Kurbaan is a bold movie in more than one ways, for starters, it touches upon the terrorism, religion
and intercaste marriage. Secondly, it comes from Dharma Productions aka Karan Johar, generally known for making soft cinema. And third, it contains some controversial scenes between the lead pair and real life couple – Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan which has already raised many eyebrows. But the boldness pays off, Kurbaan comes across as a slick thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Two Professors Avantika (Kareena) and her colleague, Ehsaan Khan (Saif) fall in love while teaching at the Delhi University. Despite resistance from her father, Avantika accepts Ehsaan’s marriage proposal before moving to New York to join a local university.The couple goes to New York and finds a house in an Indian neighbourhood. But soon Avantika realizes her own husband is a major part of the terrorist sleeper cell operating there and is the reason for aeroplane blast that kills 100s of people. She also comes to know that the terror outfit’s next plane is something as big as 9/11. How she unearths the plot with a journalist Riyaaz ‘s (Vivek) aid and what it all leads forms the rest of the plot
Here’s what some of the prominent online sites have say about the movie
Kurbaan, produced by Karan Johar and directed by Rensil D’Silva, constructs this unimaginably tortured situation and then squanders it. 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.
Rating – 2.5/5
Kurbaan deals with a very loaded subject — terror, Islam, America and the rest of the world. Something that a bunch of filmmakers have attempted in recent times, and there’s more to come. But this one is executed like a classy Hollywood thriller, with some great moments of suspense, high drama, blood, gore and skin. And not to mention a delicious background score (Salim-Saulaiman) — the icing on the cake.
Rating – 3.5/5
KURBAAN has two stories running concurrently – the love story between Saif and Kareena and the story of Islamic terrorists. Rensil sets the stage in the initial 15 minutes itself, after which there’s a twist in the tale every 15-20 minutes, which catches you completely unaware. Rensil doesn’t borrow from the past, which makes the proceedings thoroughly captivating.
On the whole, KURBAAN is the most powerful film to come out of the Hindi film industry in 2009, so far. The film has a captivating plot, gripping screenplay, super performances and a climax that shakes you up completely. Watching this movie should be on top of your agenda this week.
Rating – 4/5