Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 2nd October, 2014
Time : 156 minutes
Director : Siddharth Anand; Writers : Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair (remake of Knight And Day); Music : Vishal – Shekhar (songs), Salim – Sulaiman (background score)
Starring : Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa, Javed Jaffrey, Pawan Malhotra, Parth Akerkar
It’s a light, air-headed, feel-good watch, works to the extent it does because of Hrithik, the chemistry between him and Katrina, a few dabs of humour, the locales, the few sequences lifted directly from Knight and Day and its overall pace. It is let down, quite badly, by the amateurish attempt to Indianize the film by injecting emotion, melodrama and back stories (the whole subplot involving Jimmy Shergill, Kanwaljeet and Deepti Naval), the Indo-British angle / Kohinoor bit and to an extent, Katrina, who apart from looking smoking hot, doesn’t really succeed in making us believe in her character, a bubbly, normal woman involved in an international intrigue which takes her way out of her comfort zone.
Katrina, a bank receptionist in Simla, leading a humdrum, routine life, somehow catches the eye of the mysterious Hrithik, who has just stolen the Kohinoor diamond from the Tower of London and is trying to complete its sale to an over the top, caricaturish villain, Danny Denzongpa and his brother, Javed Jaffrey. Chased by cops, secret service (Pawan Malhotra) and the villains henchmen, including a bumbling Parth Akerkar, the movie involves lots of chase sequences over air, water and land while the lead pair sort out their feelings for each other.
Hrithik is a delight, doing what he does best, in familiar territory (similar terrain as his Dhoom 2 avatar). There is something about him that makes you believe in him, trust him, managing to make even his outrageous character seem credible in parts. Katrina looks very nice, as always, shares an easy rapport with Hrithik, fresh off their Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara pairing but finds it hard to look sexy, with her million buck pout and still portray a normal, next door woman, in a situation way over her head. The plot is ludicrous, especially the new bits, but redeemed by its touches of humour including Hrithik teasing Katrina about her online dating foray or Parth’s bumbling buffoonery.
The action sequences are good, slick, though apart from the water flyboarding sequence smack of same old, same old and in some cases, especially the desert finale, the special effects, computer graphics seem obvious. Couple of songs get your feet tapping and the gorgeous locations definitely uplift the mood and provide the right environment for the great looking lead pair.
This film is more about looks than any substance. About trying to provide an entertaining couple of hours rather than any thoughts or images to stay with you after you leave the hall. It’s the equivalent of a great looking date, who’s good for that one night out, but with whom its hard to develop any sort of meaningful relationship