Kurbaan : Review

November 23, 2009 at 11:58 am 37 comments

When it come entertainers Dharma productions never disappointed us. Many movies deals with terrorism came in Bollywood in past few years. But I will say majority are half baked or love stories. What make kurbaan different from rest of the movies of similar genre is, probably this is the first Bollywood (or Indian) movie which dealt with Global terrorism and other thing is rather than others of similar genre, the story progress with the point of view of terrorists (not portraying them as either baddies or goodies, just express there emotions and psyche) as well as moderate peoples and also movie portrays pain of helpless spectator who lost his loved one in one of the attack. The movie concentrates on its core theme rather than distracting sub plots and songs.

Avantika, a lecture at a university in Delhi fall in love with Ehsaan a professor from similar university and soon they get married and relocate to New York. But soon they find out that things are not cool as it seems and no one can be trusted. I don’t want to tell anything further and spoil the fun of watching a thriller

My take
A good story with style and substance is rare thing in Bollywood. Kurbaan is one of those kinds. It has a tight script and fast paced screenplay. The performances of lead actors are commendable .I have never seen Kiron Kher in such a powerful role. Never thought Vivek Oberoi knows anything other than over acting But he is too good in this movie. Cinematography and Background score is excellent. I’m sure this movie will take Indian movie to next level. Guess we have got another Abbas-Mustaan. Kudos to Rensil D’Silva and his team. Really smart one. Yeah Some Love Stories have Blood on them.

Scene to watch out: A bullet wound surgery,climax

Pros: Screen play, climax, back ground score, art direction and cinematography, saif-Kareena chemistry, fewer songs (but good ones), no item numbers, tough and dark one.
Cons: First half an hour (a bit drag), Too hot for kids (don’t take kids with you for this movie), not for masses.


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  • 2. kanagu  |  November 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    hmmm… interesting..

    but I heard that its ok kinda movie.. lets see…

    • 3. anishthomas  |  November 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      Kanagu ,it may not go well with mass(also due to some religious statements) but it is a class movie.I saw this movie with my friends and we all liked it 😀
      Between this is not the one for those who like dance-sing type movies.I will say a good dark movie with high technical and production values 🙂 .

  • 4. Pins N Ashes  |  November 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    no negatives u mean…… gonna catch it this weekend….

    • 5. anishthomas  |  November 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

      Do watch it pins and ashes , really good one..In this movie we will see only characters not actors…one of the best movie of saif,om puri,kiron kher and kareena
      I have seen this with my friends and we all liked it…

  • 6. Swaram  |  November 23, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Oh wow! Sounds like a gud one minus unwanted masala.
    That ws a simple n superb review Anish! Thanks 🙂

    • 7. anishthomas  |  November 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Swaram 🙂 ,
      @ unwanted masala…….exactly…for that reason it may won’t go well with masses(a sensitive\serious one….but has some strong religious statements\portrayals)….people who prefer song-dance ,rona-drama won’t like this movie….a good dark thriller
      between surprised to see that ajab prem ki….was housefull on lastweek too

  • 8. Smita  |  November 23, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    hmmm getting varied reviews on this!! But am sure am not watching it as I can’t stand Kareena Kapoor!!!

    But tell me, many people have said that it is a mix of New York & Fanaa, do u agree?

    • 9. anishthomas  |  November 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm

      Even i don’t like kareena and vivek oberoi.But they are surprisingly good in this one(she kinda underplayed her character)
      @ Newyork and fanna …Fanna is more about amir-kajol love story rather than terrorism.Newyork also deals with the friendship,love and all(though it has a little similarity with the plot).So here diffrence is rather than concentarting on subplots it concentrates more on core theme and deals with the psyche\emotions of terrorists,those who related to them and those who are affected by there operations.Compared to others it is technically very good.
      Few loopholes\cliches are there but tight and fast paced screenplay coverup all that.
      It is not a movie for masses .So if you prefer watching SRK type tearjerkers or usual sing-dance-cry bollywood flicks avoid it
      Watch it if you like dark thrillers or unconventional movies

    • 10. sakshi  |  November 24, 2009 at 1:55 am

      Smita Hi5 I can’t stand Kareena either 👿 one bheegi firecracker she is :mrgreen:

      me : seems there are lot of anti kareena fans in Blogosphere 🙂

  • 11. Rajlakshmi  |  November 23, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Me too heard that its a good one. Will surely watch. Nice review.

    • 12. anishthomas  |  November 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Rajlakshmi ,
      Do watch it 🙂

  • 13. Smitha  |  November 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Very nicely reviewed, Anish!

    Have been reading mixed reviews of it.. Anyway, since the possibility of me watching it is very low, I will go read some more reviews 🙂

    • 14. anishthomas  |  November 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Smitha,
      @ I will go read some more ROFL , heheh carry on 😉

  • 15. Vimmuuu  |  November 23, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Might give this a miss; nothing has provoked me yet to go for this movie. The negative reviews played a good part after the movie released.

    Btw, why dont you, Kanagu and me go for a movie together ? We are living in the same city and havnt caught up yet. What say ?

    • 16. anishthomas  |  November 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      sure vimmu , that is a cool idea 🙂
      we will plan something shortly 😀 .Kanagu are you listening us 🙂

  • 17. sakshi  |  November 24, 2009 at 1:57 am

    OMG I feel so stupid coz I just heard about the movie for the first time after reading your post 😥 checking the youtube songs now and Kareena’s presence is making me shiver :mrgreen:

    • 18. anishthomas  |  November 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm

      sakshi , check out this song — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7CdXVLER2k 😀

      • 19. sakshi  |  November 24, 2009 at 10:15 pm

        ROFL!! not a single glimpse of kareena in that one and I feel relieved phew!!! The set for the song is awesome.
        me :ROFL , yeahh loved the adam ,eve and forbidden fruit concept 🙂 ..between come on, she is not that bad compared to mallika sherawat, celena jaitley and all 😀 😀
        I am a sucker for black and grey shades where they show only a dash of colour 😆

        me : me to sakshi 😀 😀 ……i love black and gray shades….in fact obsessed with

      • 20. sakshi  |  November 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm

        See we have so many things in common and there you go and support that vimmmuuu…..arghhhhhhhhhhh!!!

      • 21. anishthomas  |  November 26, 2009 at 11:31 am

        Ohh really 😉 , hmmm interesting 😀 😀 …… But I can’t stand with sane peoples sakshi 😀 😀

  • 22. Happy Kitten  |  November 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for the review.. watched the trailers and could find a good chemisty between Saif and Kareena.. hopefully they have acted 🙂 in this movie… but somehow I like this fiery lady..

    • 23. anishthomas  |  November 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Yeah they shares excelent chemistry and they acted well also(one of the best performance by kareena till date) ….but you shouldn’t watch this movie with kids

  • 24. Nona  |  November 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Excellently “written” review.

    But I slept through the movie in the second half. The first half was dragging with a lot of fade-in-fade-out sequences! 😦

    The photography was good and it gave a classy look to the entire movie.

    I woke up just in time for the final sequence and I loved those explosions. They were handled very well.

    • 25. anishthomas  |  November 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm

      Welcome here Nona :),
      Yeahh they got the best technicians in this movie….
      you slep through the second half!!!!!!!! what happend 😀 😀
      between thanks 🙂

  • 26. Priti  |  November 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Nice Review 🙂
    Although I don’t intend to watch it as I can’t stand Kareena…

    Btw nice blog! It’s got a good set of posts! 😀

    • 27. anishthomas  |  November 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

      First of all welcome here Priti 🙂 ,
      hmmm one more anti kareena fan 🙂
      Thank you so much Priti 😀

  • 28. Pesto Sauce  |  November 25, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Seems like a good watch, should plan to catch it soon

    • 29. anishthomas  |  November 26, 2009 at 11:32 am

      Welcome here Pesto 😉 ,
      If you like dark thrillers \crime thrillers watch it 🙂 .

  • 30. sreeja  |  December 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    i got mixed reviews.. 1 blogged its awesome, other said he cudnt even watch the first one hour 😕 i will check out and say my take 🙂

    • 31. anishthomas  |  December 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

      Sreeja, first of all welcome to my space 🙂 .
      It depends sreeja.If you like dark thrillers , then go for it.If you like candy flows ,then avoid it 🙂

  • 32. Nimmy  |  December 3, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I hope to watch the movie..Well put concise review

    • 33. anishthomas  |  December 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

      hey thanks nimmy chechi,
      If you like thrillers go for it. else avoid it 🙂

  • 34. doctoratlarge  |  December 4, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I found the movie good, but there were some flaws as well. For one, Vivek Oberoi’s character going on a quest to hunt out the terrorists by himself was strange to say the least, when he could have simply called agent Collins and let the police handle things. Secondly, I found Saif to be too subdued in the movie; he seemed to be lacking in intensity and did not look like a character driven to desperation by losing everything dear to him.

    • 35. anishthomas  |  December 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm

      yeahh flaws are there.But pace of the movie covers it all 🙂

      One main thing was why vivek obroe didn’t tell everything to colins before itself and another thing is why kareena didn’t call 911.After all it is a Bollywood movie.So all these flaws are expected 🙂

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