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Kurbaan - Movie Review

A colossal disappointment
By Naresh Kumar Deoshi
Fri, Nov 20, 2009 07:25:28 GMT

A most wanted terrorist lies wounded inside a vacated train and FBI agents close in. Two bombs have already gone off in different parts of New York, and the SWAT team must stop this one to prevent another explosion. They spot the terrorist having his last words with his wife, and guess what they do? They halt and give the lovers the privacy of their final intimate moment. Find that absurd? Don’t be surprised. Kurbaan directed by Rensil D'Silva and produced by Karan Johar is crammed with such absurdities.

Sample this - moments before the aforesaid scene, a shooting takes place inside a train. Saif Ali Khan and Om Puri go bang!...bang!...on Vivek Oberoi who’s turned out to be a snitch in the sleeper terror cell. Even as the bullets fly and ricochet in the crowded train, the locomotive keeps chugging on and none of the passengers press the emergency button. Not just that, a station comes and Vivek deboards the train while Saif stays inside with the dead body of Om Puri. Then guess what? The doors close and the train, with its passengers, moves on to the next station as if everything is hunky dory and the shooting wasn’t real but part of some movie shoot.

I can go on and on in exposing the ridiculousness of this so called blood-stained love story which is nothing more than a colossal sham in the name of serious cinema. If ‘Kurbaan’ was a no-brainer, such slips could’ve been overlooked. But when a movie dealing with a serious and sensitive subject as terrorism makes it all look farcical, it’s time to take the daggers out and do a kacha jhatka.

A great deal can be judged from the way a director opens his film. And I still reel from the embarrassment I felt while watching the opening scene of the film. Kareena Kapoor hails a taxi at India gate in Delhi. Saif steps in front of her and calls for a taxi. The two don’t know each other and there’s a little squabble over who should get the taxi first. A taxi comes, stops, Kareena gets in. Then Saif begins to cough uncontrollably. Kareena thinks he is sick, gets out of the taxi, and let him take the cab. The moment she makes the offer, Saif is well again. He smiles, sits in the cab and off he goes. I bet even a rookie writer can squiggle out a better opening than this harebrained start to ‘Kurbaan’.

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