Rensil D’ Silva chooses a topic too hot to handle for a debutant director. A good cast, a good concept supported by some good music, Rensil ‘D Silva has it all set. So does he deliver?? Well..he does but not fully! What he comes out with is a blend of ‘Fanaa’, ‘New York’ and a bit of his own flavour. Kurbaan is a movie that could have been turned out into an edge of your seat thriller, but thanks to certain weakness in the technicalities, it turns out be an average affair!
Ehsaan (Saif) & Avantika (Kareena) are professors in the same college at New Delhi. What begins as a coffee meeting, blossoms into love. Avantika officially stays in New York but due to her dad’s illness she comes to India. One fine day, she receives a mail from New York University, asking her to return. Ehsaan decides to shift along with Avantika. So he meets her dad, gets married to Avantika, and both of them shift to New York in an Indian neighborhood. Happy they are, but Avantika is not aware of the thrills that await her. One night they are invited by their neighbours for dinner where she meets Salma (Nauheed Cyrusi) The very next day, Salma tells her that her live is in danger and that no is to be trusted. And the thrill begins.
But this is where Rensil – the writer mistakes. Once he is done successfully with the romantic angle, the momentum of thrill should be kept going at a constant pace but Alas, even after Avantika is aware of the danger around Salma’s life, the thrill fails to grip you and the movie keeps stumbling thereon. Sadly, it also results in the climax being too weak. When you are attempting a thriller you have to make sure it’s a fast paced one. But here the pace is set at slow and the duration is too long, which makes this movie a bore at certain instances.
The romantic angle takes up half of the first half and is done quite well. But after she gets to know about the danger and the fact that Ehsaan is himself involved in the terrorist act that their neighbourhoods are planning, the movie loses grip. The second half does make up for a promising one, but even that lacks crisp and hence is nothing to praise about.
Direction by Rensil D’ Silva is top notch. The way he directs even some of the loose parts of the screenplay is worth mentioning. There are certain well directed scenes to watch out for like the one where Kareena is taking out a bullet from Saif’s body or the one when Saif sprang the bullet straight into Kirron Kher’s head. Extremely Fabulous!
Story by Karan Johar is good, though it has a mix of Fanaa & New York.
Screenplay is quite good, and is tight at places but does get loose as well. Rensil here could have done a bit more so as to keep the audiences glued to the screen. The thrill element needed more of work as it doesn’t stay on you for long. The climax could have been made a lot more interesting and hard hitting. By the time movie ends, you actually realize there is no message coming up from the movie and thus the lack of impact further weakens the climax and the movie.
Editing could have been a lot better. As said earlier, thrillers need to be pacy, short and crisp. In the case of Kurbaan, it is too slow with a long duration and hence no sort of crispness in the movie.
Dialogues by Anurag Kashyap & Niranjan Iyenger were good.
Background score is excellent. Salim-Suleiman has done so well. This is an award worthy score by this duo.
Music is good and has been very timely and properly picturised in the movie. But even though its proper, one does miss ‘Kurbaan Hua’. This song could have been placed at several instances dividing them into stanzas but neither is the song used in the movie nor is the video shown during the credits. You just have the audio playing during the end credits.
Performances are superbly delivered. Saif Ali Khan impresses yet you feel something missing in his act. Nonetheless, he was quite good especially in the scene when he gets to know the truth about Vivek Oberoi. Class!
Kareena Kapoor does a real splendind job!! From a girl who is enjoying her love-filled days to a woman who bears the pain of her husband’s truth and the plan that is going round her. The way she portrays these wide set of emotions from being enjoyable to serious to being helpless to being hurt by several factors is tremendous. She is marvelous!
Vivek Oberoi has a short but a vital role. He does a brilliant act! If he is given right scripts, he can actually do wonders.
Dia Mirza in her very short role was good. Same for Nauheed Cyrusi.
Om Puri wasn’t too impressive. He was quite okay.
Kirron Kher was good in her role, though she could have done better in her dialogue delivery.
My fav scenes:
Kareena takes out bullet from Saif’s shoulders
Saif shoots Kirron Kher
Saif is brought to light about Vivek Oberoi
Vivek checks Dia’s voice calls and his reaction after hearing Kareena’s message
On the whole, Kurbaan is a movie that unfortunately falls in the screenplay and editing department. It’s the lack of grip, thrill and lack of seriousness that pulls down the movie. A weak climax adds further assault. Moreover, the message is not passed Moreover the message behind the movie does not come out clearly. Nevertheless, the movie is better than New York, with a very good direction, if that helps your cause to make this movie watchable for you.