Back
Home » Filmi Bollywood
  •  
    Filmi Bollywood
    • Ranu Mondal Trolled For Getting A Makeover: Twitter Is Divided!
    • Hrithik Roshan's Dancing Video As A Kid Goes Viral; Netizens Can't Get Enough Of His Awesome Moves!
    • Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Iulia Vantur & Others Attend Aayush-Arpita's Wedding Anniversary Bash
    • Kriti Kharbanda Finally Admits Dating Pulkit Samrat; Says 'I Am In A Very Happy Place'
    • Salman Khan Has Some Important Advice To Share With Fitness Enthusiasts
    • Manushi Chhillar Opens Up About Her Debut Film Prithviraj Opposite Akshay Kumar
    • Rishi Kapoor Wants The Government To Give The Artistes' Community Its Due
    • Rakul Preet Singh Joins The Cast Of John Abraham And Jacqueline Fernandez Starrer Attack
    • Interesting Story: How Did Akshay Kumar Come On Board For Karan Johar's Good Newwz?
    • Aamir Khan Was Very 'Sorry' And 'Upset' When Thugs Of Hindostan Flopped At The Box Office!
    • Good Newwz Trailer Kickstarts Meme Fest And We Can't Stop Laughing!
    • Good Newwz Trailer: Akshay, Kareena, Diljit & Kiara's Goof-up Will Make You Laugh A Lot!
    • Motichoor Chaknachoor Full Movie Leaked Online On Tamilrockers!
    • Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra's Father Passes Away
    • Watch Now: Shah Rukh Khan's Daughter Suhana's First Short Film Is Out & Fans Are Shook!
    • Salman Khan's Hearfelt Post For His Bodyguard Shera: '25 Years & Still Being Strong'
    • Laal Singh Chaddha New Poster: Aamir Khan Leaves A Long-lasting Impression
    • Aaradhya Bachchan's Birthday Bash: Fun-filled Celebrations With Unicorn Cake & Ferris Wheel Rides!
    • RajKummar Rao To Star In The Remake Of The Classic Comedy Chupke Chupke
    • Nandita Das Opens Up About Her Views On The Massive Success Of The Movie Kabir Singh
Laal Kaptaan Movie Review: Revenge Is Served Dull In This Saif Ali Khan Starrer!
Oneindia | 18th Oct, 2019 03:41 PM

On a rainy day, as a young boy is mercilessly being hung on a tree which already has many dead bodies on it, a voiceover booms, "Aadmi ke paida hote hi, Kaal apne bhiase pe baith ke chal padta hai. Usse vapas lewane, Aadmi ki zindagi utti, jitna samay uss bhaise ko laga us tak pahuchne mein."

Right from the first frame itself, Saif Ali Khan's 'Laal Kaptaan' warns us of the death that's lurking around in the film. However, when it finally claims its victim after a long pursuit, it simply doesn't shake you up anymore. Why? Because of its painfully slow narrative, which goes the zig-zag way.

Set in the late 1700s, a Naga Sadhu who is addressed as Gossain (Saif Ali Khan) surfaces after the Battle of Buxar. He is in hot pursuit of Rehmat Khan (Manav Vij), a Pathan warlord with whom he has some old scores to settle. Meanwhile, the latter has betrayed the Marathas and fled with their gold. Accompanying Khan is his Begum (Simone Singh) and a widowed concubine (Zoya Hussain) who has her own reasons to be with them.

As Gossain sets out on a chase sometimes on the horse; sometimes on foot through the land of Bundelkhand, some scenes hold your attention; some scenes don't. The wobbly writing is to be majorly blamed here. Navdeep Singh who previously helmed Anushka Sharma's 'NH10', is back with yet another revenge saga. Unfortunately, the wafer-thin plot spoils the game for us, this time.

The western influence is quite evident in Singh's story-telling and landscape. He throws a bunch of eccentric characters in Gossain's world to add layers to his revenge. As each is peeled off slowly, the journey turns out to be laborious for the audience as well. Finally, when the suspense is revealed in the end, it simply fails to create a jolting impact.

With his ash-smeared face, kohled-eyes and long locks, Saif Ali Khan aces it when it comes to his body language as a Naga Sadhu. Sadly, the man hardly gets any moment to shine because of the half-baked script.

Bringing in some comic relief in 'Laal Kaptaan' is Deepak Dobriyal. He plays a man who can sniff and track people with the help of his two dogs. At one point, you might wonder if he's the extension of the audience who too is busy trying to sniff some meat in the plot.

Manav Vij impresses in parts and pieces. The ladies in the film - Zoya Hussain and Simone Singh are feisty. Unfortunately, their voice is simply reduced to bare whispers in the male-dominated world of 'Laal Kaptaan'.

One of the reasons why 'Laal Kaptaan' still manages to grasp your attention despite the flaws, is Shanker Ramen's effective lens-magic, which beautifully captures the landscape of the story. The film could have been snipped shorter by several minutes to make it more compact. Benedict Taylor's background music goes well with the theme of the film.

At one point in the film, Saif's Gossain tells one of the characters in the film, "Ek bhale aadami ne mujhse kaha tha, ki maut ki taiyari paida hote hi shuru ho jaati hai." One wished the makers had paid heed to these words to avoid a similar fate for the film. I am going with 2 stars.

   
 
Health and Life
  • 6 Surprising Health Benefits Of Black Sapote
  • Erythritol: Health Benefits And Side Effects
  • Dysphagia (Swallowing Difficulty): Types, Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, Diagnosis And Treatment
    • Is Dosa Good For A Weight-loss Diet?
    • 10 Best Quadriceps Exercises To Strengthen Your Thighs
    • 6 Impressive Health Benefits Of Buckwheat Tea
      • Heat Exhaustion: Types, Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatment And Prevention
      • Diabetes Insipidus In Children: Causes, Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment
      • World Diabetes Day 2019: Best And Worst Drinks For Diabetes
        • Diabetes-friendly Indian Diet: A 7-day Vegetarian And Non-vegetarian Meal Plan
        • Diabetes Insipidus: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment And Prevention
        • World Diabetes Day 2019: Expert Tips To Eat Right And Manage Diabetes
          • Juvenile Diabetes: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors And How To Manage
          • Kava: Health Benefits, Side Effects And How To Use
          • Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Causes, Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment And How To Prevent Them
            • Syphilis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
            • 11 Proven Health Benefits Of Honeybush Tea
            • 10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Nectarines