Bollywood’s logic towards life has always been that all the awful things in world happen to God-fearing, law-abiding, tax-paying and spouse-loving people. This is somewhat true! (#TragedyOfLife). Most of the meek and gentle people face gruesome tragedies. Many of them fall from a dream-like journey into a rude face bump in life. Kaabil, directed by Sanjay Gupta, explains the same logic through a very simple story.
Rohan Bhatnagar (played by Hrithik Roshan) is a blind man who has an evolved sense of smell and direction. He works as a voice-over artist. Then there’s Supriya (played by Yami Gautam), who is also a visually impaired girl. Rohan falls in love with Supriya on their first encounter itself. They marry each other but unfortunately there’s no happily ever after for them. As the story would have it, a local corporator Madhavrao Shellar’s (Ronit Roy) brother Amit (Rohit Roy) decides to take advantage of Supriya’s lack of sight. When Rohan approaches police, they play the blind man’s buff with him and Rohan decides to take law into his own hands.
Sanjay Gupta loves to strike the audience with an emotional blow, but instead of feeling emphatic, it leaves you exposed to the feeling of utter discomfort. Subtlety was never his forte, for there exist distasteful times in the movie like a crude discussion on how two visually impaired people make love.
At no point in the movie is there a variation in Yami Gautam’s character. She is as bland as steamed rice, throughout the movie. But yes, her portrayal of the agony of the character getting raped is that good that one gets distressed and pities her.
The sibling duo, Rohit and Ronit Roy have done a tremendous job with their characters. Ronit Roy, having done movies like Udaan, 2 States, Boss and Ugly, clearly understands his character perfectly and easily gets into its skin.
Kaabil also makes you see Hrithik Roshan in full range of emotions; from being funny to being considerate. It is one of those movies where Hrithik actually seems more like an actor than just a pretty face trying to woo a theatre full of women.
The film benefits a lot from the energy of supporting characters and the screenplay. Rohan’s helplessness in front of the cops is truly touching. The scene before the interval, where he challenges a police officer is one of the best scenes of the movie. The sequence where Rohan uses his inventive talents instead of his muscles to create chaos is fun. However, that also seem to lose steam after a while.
A Hrithik fan or not, you should watch this movie for its performances.
Our Verdict: 3/5
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