His newest offering is a fast-paced action movie that will fulfil your quota of thrill and fuel for daring imaginations for a week’s time
By Karan Kaushik
One should not forget the fact that Hrithik Roshan has four Filmfare Best Actor Awards to his credit before casting doubts on his acting talent. The actor is back, this time with a mature performance. That Kaabil’s plot—involving an angry young man wreaking revenge is a Bollywood cliché—was a given, but the movie itself is fresh, crisp and fast. It wastes no time in establishing the storyline and the first half moves quickly, sans melodrama and unwanted sequences.
Roshan’s character Rohan Bhatnagar is a blind guy who is talented, charming and does not invite any pity for his sightlessness. Rohan is introduced to Supriya or Su, played by Yami Gautam, by Rohan’s aunt. The two fall in love and dance within the first five minutes of the movie. Wedding bells follow suit.
Gautam and Roshan sport just the right chemistry, though the songs are below par. Matters turn ugly and their lives become darker after Su is raped by Amit (Rohit Roy) and Waasim. Amit’s elder brother is a big time corporator and politico with the power to make the police and the system dance to his tunes.
Rohan is left heartbroken and shattered by his wife’s rape. The screenplay moves fast and soon Rohan is struck with another heart-wrenching tragedy when Su hangs herself. The charming blind man turns into the angry young man. He stands up to the culprits and takes his revenge. Rohan weaves a master plan and takes it to conclusion with so much sincerity that one has no choice left but to believe that yes, a blind man can actually plan and execute this without leaving any proof behind.
The fight sequences by action director Shyam Kaushal have been brilliantly executed. The background scores of the film, too, achieve the needful but the individual musical numbers could have been better. The title song is the best and the only chartbuster number in the album. It’s high time that producer Rakesh Roshan starts hiring new music composers and gets over his brother and music director Rajesh Roshan. The lead pair’s dancing to the song, Mon amour, is a visual treat, but the Sara zamana haseeno ka deewana remix was unnecessary.
The cinematography of the movie is done by Sudeep Chatterjee and Ayanaka Bose and is absolutely first grade. However, at some points, it looks like they have recreated Mumbai with the help of visual effects.
Coming to the performances, Hrithik is at his best once again. He is fantastic as a voiceover artiste for cartoons and looks believable in the fight sequences. While his charming “accha baccha” in the first half is adorable, the avenging angel in the second he plays with subtlety and ease. Yami has got the right expressions for a blind girl. But she cannot match the skills of her co-star. Rohit’s performance as the rapist goon lacks depth but his elder brother, Ronit, as the corrupt corporator, nails the perfect Marathi accent. Narendra Jha and Girish Kulkarni as the corrupt cops do justice to their parts.
Hrithik’s, in all probability, is an award winning performance. A great watch for those who love Bollywood revenge thrillers and for those who have been waiting for a good Hrithik Roshan offering.