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Ittefaq Review: A Delicious Whodunit Thriller Infused with Some Engaging Drama and Plot Twists

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Written by Poorva Tamhane
An adaptation of Yash Chopra’s 1969 movie with the same name, Abhay Chopra’s Ittefaq seems more of a marketing strategy than a thrilling drama. However, the movie does have some captivating twists and turns. The deliciousness of a whodunit movie prevails but drags along the viewers with its unnecessary twists and turns. Unlike the trailer, which had us believe that Ittefaq has a gripping and water-tight plot, the movie does stagger along and has us wishing the flashbacks would stop already.

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The plot for Ittefaq is essentially about two strangers that run into one another on a rainy Mumbai night and are both the witnesses and the suspects in a criminal case of double murders. Vikram Sethi (Siddharth Malhotra) is a London based writer, who’s been having a rough time and is under pressure to deliver a bestseller. He comes to Mumbai for the launch of his book but in a strange turn of events his wife is found dead.

As Vikram evades the cops and is on the run from them, he lands up at a stranger’s house. The stranger in question is a lady by the name of Maya (Sonakshi Sinha), who soon learns that Vikram could be a convict on the run and alerts the cops. The cops nab Vikram and also end up discovering the body of Maya’s husband Shekhar in the house. Maya accuses Vikram of double murder but he pleads innocence. The detective on their case is Inspector Dev played by Akshaye Khanna who plays the role with ease, poise and finesse. With Maya and Vikram there is a bit of a lack of intensity which they make up for after the first few minutes into the film.

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Ittefaq frames Mumbai in a gothic, dreary manner with the rains providing a suitable backdrop of a claustrophobic city of congested spaces. The plot has everything from love to seduction and betrayal. The crime seems like an open and shut case but with the two major suspects giving different versions to what transpired that night, Inspector Dev is time-pressed to find out what the truth really is. His storytelling is what keeps the plot together. All in all, Ittefaq is a smart and gripping whodunit thriller with a few loopholes that can be overlooked. The movie is currently playing in theatres.

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