Films From India – Our Movie Review of Kaabil
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, and Rohit Roy
It seems 2017 has perhaps delivered its first blockbuster with Kaabil, an out-and-out winner, which rides high on the expanse and flair of Hrithik Roshan, its main lead.
At its heart, Kaabil is a revenge drama, plain and simple.
The film follows the daring exploits of a blind young man, Rohan Bhatnagar (played by Hrithik), who has to fend for himself when the justice system fails to protect him.
Kaabil isn’t a true story; rather, it’s a fictional telling of a lonely man’s fight to avenge the brutal rape and suicide of his also visually challenged wife. It’s an awful storyline, but somehow manages to make for a provocative film with tear-jerking moments and riveting action scenes.
This spot-on 2-hour and 20-minute ride begins with Rohan and Supriya (played with simplistic grace by Yami Gautam), marrying one another, thus emoting, “two negatives can make a life positive,” the movie’s famous one-liner that’s currently the talk of India’s Tinsel Town.
A cute chemistry quickly develops between husband and wife, and then Kaabil unfurls into an emotional ride, shifting gears from mushy love story to a noir-like revenge flick, which flows with hard-hitting action and dialogue.
Along the way, you won’t be able to miss the villainous performances of Rohit and Ronit Roy, real-life brothers who play reel-life siblings in the film. They shine as bad guys — and they’re perfect foils to our hero, Hrithik Roshan, one of India’s finest actors.
Hrithik’s really the reason to see this finely directed, fast-paced flick. You’ll tip your hat to his tenacious turn as a challenged, resilient character who comes loaded with moving dialogue, emotionally-charged expressions, and cunning guile.
You almost feel Hrithik’s pain and wrath as he puts his wife to rest, receives blows from the bad guys and takes after them – with a nice surprise in store.
Kaabil — Hindi for “capable” — lives up to the meaning both as a film and as its touching tribute to the visually challenged. Thankfully, it pays a fitting testimony to a man’s resolve and character against overwhelming odds instead of just joining the chorus and shedding a tear for the helplessness of the blind, like we’ve seen in some previous films.
Rating: (one to five whistles, five being the best): 4.5 Whistles
Contributor Dev Tyagi can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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