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The Kurbaan Movie Review

A colossal disappointment
By N K Deoshi
Rating: 1.5/5

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 De’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’.

In case you’re curious to know the story, here it is. Ehsaan (Saif) plays his charm on Avantika (Kareena) who’s come to Delhi from the US to take care of her ailing dad. Ehsaan is a professor at a local university where she too teaches psychology. Well, sparks fly and sooner than we know Avantika is married to Ehsaan, and he tags along with her to the US where the newly married couple moves into a desi neighbourhood next to a conservative Muslim family with perpetually scowling faces. Turns out that all of them have been victims of the US war on terror in one way or another and have now come to wage a war on the US soil. There’s a sleeper terrorist cell operating here and Avantika comes to know of it. But the biggest shock for her is when a darker side of her husband Ehsaan comes to the fore.

From then on, Avantika mostly stays confined to her bedroom while Riaz (Vivek), a TV reporter on a personal vendetta against the terrorists, penetrates the sleeper cell.

Absurdities pile up from then on in ‘Kurbaan’. Saif is involved in a deadly shootout with cops, but continues to roam scot-free even as FBI remains clueless about what’s going on in their backyard. Another absurdity - Om Puri (who’s the head of the terror cell) gives a strict instruction that no one in the sleeper cell could use cell phones, and what do we see in the very next scene - Saif getting a call on his mobile from none other than Puri. Another one - Vivek gets a lead on the terrorists and decides to take them on himself. No FBI, no cops for him! Why? Because he wants to avenge the killing of his sweetheart (Dia Mirza).

Karan Johar, who has written the film, ought to credit the audience with more intelligence than he imagines them to have. Saddled with a flawed script, Rensil D’Silva cobbles together a film that takes itself too seriously without ever becoming serious.

Only Kareena Kapoor and Om Puri come up with performances worth mentioning. Saif’s character sadly has little or no gravity. There’s nothing in his character to suggest the seething anger within him that makes him more loyal to his mission than his pregnant wife. Kirron Kher hams it up with her phoney Afghan accent. Vivek Oberoi is rusty at places but shows flashes of good acting at times.

The film’s music (Salim Suleiman) and cinematography (Hemant Chaturvedi) are good, but they fail to gloss over the gaping holes in the script.

In a nutshell, ‘Kurbaan’ is a massive disappointment. In fact, it’s almost terrorizing.

Rating: 3/10

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joshikrutin
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08 Apr 2010
Outstanding Film
Its one of the outstanding movies of all times... It was a disappointment to know that the movie failed at the box office.. Indians say they want
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tammylicious
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27 Dec 2009
Sad :(
I like this movie a lot and how they made it almost like the 9/11 that happened in 2001. This movie is inspiring and sad. I loved how Saif didn't do
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09 Dec 2009
MEGA HIT
Worth watching !!!
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