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Tedious Drama

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Kaabil
Rating: Sanjay Gupta
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy and others.
Rating: * *

It would be safe to assume that nobody will see 'Kaabil' for the plot - the promo gives away enough. So then the old-fashioned script should be engaging enough to keep audiences hooked. Unfortunately, Sanjay Gupta (picking the idea from Blind Fury and scenes probably from some Korean films) makes a leaden, sleep-inducing film.

What is so baffling is that the idea of a man taking revenge for the rape and suicide of his wife - that was done to death in the eighties and nineties - even made it to the screen in 2016. Hrithik Roshan must have been tempted to play a blind man, but that's about all the novelty there is in the film.

A meeting between the visually challenged voice artist Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) and pianist Supriya (Yami Gautam) is arranged by an absent
Mrs Mukherjee and the two fall in love in a matter of minutes, even though they are sure they don't want to marry because "two negatives cannot make a positive" (who writes lines like this!) It has already been established that Rohan does not treat his lack of sight as a handicap and has a particularly well-developed sense of smell and hearing.  

After the remarkably economical opening scenes, Gupta wastes a lot of time over a boring romance and foreshadowing in thick layers. Then the two get married and in a matter of days, she is raped by Amit (Rohit Roy), the brother of the local leader Madhavrao Shellar (Ronit Roy), and his friend (for some reason it is specified that Wasim is a Muslim butcher's son).

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