Wonder why Kurbaan is getting so much hype and good reviews! Is it because Karan Johar has managed to generate enough curiosity courtesy Kareena’s backless show, “Mumbai-Bombay” controversy, Saif-Kareena’s real/reel romance (read bedroom scene) or simply because KJo has spent hell lot of money for the paid reviews? Whatever be the reason, the thing is that movie does not work.
It does not work in the first 30 minutes when Saif tries to woo Kareena – seemed more like Coffee with Karan (oops Kareena). It does not work when you show NYPD as stupid as Bollywood police – why on earth they did not stop the trains when they knew there were bombs on them? FBI Agent Collins looked like a caricature of our own Jagadish Raj, if you know who I am talking about.
Kurbaan does not work with Vivek Oberoi giving one of the most constipated performance of his nearly dead career. It does not work with every scene being too predictable. There’s no element of surprise in this 2 hours 40 minutes movie. Give me a break. Ok one last point – why did Bhaijaan plant bombs at all the Indian neighborhood subways in New York (Lexington, Jackson Heights, …) when his jihaad is againts the “amrikans”? Don’t they already have enough opportunities to kill Indians in India?
All this from the same guy who wrote Rang De Basanti? Unbelievable! Yes, Rensil D’Silva, director of Kurbaan, wrote the screenplay of RDB. Had it not been for some crisp dialogues by Anurag Kashyap, the narration would have fallen flat. Saif Ali Khan’s underplayed performance is another plus you can take home. My 1.5 stars are mainly for these two. Do yourself a kind favor – stay away from watching this movie. Have a poker night, watch Kabir Khan’s New York instead or simply “Curb Your Enthusiasm”!