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).
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.
Performances (in order)
- 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.
- Saif Ali Khan – Very consistent and a performance that stays with you, long after you leave theaters.
- Kareena Kapoor – In a depressing character is very effective.
- Om Puri, Kirron Kher and the rest of the cast are very good.
- 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: 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 :)
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