KAABIL Movie Review: A dumb thriller by Bollywood’s pathological copycats




It’s disgusting to witness unrelenting degradation and debasement of Bollywood. Its top-notch names are nothing more than filmfakers. They cannot even fake creditably. They are so bad. They flagrantly waste precious talent and resources and use paid film reviewers and journalists, known now as presstitutes around the globe, to hype their hogwash to fool audiences.


What disgusts me more is that these filmfakers after having made so many films and worked with competent world-class technicians have not developed the urge, courage, and ability to imagine a genuine genre tale with their individual stamp.


Sanjay Gupta has been into filmfaking business since 1994. He has shamelessly rehashed Hollywood and Korean films for two decades, most of them thrillers. However, KAABIL proves that he has yet to learn the basics of writing or helming a genuine visceral crime thriller.


Equally amazing is that his producer Rakesh Roshan with experience of decades in the film industry gives a go-ahead to a screenplay that is so implausible, and stupid. He even puts the stardom of his good-looking talented son on line for it. In my view Hritik Roshan had all the ingredients to become as important a global star as Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. He has been misused, abused and wasted by his father who invariably entrusts his son’s fate to filmfakers and copycat screenwriters.


That was my regulation tirade against prevalent Bollywood corruption and now let me tell you what KAABIL is all about. I have never come across as bland and lackluster a thriller and revenge drama as this.  Here is the story.


Rohan Bhatnagar (Hritik Roshan) is blind but he can go about his daily chores without much hiccups. He lives alone, is a gifted voice artiste & makes plenty of money doing this work. His friends fix his BLIND date with Supriya (Yami Gautam) she is also as self-sufficient as him in spite of her blindness. After a few stupid mushy and fake courtship scenes and songs and a dance sequence, apparently to showcase Hritik’s dancing skills, they get married. A local goon Madhavrao Shellar (Ronit Roy) has an eye on Supriya. Wasim (Md. Sahidur Rahaman), his Muslim lackey, and he rape her while Rohan is away for work. Police Officer Chaubey (Narendra Jha) investigates the case. Nothing comes out of it as Madharao’s brother Amit Shellar (Rohit Roy) is a local corporator. He is apparently more powerful than the Prime Minister of India. A few terrible things happen and Rohan is totally devastated and tells the police officer that he will now do the needful. That follows the most ludicrous, unimaginative, totally predictable, and pathetically contrived and fake revenge drama of a blind protagonist.


Even a high school kid can write a better and far more entertaining and thrilling revenge drama. The main premise ‘How a blind man avenges gross injustice done to his blind wife and him’ is obviously full of thrilling, suspense filled, and highly interesting and engaging dramatic possibilities if plotted and treated smartly.


The writer of the film is an incompetent and moronic craftsman to have mucked it up so royally. He needs to watch films from South India. The writers there have mastered the craft so well.  They write thrillers and visceral revenge dramas that can turn even non-descript bad looking misshapen actors with terrible histrionic abilities into popular film stars. They also quite often pick up ideas from sundry ‘videshi’ sources but make good use of it to tell their ‘desi’ stories.  




Directed by Sanjay Gupta, Produced by Rakesh Roshan, Written by Sanjay Masoom, Vijay Kumar Mishra, Starring Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam

Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy, Music by Rajesh Roshan, Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee, Ayananka Bose, Edited by Akiv Ali, Production company

Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd, Distributed by Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd., B4U Motion Pictures, Running time 139 minutes


Rajesh Kumar Singh

@khulkebolo @neelnabh

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