THE PLOT –
Kurbaan was definitely one of the movies this season that created a lot of pre-release following.
The plot of the movie can easily be mistaken to have been entirely inspired from Yash Raj Films’ New York, released earlier this year.
The movie however saves a lot of weaknesses on the surface through some very well homeworked screenplay and impeccable performances by the starcast.
A Dharma Productions movie has always been a dicey proposition when it comes to expecting the worth of the movies churned out – off late, there have hardly been wow flicks coming out. However, with Kurbaan you are assured of a well crafted film if not one with great content on offer.
The movie begins with the backdrop of the Delhi University and the events in the lives of our leading actor and actress. It moves on to gripping shores when the couple moves to the USA and is in the midst of a sleeper cell setting in a dedicated neighborhood. How their lives then meander through several courses is left for you to witness and take back.
THE CAST –
Saif Ali Khan is exceptional and at times almost carries the film single-handedly.
Kareena Kapoor has been made to look good and as far as her act goes, she does a decent job of executing her role according to the demands of the script at various stages.
Om Puri and Kiron Kher are routine in their character acts also supported in cameos by Nauheed Cyrusi and Dia Mirza.
Vivek Oberoi has been wasted in the movie given his impeccable record of performing character roles suited to such storylines.
THE MUSIC –
The music from Salim-Suleiman is pleasing to state the least. The duo have worked well to keep the earthiness in their music throughout the album.
While Shukraan Allah is without doubt the pick of the songs, the title track is equally well-made to give you the right feel given the backdrop of the movie or without.
THE VERDICT –
Kurbaan is definitely a movie that cannot do severe harm to your merry-making plans on a rainy day.
The film will not be making heads turn or possibly even just break-even at the box office but surely this is a marked improvement from the Dharma Productions stable after some real sub-standard servings in the last couple of years.
Watch it if you need an assurance to keep your faith intact with the production house.
THE SCORE –
6.00 / 10.00