Director: Abhay Chopra
Producer: Dharma Productions/Red Chillies Entertainment/ BR Studios
Rating 3.5/5 Stars
In this day and age where filmmakers feel that promotions are necessary and end up making promises of a thrilling plotline (and disappoint us later), Ittefaq, after keeping us on the edge curiously with their no-promotion strategy, has also quite surprisingly delivered on a promise that the makers never really made verbally.
As all of you know through the trailer, certain near and dear ones of the lead cast have died under mysterious circumstances. Of course, we have seen both of them (Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha) spending time in an interrogation room with a tough and a no-nonsense cop (Akshaye Khanna). Both have different stories to tell. One seems brutally honest, other relies on wit and charm to have their way out of it. You want to believe both of them and you might know where the film is heading, but wait till the very end to be proven completely wrong.
Sidharth Malhotra believes in speaking with eyes than the face, and that mantra seems to be working for him perfectly. The man undoubtedly gets to showcase his acting prowess in clear light. You can see the earnestness in his confessions and you want to believe him, but the director Abhay Chopra gives you a counterpoint to it as well, which takes you right from believing Sid to suspecting him in an instant.
Sonakshi, on the other hand, has delivered a stellar performance and we feel that she has stayed true to the director’s vision. I had my reservations after her last film, but I was more than delighted to be proven wrong.
Akshaye Khanna is, of course, just like how we wanted him to be. His on-point cop antics and the sprinkling of humour makes him a perfect choice for part.
So, you want your skills of predicting to be challenged? Go check out Ittefaq this weekend, since director Abhay Chopra has delivered a graceful remake which will be surely counted as one of the best Indian thriller films Bollywood has ever delivered.