- Hrithik Roshan (Rohan Bhatnagar)
- Yami Gautam (Supriya Bhatnagar)
- Ronit Roy (Madhavrao Shellar)
- Rohit Roy (Amit Shellar)
- Narendra Jha (Chaubey)
- Suresh Menon (Zafar)
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Music: Rajesh Roshan
A palatable script, old school Bollywood music, strong negative characters, a dynamic Hrithik Roshan at the helm of things and a number crunching hit is what you get to see when the father-son duo of Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan team up.The duo have been known for hits like Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish and after what we saw in Mohenjodaro, Hritik needed some “Kaabil” guidance from his father. Kaabil is a well calculated and measured experiment which appeals to your emotions and senses without any significant flaws.
A catchy trailer with a sparkling chemistry between the lead pair and a long weekend release date had the crowd smacking their lips to see Hrithik’s make over after a treacherous ancient Indian character. Kaabil picks up slowly just like any long rail journey and takes its own time to reach its top speed. The first thirty minutes are full of cheesy romantic dialogues, a chubby and adorable love story of two blind people which lacks basic sense and some savage double meaning dialogues that save the day. The first half is rather eventful as all characters table their agenda to set the ball rolling for a sky rocketing second half.
As you move along this route, you get the feel that Kaabil is nothing fresh. It cashes upon the nostalgia left behind from the Varun Dhawn film, Badlapur or the Gerrard Butler starrer, Law Abiding Citizen. Acting performances are laudable as Hrithik’s inputs are well supported by the Roy brothers and his leading lady, Yami Gautam. Roles of Narendra Jha, Suresh Menon and Girish Kulkarni are the much useful catalysts to this revenge story. In its 140 minutes running time Kaabil features some great shots from behind the lens, a ravishing item song and well set up action scenes.
Despite the much talked about competition with its contemporary, Raees, Kaabil is set in a different tone and is quite the occasional family cinema enjoyment you may need. Music from Rajesh Roshan is nothing special as the title track and a makeover of the old classic “Saara Zamana..Haseeno Ka Deewana” are the only playlist worthy songs of the music album.
Apart from all its features and flaws, Kaabil does give you a twist in the tail with the film meeting the common man’s expectations of a “paisa vasool” film as we finally see the Hrithik we have always adored. From the Cinema Station’s view, kaabil and Raees are expected to have a wonderful outing at the box office as both films explore different genre’s and mange to put up a fair show on the silver screen.
The Cinema Station’s Rating: Average 3rd AC journey