Sanjay Gupta's last outing Jazbaa was heavily panned by the critics and was a box office disaster. Thankfully, his latest outing has all the elements of some 'seetimaar' entertainer even though it falls prey to a typical Bollywood revenge saga where you know the fate of the evil.
Hrithik Roshan is the 'star' of Kaabil. He pulls off a superlative act and keeps you hooked. His earnest to the role of a raging blind man is crystal clear in the scenes and the actor has got the mannerisms of a visually impaired spot-on.
Kaabil may not have nothing new to offer but it's Hrithik Roshan's sincere act that wins you over and keeps you rooting for him till the end. In a nutshell, this game of hide-and-seek is worth-a-try!
When they get hitched, visually-impaired couple Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik) and Supriya Sharma (Yami) light up each other’s lives. Unfortunately their dark world goes topsy-turvy when Supriya is raped and Rohan finds the policemen playing blind’s man’s buff. Leaving him with no choice, but to take the law into his own hands.
The highlight of the film is Hrithik’s bravura performance. He is vulnerable as a lover and menacing as a killing-machine. Half a star in the movie-rating is reserved for his all-time best performance here. Yami provides the perfect foil, subtle and super-effective.
Technically the film is adept, thanks to with masters like Sudeep Chatterjee (camera) and Resul Pookutty (sound). However Rajesh Roshan’s yesteryear hits—saara zamana and dil kya karen in their remixed avatars are pale imitations of their original versions.
Hrithik has attempted to push boundaries as an actor and play rather difficult characters, often dealing with human infirmities—paraplegic in 'Guzaarish' (possibly his most under-rated film), man-child ('Koi Mil Gaya') etc. He brings the same sort of skill and earnestness to the role of an under-stated yet raging blind man, who can surely dance, even if briefly, although the music isn't quite world-class.
There is a lot of realism missing in what's supposed to be a gritty thriller. Locations seem semi-fake. In portions, the film itself appears slightly cold, and thoda sa plastic.