Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Medium : Hindi
Starring : Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Ompuri, Kareena Kapoor, Dia Mirza
Director : Rensil D'silva
Music : Salim Sulaiman

Karan Johar is a big name in the bollywood industry. He has directed films like 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Kabhi Khushu Kab
hi Ghum' and 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and he is also the producer of films like 'Kaal', 'Kal Ho Na Ho', 'Dostana', 'Wake Up Sid' and now 'Kurbaan'. The producer has written the story of the film also and the script writer - director is a new name in the field, Rensil D'silva (He has shared credits of screen play writing in films like 'Luck' and 'Rang De Basanthi').

The fi
lm deals with the issue of international terrorism and its influence on the society. Ehsan Khan (Saif ) is a professor in the Delhi University where Avanthika (Kareena) also does the same profession. They loved each other and married. Both of them reached US, when she gets a job in an University there. He also gets a part-time tutor's job. They stays in a locality where the majority are muslims.

Once, a girl from their neighborhood, came to Avanthika asking for help telling that her life is in danger. As per her request, she passes the message to a news reporter (Dia) and her colleague (Vivek).
The unstable surroundings gave some fowl smell to Avantika and she accidentally came to know about the illegal activities going on there. How she manages to get out of the trap, what happens to her husband, how the journalist helps them are all shown in the later portions.

The film is presented well by the new director. The colorful visuals by the cinematographer Hemant Chathurvedi ('Company', 'Maqbool' and 'Dus Kahaniya' fame) helped to give a serious mood. Salim-Sulaiman had given an excellent background score, 'sukranallah...' song is also notable. All the artists have done their roles well. The scene at the lecture hall where Vivek Oberoi open up, is interesting.

The hero's character is a suspense, but the circumstances around him gives us a clue about it in the earlier portions itself. The scenes involving FBI officials should have been done more seriously. The anti climax portions incl
uding the train scenes are ok. As an extension to the climax, what will be happening to such a new born baby should have been mentioned. The resemblance of the tamil film 'Kuruthippunal' by Kamalhassan (adapted from 'Drohkaal' in hindi) is there in few scenes.

The theme of 'Kurbaan' is very relevant in the current era; you can watch it once.

Rating : 7.5 / 10

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