Kurbaan, the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor film that has terrorism as its central theme, has not found favor with some of the prominent Indian movie critics.
Here’s what a gaggle of critics in India has to say on Kurbaan:
Take the worst elements of Bollywood movies like Fanaa and New York, deduct all the thrills from Hollywood films like Arlington Road, throw in that anorexic, worthless actress Kareena Kapoor, add that one-expression-all-through-the-movie Saif Ali Khan and bring in the constipated maid-fucker Om Puri, voila, there you have this vile trash a.k.a. Kurbaan.
Hey, if thereâ€™s any remotely credible act of terrorism in Kurbaan, itâ€™s what Karan Johar (credited with this sophomoric story) and the lobotomized cast of this junk unleash on unsuspecting members of the audience.
The film has ambition but it is too flawed and simplistic to explore issues like religion, violence and the politics of terrorism with any conviction or gravitas.
….Kurbaan is a disappointment.
You are not quite sure after watching Kurbaan what exactly the motive behind making the film is. Was it designed to be a thriller? Then, in the almost 2hrs and 40minutes of its running time, it’s too long at dips at various points to be able to thrill you enough.
Was it supposed to be a love story? Then it fails on that count because the ‘lovers’ in the film come across as shallow. Was the film supposed to be a comment on global terrorism? Then it’s a haphazard one, raising questions (old ones at that) and not bothering to give any answers.
Actually, Kurbaan is a mish-mash of all of the above, and with a seduction scene and ‘main badla loonga’ angle thrown in, reminds one of the formulaic films made in the 80s.
If you watched Kabir Khanâ€™s â€œNew Yorkâ€ this summer, you wonâ€™t find much novelty in Rensil Dâ€™Silvaâ€™s â€œKurbaanâ€. The storyline is pretty much the same, except for a few cosmetic differences.
….The dialogue is unimaginative in places, and so are the character sketches. Saifâ€™s character comes across as half-baked and we never see why he made the transition from an ordinary man into a terrorist.
After watching Kurbaan I now understand why all the posters for the film capitalize on the sexy bronzed skin of the two lead actorsâ€”thereâ€™s nothing else in this inane, regressive story.
Sure, some of the above critics may have also found a few nice things to say about Kurbaan but overall they donâ€™t seem very thrilled with the movie, do they?
Stay at home, folks.
The critics have no choice but to see this movie.
But you have a choice.
Donâ€™t waste your time and money.