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A rape revenge Saga in 2017 with negative characters using words like ‘Andha’ and ‘Andhi’ for a blind couple, now this is too much. The concept of showing romance between two blind people and then the revenge by the blind man sounds good but again these kinds of scripts work only when the screenplay is magical and sadly in this snail-paced thriller the screenplay goes melodramatic way and most of the times appear cliched and outdated. The blind couple meets on a blind date in the film, seriously and the overall plot of rape revenge made me remember Mithun Chakraborty trash films of the 80s. Sanjay Gupta finally this time controlled himself from making a Korean film remake with style but instead, he ended up making a regressive revenge tale. When you have Rakesh Roshan as the producer then melodramatic avenge cinema is expected, remember the famous ones Karan Arjun and Khoon Bhari Maang but you cannot get success with same formula all the time especially not now as the Indian audiences are now exposed to quality western revenge thrillers. In Kaabil you can guess every next scene easily and it turns out the same, even dialogues are so stale and overused in the past already. So I have already cleared the fact that story and screenplay of Sanjay Masoom and Vijay Kumar Mishra are very ordinary, the direction of Sanjay Gupta also is very cardboard-ish though his vision for action scenes are good. Music of Rajesh Roshan is very forgettable and editing of Akiv Ali is painful I would say.
Now its high time I should write about the positives of the film, cinematography of Sudeep Chatterjee and Ayananka Bose is beautiful, particularly in the action scenes. The dose of emotions in the first half does make me shed a few tears but then it failed to maintain the connect throughout in the second half. Talking about the performances, Hrithik Roshan is the sole reason why one should watch Kaabil as he intentionally cracks a right balance in his portrayal of a blind man which is not at all in the art house zone neither it is loud and over the top. Roshan junior does extremely well as an actor but is failed by the screenplay and direction. Yami Gautam in a small role looks gorgeous but she needs to prove herself as an actor and also deserve better roles now to play long innings in Bollywood. Both Ronit and Rohit Roy are good but are presented too straight as bad guys with no character definitions. Overall Kaabil is not a worthy movie to be a long race horse both in the terms of entertainment and numbers. Hrithik seriously needs better scripts to justify his talent and save his already sagging career, I’ll go with 2 stars out of 5.