Mumbai - Sanjay Gupta is better known for his 'western' treatment of desi thriller themes in films.
Gupta, who has failed to make a mark in Bollywood with a big hit thus far, appears to have overcome this lacuna with 'Kaabil', particularly with regard to the screenplay. Producer Rakesh Roshan has used his tried and tested formula of revenge and his team of director-writer-technicians has managed to effectively translate the formula into a winning one.
'Kaabil' takes several cues from the 1980s flicks 'Aakhri Raasta' as well as 'Khoon Bhari Maang', but manages to hook the viewer for two and half hours.
The plot is pretty simple. Rohan (Hrithik) and Supriya (Yami Gautam) fall in love, get married and their tender love story forms an engaging first part of the film. Then enter Amit (Rohit Roy) and Madhav (Ronit Roy) who terrorise the couple, rape Supriya and leave them foundering for justice. Supriya's suicide and Rohan's futile attempt to get the law to grant justice, spurs the subsequent revenge drama.
Vijaykumar Mishra and Sanjay Gupta have elevated the ordinary revenge plot to a higher level with an arresting screenplay, that has been matched by Sanjay Masoom's crisp dialogues.
Hrithik's turn as a blind man exacting revenge through devious means is engaging, with much of the credit going to stunt director Shyam Kaushal. The technical team of 'Kaabil' can take a bow - the cinematography is a class apart. The sibling duo of Rohit and Ronit Roy add that dash of zest to the plot while Yami Gautam shines in the limited scope her role offers her.
A must watch for thriller fans.