Monday, October 6, 2008

Kidnap: The Mind of Revenge

KIDNAP (2008)

Produced By: Indian Films under the banner of Sree Ashtavinayak Cinevision
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi (of the Dhoom fame)
Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Minissha Lamba, Vidya Malvade and others
Rating: *** (3 of 5)

He has a grudge against her father, so he kidnaps his daughter and lays a complicated trap for him. Father gets his daughter back, kidnapper apologises, and the daughter still needs more clothing. Typical Bollywood masala is what awaits you in Kidnap.

Imran Khan plays Kabir, an estranged juvenile who was dumped into prison by billionaire Vikrant Raina. Once he finishes his rather-long term, he sets out to take revenge on Mr Raina through emotional blackmail. And the story drags on for a good two and a half hours with that theme.

The Censor Board must have gone wild after looking at Minissha Lamba's attire, or the lack of it. Nothing much to say about her costume, since there was hardly any of it to see! Then again, her acting was so-so, not that you'd expect anything better from her. 

Imran Khan, fresh from his Jaane Tu... success, puts in some good acting, maybe setting a trend by sporting a stubble. His angry-at-the-world-innocent-at-heart act deserves credit, as does his rugged costume. Sanjay Dutt was not used effectively, although he put in his very best. A veteran actor like him can surely do more than just run around the place and jump over skyscrapers? 

The move doesn't have too many songs, and even then, just two of them are any good viz., the opening song - Hey Ya - and the closing song  - Mit Jaaye. The others are just there for the sake of creating a classic Bollywood flick. And yes, dancing girls do appear out of nowhere! The only saving grace is that Imran and Minissha don't end up marrying each other (although it seemed very apparent that they would): that would have been the cherry on top of the Bollywood cake!

The props for the movie were very good as were the scenes. But this movie really had only two players: Imran and Sanjay Dutt. If you're a die-hard fan of any of them, then go ahead and watch the movie. If not, give it a pass.

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