Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sajjad Delfrooze
Director: Ali Abbas Zaffar
Story & screenplay: Ali Abbas Zaffar, Neelesh Misra
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Production company: Yash Raj Films
Music director: Vishal-Shekhar
Background music: Julius Packiam
Cinematographer: Marcin Laskawiec
Release date: 22-12-2017
Censor certificate: UA
Run time: 2hrs, 41mins
Genre: Action, Thriller
RAW agent Salman Khan and ISI agent Katrina Kaif teams up yet again for a serious mission which involves their country’s common enemy.
Ali Abbas Zaffar has taken up a solid real life incident and has scripted it efficiently to fit in commercial space. His screenplay in the final hour is terrific as the main mission is showcased in an intense manner. His direction is smart as every scene gets a neat substance by his work. Salman Khan is mighty like a beast, his screen presence is truly in a superior range. Katrina Kaif’s energy elevates few moments to the next level, she also gets a good scope to do action in the later half. Sajad Delfrooze as a terrorist is haunting and spices up the show with his silence. Casting is apt, as even new faces sits in their roles in perfectly. Vishal-Shekhar’s songs are good, especially the one at the end is swag. Julius Packiam’s background music are topical as they go well with the situations. Sound effects mixed to the gun shots and booms are extra-ordinary, and gives a real experience. It is happy to see that the film tries to unite India and Pakistan with a proper plot. There are some touching moments connected to nurses and mass blocks for the hero. Marcin Laskawiec’s cinematography is superb and he has given a whole new flavor to the visuals. Edit cuts are awesome in the second half. The last one hour is so gripping packed with back to back tight sequences. Chemistry between the lead pair is lovely. Pre-interval twist involves so much importance which leads way to the latter.
After a well crafted opening scene, film lags in too many places until the break point. There are separate introduction scenes for both Salman and Katrina which are filled with a lengthy purposeful action block. Sluggish pace in the first half leaves a mixed feeling. There are some usual emotions carried out just to give an impact to the audience, but they fails to do so. Art work is fake at times, as few accessories are places as per director’s wish just to move the scene in their order. The realistic treatment given is appreciable, but stunts make the whole point to fall down as few Fight and chase scenes are artificial and over-heroic. Duet song in the beginning is unwanted and disturbs the flow. Rameshwar.S.Bhagat’s editing is okay but he could’ve chopped certain moments in the first half to race it up. VFX is not up to the budget’s standard.
An action entertainer which has a quality content and high voltage final hour, but lacks pace till break point.
Movie Rating – 2.75/ 5.
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