Manges Eravanan | January 28, 2017
It is not every day you walk out of the theatre feeling like you had just gone on a massive rollercoaster and the adrenaline from the ride still resonates in the rapid beating of your heart. This everyone, sums up the experience of watching Kaabil. We share this in our Kaabil moview review – an eclectic treat for the eyes with a story propelling enough to make you turn a blind eye to its few flaws.
In all honesty, I go into the film with little expectation given Hrithik’s films in the recent past. Some screen eye-candy is all I am expecting but that changes quickly as the film begins. We see Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik) assembling his life, cooking his meal while having a lively conversation with a friendly neighbour who has successfully set him up on a blind (excuse the pun!) date. Instantly transported into this blind man’s world we get a glimpse of Hrithik’s flawless acting as we are introduced to the different aspects of Rohan’s life; his friends, his neighbours, his profession, how he gets by and of course his soon to be nemesis Amit Shellar (Rohit Roy). Little do we realise that all these tiny elements will soon play a big role in what is to come in the latter half of the film.
The first half of the film takes us through Rohan’s courtship of Supriya (Yami Gautham) affectionately known as Su. From elaborate Spanish ballroom dancing, to tours of an unfinished home that would soon be theirs, the film plays all the cards of a Rakesh Roshan romance fairytale. Rohan and Su get married and move into his current neighbourhood and this is where the trouble begins. The film slowly evolves from its fairytale-esque facade and takes on a darker and more sinister undertone. At this juncture, it is noteworthy that the art direction executes this shift excellently as we see the light and bright colours on the screen slowly turn into deep and dark tones. We are forced to face the reality that being blind leaves one extremely vulnerable to attack. The roses become thorns as we feel helpless as an audience watching the brutal abuse Su is subjected to as Rohan stays in the dark, powerless against the perpetrators. This powerlessness soon changes when Rohan permanently loses everything that was dear to him. Revenge begins and we are taken into the second and most exciting half of the film. Rohan’s brilliance and honest vulnerability shine in this half as we anticipate what is going to happen next.
Hrithik’s near flawless performance engages the audience so effectively that it becomes hard to believe that he is actually just acting blind. There is so much attention to detail from his body language to the control of the iris movement that we can’t help but be convinced. He also shifts smoothly from the passionate lover to the wronged husband hell bent on revenge destroying all those responsible for the tragedies that preceded. The only flaw that couldn’t be helped was the difficulty in convincingly portraying Hrithik as a common man with his Greek God good looks. Yami Gautam however floundered a little in her execution of the role initially as she struggled to keep up with Hrithik but as the story evolved, we are so deeply involved in the sequence of events that it does not matter much. The supporting cast fulfilled their roles to satisfaction but it was Ronit Roy’s portrayal of Madhavrao Shellar that really stood out. The stoic, manipulative and nonchalant delivery of his dialogues and understated expressions of emotions worked very well to evoke strong emotions in the audience.
The film’s cinematography was another plus point. The rapidity of the shots during the fight sequences, the well timed close-ups during emotional scenes and the cloud like quality in the visuals of the romantic scenes worked so effectively in putting the audience through a rollercoaster experience of emotions. The art direction was also impeccable with beauty pervading every scene giving the film an almost surreal quality.
In spite of this though, there were a few flaws in direction, holes in the plot and scenes that did not make sense. The most blaring of which was the placement or rather misplacement of an item song at the start of the second half of the film. One can only wonder what the director was thinking as the move totally disrupts the rhythm and flow of the film.
That said though, it is really Hrithik’s amazing performance and a storyline that is interesting enough to keep us guessing that makes KAABIL a worthy cause. Definitely a film worth watching.
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