Kambakt ! Still got to wait.
Bollywood means full of masala entertainment, one should be glued to the seat focusing on the silver screen in front of you. But making such films is not an easy task, especially when you are trying to make an out and out entertainer. There is a fine thin line between good Masala entertainment and potboilers, the maker have to be very careful and have to hold the pulse of the masses so tight that they can just enjoy the film. Akshay Kumar has been the new face of Masala Entertainers with total entertainment and also knows the pulse of the crowd. His last few films did miss the bus, but let’s find out about this Bollywood film packaged in Hollywood.
“Kambakt Ishq” is story of a Stuntman Viraj [Akshay Kumar] working in Hollywood. He is a carefree playboy and lives life in his own way. In the marriage of his best friend Lucky [Aftab Shivdasani] he meets Bebo [Karina Kapoor] who hates man like Viraj. One thing leads to another and starts the hatred between both of them. One day in a stunt Viraj gets injured and is admitted to hospital where Bebo the doctor is in charge. Bebo accidently leaves her watch inside Viraj’s Stomach and decides to trap Viraj so she can remove the watch by falling in love with him. But fate had its own story and thus starts the romantic bonding between two enemies.
Story is simple and nothing great. But screenplay and dialogs are the biggest USP of this film, especially in the first half of the film which is total enjoyable and entertaining till last one hour of the film. The moment romantic track starts the movie fails miserably with a weak climax. A good amount of effort was required in the last one hour of the film. Also few dialogs were bit of vulgar and cheap at places.
The movie has some great scenes like the Operation Table scene, Akshay going to ENT specialist, the airplane drama and few more.
Music is good in the Title Track and Lakh Lakh. Rest all songs are just fillers and at one point not required at all. Locations of Hollywood were fantastic.
Director Sabbir Khans attempt of combining Hollywood and bollywood in this battle of sexes could had been more entertaining and enjoyable, but after the full positive first half the graph goes down in the second. It’s so strange that the director preferred to have the climax with Akshay Kumar hardly in it and more focus on Aftab, Amrita and Karina Kapoor. The feel in the romantic scenes and later the climax was totally missing and looked soulless. If only the feel which we had in first half would had just continued the film would had been like an another feather In Akshay Kumars cap.
On performance basis its out and out Akshay Kumars film, remove him from the film and you will feel you are like watching some weak film. His timings and punch lines as usual are fantastic. But it’s so sad that he hardly has anything to do in the climax of the film. Kareena Kapoor has done a good job, but could have added more depth to her character. Also at many points she falls shot. She could not repeat her Geet magic again. Aftab, Amrita and Vidhu are good support but have hammed a lot. Javed Jaffery, Boman Irani and Kiron Kher in small roles were refreshing. Hollywood Bigges like Stallone and others were a treat to watch.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hain dum ?
Dum hain, first half mein total dum and dumdaar hain, but second half weak and at times drag hain. Still the movie is a decent watch compared to Akshays last few films, but nothing in terms of his classic hits and blockbusters. But one thing is for sure that our Ishq for good Masala Entertainment and out and out Akshay Kumars comedy films will still have to wait as Kambakt Ishq falls less in terms of Expectation and out and out entertainment.
Ratings : 2.25/5