Producer Karan Johar brings debutant Director Rensil D'Silva's Kurbaan starring Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi to the theaters. Kurbaan movie review can't be complete without remembering old Hindi movies, where the hero was a dacoit or a thief, or some con or a don, or a smuggler who the audience and the beautiful actress fell in love with, but the love story did not always have a happy ending. Now, in 2009, all the above professions have fallen out of favour. Our film-makers have now fallen in love with terrorists. Earlier this year, we had Kabir Khan's New York. Now, we have Kurbaan, also set in New York (New Delhi in special appearance).
Ehsaan (Saif) & Avantika (Kareena) meet in New Delhi in quite filmy manner...on the roads and as quickly they fall in love. After a quick romance, mostly manifested in Cafe Coffee Day and the teacher's room, they get married and action shifts to New York. Obviously the director was eager to get to action.
In New York, they have move in to a so-called Indian neighborhood, inhabited by ONLY Muslims. I guess, for the sake of keeping a control on number of characters, they couldn't afford to include a Sardar or a South Indian or even a Bong family in the neighborhood.
When you have seen the movie promos and the posters, you don't need to be a genius to understand, Saif is part of the terror gang. After quite easily blowing up an aircraft with UN delegation headed for Middle East, the gang is aiming at something big like 9/11 (according to FBI intel).
While they go about planning the attacks, not much is shown in terms of their discussion for the plan or any security measures after the plane being blown up, which is quite surprising given US paranoia about security. And it seems, that just anyone can plan an attack in the subway or go on a policemen killing spree.
Another fascinating thing about the movie is, starting from Avantika falling for Ehsaan, everything happens too easily and accepted too easily too. This makes the story somewhat less convincing and weak at times.
In another weak moment of the movie, they show Saif (in a different look) being discussed in FBI meetings as the most prized head after Osama (well, almost!), mastermind behind global terror attacks.
So, now you know about all the blood being splattered on screen. Obviously, there is some more love left in the bloody love story. And quite predictably so!
In the climax scene, in one intense moment, Kareena mouths one of the most inane dialogues...just wait to hear it on screen, when Avantika asks Ehsaan, whats his real name and the audience bursts out in laughter in a very serious moment. Not a good thing!
You can't really find much fault with the Direction and even the extensive US outdoor scenes were well executed, where characters like the FBI agent & other extras looked convincing and not just a firang doing a cameo. Though, the FBI agent Collins had to contend with Indian script writers dishing out Indian police-wala dialogues! Only missing in action was maybe an American President (Bush?) in an Indian movie.
Saif is good, from the early scenes of flirting and romance, as well in his role as the ruthless terrorist. He gives a measured performance. I found Kareena as brilliant. She also delivers a fine performance in whats mostly a deglam avatar. Vivek Oberoi tries his best to give a sincere performance, except for the occasions, when he goes overboard with his accent. Kiron Kher is same, from Devdas to Singh is Kinng to Kurbaan, only her character keeps changing. Feel sorry for Nauheed Cyrusi and especially Dia Mirza...for their extra short cameo appearances.
Well, despite all what I said, Kurbaan is a good one time watch though, it lacks any novelty and harps too much on the same old terrorism-Muslim angle. But guys, it's definitely much better than New York, if that helps your cause!