Director: Sanjay Gupta
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy
Writers: Sanjay Masoom, Vijay Kumar Mishra
It’s a sad thing that despite Hrithik Roshan’s brilliant performance as a blind man seeking revenge, Kaabil makes a mess by its highly predictable plot and non-believable vengeance acts.
Kaabil is a pretty straightforward story which was fully covered even in its trailer. The only thing that was going to make this revenge saga effective and that too, a blind man’s revenge saga, is how smartly he plans and executes it by his mind smartness. The plot and direction try to show it decently but it just doesn’t feel real.
Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik Roshan) is a dubbing artist and exceptionally observant guy. He is blind but full of life. He meets Surpiya aka Su (Yami Gautam) and soon, they fall in love. What awaits is the horrifying tragedy with ‘Su’ which changes their lives forever. Rohan is now determined to take revenge on people responsible for it.
A normal person hunting criminals and killing them is still a believable aspect but a blind man doing the same requires fine detailing from film-makers. Rohan creating chaos in Amit (Rohit Roy), Madhavrao (Ronit Roy) and Wasim’s lives and hunting them one by one is not written properly and even the execution from Sanjay Gupta is very loose. Hrithik finding his way to the godown without anyone’s help, outsmarting the whole police investigation with leaving zero proof is too much to believe. In the film ‘Aankhen’, blind men robbing banks felt real because there was an incredible detailing shown by the director and that’s what was lacking in Kaabil.
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The kind of story and scope Kaabil has, it should have a run time of around 1 hour 40 minutes. Sanjay Gupta prolongs it with ‘Haseeono ka deewana’ and ‘Kuch din’ songs which could have been easily avoided. The screenplay of the film doesn’t impress and some scenes are stretched, especially some romantic scenes. Sanjay Gupta made the love story sweet and innocent due to which the revenge at least was a thing we look to forward to. The action scenes are sharp and give you theatrical satisfaction.
Hrithik Roshan genuinely lifts the film with his impeccable performance. Like I said, it’s a sad thing that film’s other departments don’t support his high level of acting. Initial moments of Hrithik romanticizing with Yami are joyful. One scene where he shows his anger to Rohit Roy by saying, ‘Kamjor mat samajh’ is epic. As a blind man, Hrithik’s way of improvising with the surroundings and using it to his advantage is greatly illustrated. I would say, he is the only thing that makes the film watchable.
Ronit Roy is absolutely in control with his role of a politician. Every frame he is in, he looks calm but cunning. Ronit Roy also delivers a striking performance as a spoiled brother. Yami Gautam is sometimes good but her act as a blind girl is not perfect. Sometimes, her eyes give away her non-blindness. These are the kinds of roles Girish Kulkarni delivers with ease. Just like in film ‘Ugly’, his cop role is powerful.
Kaabil doesn’t feel real or convincing as Sanjay Gupta’s exhibition of the revenge quest is substandard. A more detailed focus on a bind man’s smart tactics was required. Hrithik Roshan has given a phenomenal performance. The film fails because of multiple loopholes.