The Cinema Station’s Rating: Second AC journey (3.5/5)
Starring: Siddharth Malhotra, Sonkashi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna
Director: Abhay Chopra
The crime thriller genre has been something that Bollywood has practiced and perfected itself in over the last few years. With exceptional films like Gupt, Manorama, Ittefaq(1969), Kaun, Talvar and much more, our film fraternity has proven that they can really take audiences by surprise when it comes to cocktailing suspense and crime on the celluloid. Looking to derive its essence from its 1969 namesake, Ittefaq, is, without a doubt, a valuable addition to the list of those fine Bollywood thrillers.
It all sparks off in a rainy Mumbai night as we see Siddharth Malhotra escaping from the clutches of the local police and coincidentally entering into Sonakshi Sinha’s house to find a place to hide. The film does not take much time to introduce its characters as within the first few minutes we get a fine nudge of the main faces of this journey. What unfolds is a series of versions of a night which around which the journey revolves. While Akshaye Khanna dons his tough cop role, the actor continues to be at the helm of things throughout the film. Sonakshi and Siddharth up their game as they keep their acting skills in balance through a rough and thorough police investigation.
Both halves of the film are equally well made with the second one just feeling a little dragged on. Director, Abhay Chopra, ensures perfection is maintained throughout every frame. He brilliantly infuses the changing weather of Mumbai and the times of the day to depict the metamorphosis and evolution of his chilling script. As the train ruffles through the plot twists, the film plays with your imagination as you feel you are always rooting for the wrong guy. Dialogues and screenplay do add the momentary humor to the screen which helps relish the journey. No songs and a thankfully short running time help Ittefaq edge closer and closer to our list of suave Bollywood thrillers while the twist in the tale is more than sufficient to propel the film into the selects list.
With Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in 1969 and Siddharth and Sonakshi in 2017, the Ittefaq brand maintains its standards as the phenomenally crafted journey comes to a halt. Perfectly measured presence of actors and believable plot points make Ittefaq one of the films you should definitely watch this weekend.