5
    Kambakht ishq 3
    Blue 3
    if u ask abt pre 2007 then
    bhaghumbhag 4
    pher hera pheri 3
    garam masala 4
    waqt 4
    be wafa 2.5
    khaki 3.5
    mujhse shadi karo gi 3.5
    aitraaz 4
    ajnabi 3.5
    avara pagal deewana 3
    deewanay howe pagal 2.5
    hera phir 4.5
    now its ur turn indicine please rating all these movies.

  • now i saw amish’s rating and in some movies same rating and some has diffrence not more then half star and half star doesnt mean any thing its ok accaptable.


  • Malik: is this the way you value anyone’s performance?!! Karina gave her best in this movie.. actually she was the best, better even than Saif and others, and she deserves the best actress award this year for this movie.
    God.. I just don’t know which way some of u ppl watch any movie and the way u value the performance of any actor!!

    Fahad: that’s the bitter fact brother.. silly & shallow movies “always” win at the box office and the reason is that the majority want to see “only” entertaining movies.. I’m sad also for Neil Mukesh’s movie Jail, I don’t know the rating yet but I think it didn’t sustain in India ( but it’s still in our Dana cinema) a serious movie, that’s why.. even if it was the best direction.. people don’t enjoy watching these movies.

    Tina: My Name is Khan is a different movie.. and because it’s starring Shahrukh & Kajol, so everyone are so eager to watch it.. don’t worry.. it will be a super hit movie, if not a blockbuster!

  • Okay, these are my ratings, which could be different from our actual review ratings. Since it could be from some other reviewer, back then.

    Namastey London ———– 3.5 (Watched twice, loved it both times)
    Heyy Babyy ——————- 2.5 (Liked it first time, but not on TV repeat watch)
    Bhool Bhulaiyaa ————- 3.5 (Loved it back then, watched only once)
    Welcome ———————- 3 (Only once, liked it)
    Tashan ———————— 0.5 (Horrible)
    Singh Is Kinng ————— 3 (Good. loved the songs)
    Chandni Chowk to China — 0 (Horrible)
    8 X 10 Tasveer ————– 2 (Not as bad as the reviews)
    Kambakkht Ishq ———— 1 (Very bad)
    Blue ————————— 2 (Below average)

    Nauman, it would be great if you post comments with paragraph breaks. I.e one blank line after each paragraph. Would be easier to read.

  • Anyways, lets get back on topic now. This is about Kurbaan, not Akshay Kumar.

    Bad news for Kurbaan at the box office. Business dropped on Saturday and hasn’t picked up much on Sunday.

  • all that matters is business and reputation. i have few friends in industry and they were telling me that bollywood ppl knw that take AKKI in the silliest of the movie and it will recover the money easily. that is the reason why he is occupied with so many projects despite his films being called flops and average by media from rooftop maybe to show that he is no where near the top 3 stars where the top position keeps on changing but that isnt the truth, he is still among the top 3 despite so publicity about the bad year he had.

    although even i think he shd concentrate a bit more on scripts now even if the movie is comedy . try to do situational comedies rather than slapstick but the fact remains that his presence in silliest of movies make them earn money, and he is the true superstar

    Even i have seen that AKKI’s criticism many a times have been unreasonable and uncalled for on this site.

    Anyways nice rating amish and nauman.

    tashan was horrible agreed but AKKI’s part was awesome and he walked away with applaud for his acting in that disastrous movie as well and kamabkkht ishq was surely entertaining .

  • It is this very attitude of ‘sign Akshay for a script-less movie’ and it will recover the money, which is ruining the otherwise promising 3 – 4 years for Akshay. It is sad and even depressing at times.

    His downfall in 2009 was probably because he got over confident, he signed Chandni Chowk without a script and we doubt Kambakht Ishq had much of a script either.

    Imagine combining strong star power and good scripts with good directors, for a second. The result could be a possible classic, which will be watched and talked about for years to come. movies that Akki fans will be proud of.. not mediocre stuff that will be watched for a weekend and forgotten in no time.

    With stronger films, those 35 – 40 crore openings could easily have been converted into huge 80 – 90 crores by the end of its run..

  • nauman.. U have prooved that u r a fool again……….
    MY God i cant believe one giving 3 star to kambaqt ishq and 4 star to waqt,bhgam bhag ,garam masala!!etc.!WHat age are u of?… i think u are a boy of 15 years old who lke to watch cartoon stuff!? Am i right?

  • Indicine team
    i now understand, ya its difficult to answer all comments. I apologize if i was rude

    u gave tashan a 0.5 and a 0 for cc2c. I guess cc2c wasn’t that bad. I agree at tashan’s rating. It was a very crappy and dud movie. But why a zero to cc2c. You gave it a 2 in ur reviews.
    So what went wrong in these 11 months that u changed your rating to 0?

  • Indicine team- its bad to rate a movie less than 2. i personally feel 2 stars s a must for any movie bcoz the actors, producers, directors.. do put a lot of effort into a movie..

    in some website i saw a rating for kambakth ishq as 0/5. and d reason dey gave was ‘om mangalam’ song was a hindu song which dey used in a bad way..

    common ppl rating 0 or 0.5 s so mean.. its below any reviewers standards..

    tashan was a masala movie which turned out to be bad but pls not 0.5.. even CC2C.. 0 s not expected…

    this s like ppl giving ratings in bollywood hungama. if they like d actor dey give 5(max) or 0.5(least). ;) ha ha

    sincere request dont give a rating like 0, 0.5 or 1. it s really below ur standards…;) he he

  • fathiya…first time i agree with ur comments.but indicine..smhow ur reviews not agreeable as they were.u gave 2.5 to apkgk nd 4.5 to kurbaan??????????
    kurbaan i thnk is nicely made..such issues get boring nd draagy if not made properly..bt kurbaan is a nice flick nd u dnt get bored atleast.bt in ny case it doesnt deserve 4.5.i wud give it 3…
    #too much bloodshed
    #too many smooching(went with family..ws damn uncomfortable!!!)
    #smwhere depressing
    kreenas nd saifs first half chemistry ws gud(xcept fr smoches)..bt i felt karrenas reason to marry saif ws only his states visa!!!!nd again vivek doin everythng on his own wsnt convincing enuff..
    The highpoint is the climax, which leaves you spellbound. it shakes you completely, i think its a gud effort from k jo..outa his candy floss kinda movies.
    vivek is a gud actor..bt his deeds destroyed his carrer..hopefully such roles will help him….
    i think its a one time watch..cant get depressed watching it again n again…
    and toooo much of saif nd karrena..cut the crap!!!

  • hello thr..
    cudnt quite resist to add a comment here..
    i thnk tis site is the only one whr the moderator gets into the discussion..
    good the moderator doesnt carry ego while being criticised…
    i prety much agree to one of the pnts the moderator makes..regarding Akki..
    good scripts+Akki can set the box office on fire..y dont the top directors/producers
    take note of tis..but at the same time i feel that his movies r liked bcoz
    of the attitude of the character played by him rather than the script..
    KI look many plp like tat character but do not want to be like it in reality..
    Tasveer its a Directors fault
    CCTC again directors fault
    so i thnk plp wil keep likin him bcoz the character played do not get repeated…

    And abt Kurbaan its jus media hype repeated plot shudnt b encouraged…MNIK wil get affected if its the same storyline…

  • Linjo:
    u r wrong i am not 15 i am 13 yrs old and love to watch cartoon stuff , so i also like u very much u r my fav cartoon.
    ( sorry for that just kididng man dont be serious)

  • agreed AKKI +Good Script wd be a deadly and record breaking combo . i hope he signs movie after taking into consideration the scripts . BLUE i feel is aconcept which wd have earned much more money for the industry had the script been tight . but they missed the train . action replay sounds different . lets see

  • indicine team :
    if kurbaan was too good then why it is going to flop ??? 14 cr weekend is nothing for this kind f heavy budget movie even blue got 19 cr i3 days weekend.
    this movie cant be above 25 cr
    i m damn sure.
    but it wont effact on saifi coz he has done one hit movie for this yr and kareena’s last two are avg KI , Golmaal returns,
    vivek’s another flop . he is good actor but his luck is not good . best of luck with” prince its show time ” his next release.
    karan’s every single movie is hit yet so its ok for his 1st flop. he will be back with “my name is khan”

  • @Indicine

    I am one of your biggest fans and really value your reviews. I have time and again said that you review the movie unbiasedly and most of your reviews are the best reviews I came across net. But in case of your Kurbaan review, I am just grossly disappointed. How can you give this movie 4.5 stars. Because 4.5 stars is just too much for this movie.

    You know I ran Nauman’s review and that guy has already pointed out all the pts I wanted to say. I never wanted to go for this movie but since you gave this movie 4.5 stars, I thought the movie must be worth a watch.

    Now coming to the review, the flaws in these movie are glaringly apparent. Now you may give a movie better review just because it may be entertaining but in case of movies such as Kurbaan, which claims to be of serious genre, you cant ignore the flaws. This movie is not Ghajini or Wanted. Had it been that I would have said that movie might be worth a watch.

    @Fathiya – You again and again prove me correct. You like all of Karan’s movies. Now for the pts which you stated.

    1) kissing scene in the staff room – well madam, India is not Bahrain. And had anyone caught them in that compromising position Kareena’s as well as Saif’s career would have been over and I dont think that Kareena was a dumb enough gurl to let that happen with her.

    2) Well the problem here was not that the facts abt Saif’s character was not revealed but the fact is Saif’s character is not at all developed. You get a feeling that Vivek is the main protagonist in the movie, though Saif’s character could have been built quite nicely and there should have been some depth in his character.

    3) Well here lets start with when Kareena ran into the house and locked the door. The first thing is not stand there and watch the goons break open the door but to go pick up the phone and call the police. And later when you had the chance instead of calling police she try calling a girl whom she barely knew. She should have tried saving her a** first rather than trying to Save Diya whom she barely knew.

    4) Well I can agree with your point here, because that is what happens in India, but what I cant agree with is when you cant call police when someone you knew is being badly beaten but then why the hell does she care so much that she goes sneaking into the house later, it just looked like director has to take the story forward so he just skipped all these flaws.

    5) Now here is the biggest joke of all. I will refer you a book ‘The Afghan’. Just refer this book and see how much preparation goes into infiltrating an Islamic group. It was the biggest joke in the movie. Vivek goes to a class, says some good things about Islam and he is into the group, had it been that easy there wont have been terrorism at all in the world.

    Now what was even more hilarious was, the movie would have been over in the first half itself. Had Vivek called up the FBI then and told them abt the message from Kareena. They would have surrounded the whole block arrested the suspects. With their expertise it wont have taken them much time. But I guess Vivek was much more trained then the commandos who fight those militants because of his far fletched Plan to infiltrate the group.

    And yes another big joke was FBI has Saif’s photo. And Saif has a Social security number and that too legal. And there are softwares (I myself can make one) which can match the photo with his face. And it wont have taken FBI much time to get his location.

    For all “Kurbaan” Lovers, just read the book ‘THE AFGHAN’ and see how the movie should have been made and notice the difference between the two.

  • ronnie:
    nice review mate i realy liked that . i am agree with u. if we forget about all flaws which u , me and other critics are mentioned then this is an avarage movie u can give it 3 star and may be 3.5 but how come 4.5 stars indicine doesnt know the meaning of 4.5 stars , 4.5 stars mean one of the best movie of this decade
    taran gave 4.5 stars only K3G, Veer zara and ghajini . and all these movies deserve 4.5 and all are all time blockbuster.
    critics mentioned all tittle tittle flaws in masala comedy movies but why they didnt mention at this time when u hv very serious and sensitive movie.
    but i think leave kurbaan and have 3 days rest and start again from thursday abour DDD.
    kurbaan ke sath jo hona tha ho gaya jitna kamana tha kama liya ab apas main larai jhhagda karne ka kia faida i respect fathiya she is my elder sister and i also respect indicine coz they give me latest news and good reviews and original figures .
    my life is nothing without indicine.com and bollywoodhungama.com and boxofficeindia.com

  • indicine team:
    hi, i think it is enough for kurbaan we dont need to talk about it result is infront of us.
    so i want 3 days break . and i ll come on thursday when i ll watch DDD.
    if is there any important news and new page then i wll put my comment or if some one call me then i will put my comments other wise see u on thurday evening hopfully i would watch DDD on thursday.
    fathiiya aapi:
    see u after 3 days
    see u on yahoo messenger
    see u on face book
    if some one wana add me on face book then
    nokia4821@hotmail.com or ( Ahmad Nauman )
    if on yahoo messenger then
    see u guys
    best of luck with DDD , Paa , Rocket Singh and 3 idiots.

  • well Kurbaan could only manage to do business of 15 Crores in its first weekend so it seems more likely that the movie will eventually turn out to be a flop. It’s a shame that the best movie of 2009 according to most of the critics is a flop…

    Now Let’s see what happens with MNIK as this one is also being made on the same subject. There is only one difference that it has SRK in it but he is also under pressure after Billu getting flopped. He hasn’t done much work in the last 2-3 years…. He is losing his King Khan position because of doing less amount of work.

  • I am feeling hungry. Do hell with kurbaan. O god this poverty. Cant afford its tickets. Wel i am applying 4 a loan to watch 3 idiots. Poverty hurts. Do you guys want a dole of bread which i am eating right now

  • Indicine Team:

    In Jail Review you said that Shahid(kaminey), Ranbir(apkgk), or Neil(Jail) woulb be the pick, and it would more likely go to Shahid or Ranbir.
    And here you said that Shahid was one of the best.

    So do you think that, up till now, Saif could be the winner this year?

  • Ronnie; great review, i also felt same thing/ this time indicine team gave wrong rating. 4,5 rating means u can see at-least two times.but kurban u cant see twice.

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