Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy, Narendra Jha, Shahidur Rahman, Akhilendra Mishra, Suresh Menon, Sunny Leone
Vijay Kumar Mishra
Thriller, Romance, Action
Kaabil is not perfect, but it does strike a perfect balance between some sweet romance and a cold revenge. The film sits on a predictable premise. The screenplay is flawed yet backed by solid performances. And it manages to keep the audience engaged from start to end.
The movie opens with Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik Roshan), a visually impaired dubbing artist, who is leading a normal life like any other individual. A few minutes into the film, and it is established that Rohan may be blind but his olfactory and auditory abilities are pretty strong, and he uses them efficiently. A good move, as later when a blind Rohan seeks revenge it doesn’t come across as — ‘How the hell is it possible?’
Rohan meets Supriya (Yami Gautam), a visually impaired yet independent girl, is on a blind matchmaking date and as Rohan sweetly puts it, it is “love at first sight” for him. He manages to woo Su, and the duo soon ties the knot thus beginning a new life together. For its first hour, Kaabil offers plenty of light and aww-inducing moments, and the romance between Su and Rohan is absolutely beautiful to watch.
However, their happiness is obviously short-lived, as tragedy strikes and their wonderful world falls apart. The police, as it happens in the case of most revenge dramas, is of not helpful and finally, our hero decides to take matters into his own hands. The second half is full of tension and offers a gripping portrait of a bereaved husband, who considers vengeance as his only recourse and astutely makes his move. His wicked plan and its execution thereafter is admirable and keeps you on the edge of your seats. The writers have indeed put in an extra effort in writing these scenes and they have been shot extremely well too.
Kaabil undoubtedly scores high because of its remarkable performances. Hrithik delivers a memorable performance, helping us re-establish our faith in him post last year’s debacle Mohenjo Daro. As a blind but loving husband, he warms our heart and then in the second half, he astounds us as a man smartly plotting his revenge. Never once does he forget that he is playing a visually impaired character – not while dancing nor while doing action.
Yami Gautam not only looks lovely but also plays her part well. The Roy brothers — Rohit and Ronit -- as the leading antagonists are brilliant. Especially Ronit, who is simply fantastic as Madhavrao Shellar. Girish Kulkarni, Narendra Jha, Suresh Menon lend solid support to the film with their fabulous acts.
Director Sanjay Gupta has masterfully used his technical expertises along with the brilliant performances to deliver a film, which is high on emotions and hits the right notes despite being a tad unrealistic.
Kaabil is a good entertainer. Go watch it.