The turnout for the preview a day before the release of Kurbaan was massive. The movie is aptly taglined- “Some love stories have blood on them.” What starts out as a seemingly innocent love story leads to a web of deceit and terror.
Avantika (Kareena Kapoor) is a professor at Delhi University. An attractive young woman but apprehensive about giving men a chance. She finally makes an exception by giving into the incessant requests of her colleague, Ehsaan Khan (Saif Ali Khan) and deigning to have a coffee with him. Ehsaan is very vocal about the attraction and his prediction, that their courtship will lead to marriage comes true when he agrees to move to New York with Avantika in the interest of her career. They move into an Indian neighborhood and are invited for dinner by their neighbors. Following this nothing seems to be going right. Avantika (who for some reason is always home instead of busy building her ‘career’ while Ehsaan is out working), stumbles upon a series of incidents leading to the terrifying revelation that nothing is as it seems to be. She is unwillingly pulled into a life she could never have imagined to be a part of.
Vivek Oberoi appears on screen after a long hiatus as a reporter with a mission and an exaggerated American accent. A little over expressive at times but fits the bill. Dia Mirza makes a special appearance as his lady love who is the reason for his mission. While the story takes time to pick up, and there is a point where one feels it’s going nowhere, it turns out there is a specific ending in mind which doesn’t leave any loose ends. The plots and scenes are quite believable and seem close to reality.
The main plot is not derailed by the love story. The romance aspect is well-woven into the script. An effort has been made to show the sentiments of everyone involved in this dreaded cycle, from the culprits to the innocent. It shows that the terrorists are also the victims, and that the definition of terrorism can be easily misinterpreted.
One feels for every party involved as nothing is portrayed in a biased manner. One realizes that the world is reeling towards an abyss and getting out of it is no easy feat. There is a bit of a lull in the middle as the pace is slow but it manages to make up with the scenes which have you at the edge of your seat with bile building up inside.
Kareena and Saif are absolutely perfect together. An outstanding performance by Kareena has her overshadowing everyone, and she looks dreamy in the first half. Saif’s surprisingly the best in the romantic scenes. Kirron Kher and Om Puri are actors who are always brilliant and thus nothing more can be said.
Kurbaan is a commendable effort which may not be appreciated by everyone. It’s well made and the director has not indulged himself by making it over the top.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra