Sanjay Gupta and Rakesh Roshan have both made revenge dramas successfully in the past; yet, their film making styles are radically different. But, Kaabil, which is a collaboration between the two, combines best of both the worlds.
Kaabil is the story of Rohan Bhatnagar (played by Hrithik Roshan) a visually impaired voice over artist, who meets his perfect match in Supriya (Yami Gautam); and the two get married and settle into their perfect life. But, the local politician’s brother, Amit Shelar (Rohit Roy) rapes Yami; and not just that, he subjects her to such unspeakable torture that she commits suicide. The legal system is of little help, especially because of Ronit Roy’s political influence; and then starts Hrithik’s revenge; which comes with a unique flavour of KBC.
To start with, Hrithik and Yami’s portrayal of blind characters is pathbreaking. For once you don’t pity them, you feel a sense of pride in how empowered they are. There is no pretence of them being like any other person; the challenges are clearly shown out there, but the way they live up to it is absolutely beautiful. The only thing that is a bit of a put off in their love story is that there is too much sweetness; a lot like the strawberry hues that seem to make the backdrop of their love story; you like it in bits, but too much of it becomes difficult to digest.
However, the twists and the turns that ensue will shock and stun you into a nail biting silence. Rohit Roy plays his character with such beauty that you will hate him within seconds; but then that’s exactly you are supposed to feel about him. Ditto for Ronit Roy; he fits into the skin of the intimidating corporator perfectly, and his dialogue delivery and body language are on the money. The second half of the film moves at a good pace, and there are moments when the twists will make you get up and clap. However, there are certain loopholes in the plot of revenge, and those obvious cracks in the story are a bit of a downer. But, the film keeps you highly involved nevertheless.
Coming to Hrithik’s performance, it is hands down one of his best. Right from the first scene, you know this is no sob story. He is confident, his body language and eye movements are perfectly in sync; and he effortlessly switches gears from the hopelessly in love person, to the man out for revenge.
Yami plays her character well too. Her performance is earnest and you feel her pain; especially when her husband doesn’t reach out to her, when she needs it the most.
The music of the film is good; and the two renditions of the title track, ‘Main Tere Kaabil Hoon Ya, Tere Kaabil Nahin’, act like a double edged sword.
Overall, Kaabil is a film which will have you hooked from the first scene; and there is never a dull moment.
Movified Rating: 3.5/5