Kaabil Review: Hrithik’s Year Starts With a Bang

Kaabil

Kaabil
80

Story

80/10

    Screenplay

    80/10

      Pros

      • Hrithik Roshan's best performance still date
      • Great performances all around
      • Most satisfying revenge arc

      Cons

      Ask anybody and they will tell you that Bollywood has done to death two types of films – horror and revenge. Countless films have created, tweaked, rehashed, regurgitated films from these genres. To tell someone Bollywood has breathed new life in the revenge genre would be difficult. But Rakesh Roshan,Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Gupta do it with Kaabil. PopChutney reviews the Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil.

      Kaabil introduces us to Rohan Bhatnagar, a visually-impaired person. Rohan finds love in Supriya, but their love is short-lived. Their life takes an unwanted turn when Amit Shellar, the brother of a political bigwig sexually assaults Supriya. When Rohan and Supriya try to seek justice, that’s when the real problem begins.

      Kaabil is one of those rare films where everything comes together at the right time. The film makers decided not to give much footage to the actual crime and the aftermath. Instead, they have concentrated on the revenge aspect. Sanjay Gupta is a good director, and his work shines through the screen-play.

      After Appu Raja, this is the third film that has satisfied us with the manner in which the avenging takes place. The thought and dedication that has gone into making the film is evident in every frame.

      But the person who stands out is Hrithik Roshan. Roshan once again proves, give him a good script and he will create a marvel. We aren’t sure whether what he does on screen is method-acting or not. But we can tell you that this guy has put his mind and soul into portraying the character. Shabana Azmi said that this is Hrithik’s finest performance till date and we concur.

      Every nuance, every reflex and mannerism is perfect, and not just in the main sequences. There’s a sequence where Rohan storms out of the police-station. Watch his movements. He stumbles against two police desks. He then ensures he doesn’t stumble against another one and walks off – all in one sequence. In that one swoop, Hrithik shows how his character has a ‘bhaad mein jaane do’ moment and gets a grip on himself.

      Yami Gautam leaves an indelible mark in the short role that she has. She has definitely upped her performance ante.

      The two brothers Rohit and Ronit Roy have got good roles after a long time and they have both done a decent job. Ronit is menacing as the elder brother. Rohit makes your blood boil with his activities.

      Kaabil is one of those rare films that have a broad, underlying story to it. You see it in the interactions that Rohan have with all the characters in the film. None take him seriously. He doesn’t scare anyone – simply because he is visually-impaired. That is the underlying aspect – that we don’t bother about redemption when people around have any disability, when we know that the other person cannot – or will not react. Kaabil tells us that sometimes, they do. 

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