In this week’s new release and highly anticipated Kaabil, Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam stars as Rohan Bhatnagar and Supriya Sharma respectively: both are visually impaired yet independent, hard-working, resilient and harbor positive disposition towards their life with no regrets. They don’t want to be sympathized, instead want to be treated like a normal people who can operate life as normal as any human being with a normal eyesight. Love between them gradually blossoms culminating into a lovely marriage with a dream to keep loving and uplifting each other’s spirit in all highs and lows.
However the happiness is short-lived as the rogue brother of a local corporator, who had set his lustrous eye on Supriya – takes advantage of her weakness and rapes her, collapsing the couple’s carefully nurtured world forever. After realizing that the law and order is far more darker than their life & support is unlikely to be offered since the cops have taken a step back and refused to support, Rohan transforms into an avenging angel to teach those barbarians who brutally violated his wife.
There is exactly nothing new to offer here. Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta makes it clear that it is a standard avenging thriller. Yet, I’ve to admit that Kaabil is possibly a good and better film Gupta has directed in a long time. First half is gripping to core, the love story is cozy and crackling and writer wastes no time in establishing the terror that falls upon the couple.
Trailer itself revealed that Rohan will seek revenge but how is what second half comprises of and since the protagonist is blind, we get to see him relying on his sensory skills to hit back at them. And while it does starts off with aplomb, the novelty wears off eventually as it gets repeated all over again, in addition there are logical inconsistencies that can be guessed from miles away.The villains (played by real life siblings Ronit Roy and Rohit Roy) are appropriately cast. Unlike what critics have argued, I found them menacing enough to hate them from my gut and the kind of regressive mindset they carry along might have you want to get them permanently thwarted once and for all.
Yami Gautam adds a lot of freshness to the plot and her performance is charismatic however unlike ‘Action Jackson‘ and ‘Badlapur‘ (I hope she doesn’t typecast herself as a posthumous lover), the violation she faces here leaves us deeply impacted. In the end, it is Hrithik Roshan who is entrusted with the responsibility to carry the film on his shoulder and he doesn’t disappoint one bit. He gets all the traits of a blind individual perfect and he is so terrific that we cannot help but muster up ourselves to root for him throughout his journey.
Kaabil is an effective thriller with high emotional quotient and logic that could’ve been harnessed given how potentially good the writing is. Hrithik is still the same highly talented Roshan who can dance and emote like a dream and I doubt a ‘Mohan Jo Daro’ can ever tame his talent.