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Kaabil Review

Kaabil Review

Director: Sanjay Gupta

Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Rohit Roy, Ronit Roy

 Kaabil Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars out of five)

Ok I’ve had a very hectic mid-week watching Raees and Kaabil. Raees is done and dusted and here is the Kaabil movie review. Three minutes into the film all I’m thinking why is this film looking like the Korean film Broken or the Netflix series Daredevil, southern star Vikram's 'Thaandavam and closer home Salman Khan’s Buland, is my mind playing games with me, focus Denzil focus, the air clears in a bit and I realize Kaabil is not a copy of any of the above, but yes, it does borrow from these films in bits and parts. Many a film has been made with the same theme and we have known the story of Kaabil  from the time when director Sanjay Gupta launched the first  trailer. All this  we have hoped that he would repair ‘Broken’ with a star named Hrithik, so has he, Denzil does  attempt  to give you an  answer, will it suffice right now to tell you  for now that Hrithik is brilliant as always, he is a good actor, who lifts the weight of the film on his able shoulders, wish he would do more films.


Hrithik Roshan as Rohan Bhatnagar and Yami Gautam as Supriya ( called Su) character in the film who are both visually challenged fall in love and three scenes later have got married as well. A day later their happy world is been shaken up when neighborhood baddie Rohit Roy, Amit Shellar in Kaabil and  his friend Sahidur Rahaman who plays Wasim eve teases the pretty physically impaired girl Supriya. You know what happens next, the ‘cause’ a very insensitively shot rape that shatters the happy rainbow filled world for Hrithik and Yami. Sanjay Gupta is surely in a hurry here to get to the meat of the story, the revenge.

The cops Narendra Jha and Girish Kulkarni hamper the visually impaired couple in their quest for justice.  And finally Hrithik takes it upon himself to avenge his wife’s suicide.  It is here that he comes up against Rohit Roy’s Corporator brother Ronit Roy Madhavrao Shellar in the film. This is that part that Sanjay Gupta normally does best so did he, ‘thaama’ will tell you in a bit.


With Kaabil - Hrithik Roshan is back from the Mohenjo Daro wilderness and especially in the first half makes his character completely believable. Roshan has taken time out to prepare for this part and made it look believable. The way he emotes through the film is brilliant and his expressions really help in building up the atmosphere through the film. Hrithik’s face actually expresses, his impairment and how his other senses kick in. Then there is the range of elation, anxiety and later anger through different scenes in the film where he makes you want to watch on.  

Yami Gautam is pretty as Supriya, and effectively carries forward her part. The actor who shines through is Ronit Roy. He plays heavyweight politician Madhavrao Shellar. His dialogues especially the time he breaks into Marathi even though we don’t understand the language (with no subtitles), are powerful and crisp.


Kaabil is a tough film to make and if Sanjay Leela Bhansali were to make it he would have spent years just researching how his visually challenged actors would have acted out their parts. Sanjay Gupta has done nothing of the sort besides getting the basic body language right. To add insult to injury the film maker through other characters constantly  refer to Roshan and Gautam  as ‘andha ‘ and ‘andhi ‘. It worsens as Kaabil is full of one liners that we think are out of place, “Andhera kabhi andhere ko roshan nahi kar sakta hai”. Or again Hrithik while wooing Yami in the film says “Pyaar mein andha hota hai, yeh toh suna tha, lekin andhe ko pyaar hota hai, yeh pehli baar dekh raha hoon”, we would like to ask Mr. Gupta which impaired person puns his disability. I would have even forgiven that if Gupta had built up a good well thought of plot but no such luck.  Hrithik’s plan to take down the opponents gets repetitive   clearly not well thought through. For instance if Hrithik was shown prepping for his revenge saga, how he plotted and put his plan it into action would have made for a compelling watch. Instead he steps into a mall picks up some ropes and metal balls along with a few other pieces of equipment walks out and begins his demolition almost like there was no real challenge here at all. This story is not well nuanced.

At a very basic level think about it Hrithik Roshan a Rohan is a Hindi dubbing artiste for cartoons and he meets Yami Gautam’s character Supriya, who also blind plays the piano for a living. Just a brief couple of scenes into their background story and emotional journey into how they got here would have been a brilliant touch. Then again how they use their other senses to get through life has been dealt upon in fleeting, no real window into another world as Mr Bhansali did in Black.

I also feel that the subject of outrage could have been treated better, it tends to be too graphic and crass in the way it is handled in the film. It’s almost like how we used to treat the subject in the 1970’s and 80’s really did we need the graphic content considering  how it gives cause for repeat in real life, More so considering the fact that its perpetrated against the most vulnerable in society .

The music is not so great and Saara Zamaana with Urvashi Rautela a letdown, Urvashi watch Sunny Leone in Raees and you will get the belly dancing seduction right. Writhing on the floor as an item number doesn’t count for much anymore. One last thing Mr. Gupta we miss the green tint in your film.

To sum it up

Go watch it only if you are a Hrithik Roshan and Ronit Roy fan they are both brilliant. Otherwise Kaabil is a revenge stuck in the 80’s and 90’s  when the craft of storytelling  in films  was not as well advanced and nuanced as it is today and we were not exposed to much cinema and TV from the west. Today in Bollywood detailing and good story telling wins every time over glitz.  

Our Kaabil Movie review rating is 2/5 for a brilliant Hrithik wasted on a barren landscape.

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  • Kaabil Review

    Kaabil Review

    Director: Sanjay Gupta

    Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Rohit Roy, Ronit Roy

     Kaabil Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars out of five)

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Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Rohit Roy, Ronit Roy
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