Ittefaq movie review: Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha’s respectable crime thriller BY SAEED NASIR


Ittefaq continues you on tenterhooks as its pace ensures that you do not get to think twice in what just occurred. While Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra play the suspects, Akshaye Khanna is the wary investigator. Here’s our movie review.

In Ittefaq, it is Akshaye Khanna who binds the film together with his performance. Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra legend as two suspects with two different variants of the night time. Our movie review.
Solid: Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna
Director: Abhay Chopra
Rating: 3/5

Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) is a London-based unknown writer. His previous book hasn’t done well, and he’s under pressure to deliver a bestseller. He is in India to kick off his next, but circumstances take a strange convert when his wife’s body is found out in a Mumbai hotel.

It’s natural for the police, led by Dev Verma (Akshaye Khanna), to arrest Vikram after he flees the arena of the crime. However the man actually is a slippery customer — he provides them the slide and scoots, again!

Vikram is nabbed a second time at the house of a total stranger, Maya Sinha (Sonakshi Sinha). What’s more, her husband’s body is there too.

The police now face a problem of plenty. They have two physiques, two excellent suspects and lots of supplementary suspects in what once appeared like an open-and-shut circumstance.

A remake of 1969 hit of the same name, Ittefaq uses Mumbai’s rain-prone environment as a suitable backdrop for the murder puzzle. The hazy weather and finished spaces multiply a canvas and bracket the audience’s view. It’s all very linear, so one needn’t have a previous understanding of the relationships between the major characters.

A large area of the action takes place on staircases and inside dimly lit apartments. You understand how claustrophobic city scenery can get at times. Strange things happen in the middle of congested areas, and there are no witnesses despite the sea of folks forever flooding the place. Notice how systems keep arriving in locked apartments rentals many weekly too late?

Debutante director Abhay Chopra takes on with our brain by not launching many secondary history arcs in the storyline. This system makes us target only on the murders, with blinkers on.

From wish to seduction and betrayal, Chopra uses every technique in the e book. Akshaye Khanna’s cop is under pressure to solve the truth within the stipulated period. It seems like an open-and-shut case at times, but what if the murders aren’t connected, or linked? What if all of this is actually by chance (Ittefaq)?

It isn’t ‘the butler do it’ kind of criminal offenses as the director provides ample hints of the logical realization through the 100-minute film. Anything significantly less than a sensible final result would have amounted to shortchanging the audience. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen.

However, one major problem with Ittefaq is having less power. Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra devote some time in adjusting to their area. That reminds me of Ram Gopal Varma’s great psychological theatre Kaun (1999), which worked well mostly due to its lead solid. Ittefaq must have looked far better on paper.

Though Sinha continues to have a problem with her part till the bitter end, Malhotra begins going to the right notes after a while. That helps the film a great deal.

You understand how investigative officials are being used as storytellers in such videos. Here, Khanna plays that role easily, finesse and poise. He binds the storyline together.

There are no tracks to distract you, and the camera continues hovering in the same locations. The theory is to provide us a ‘rear window’ by which you can view the action, but can’t exactly understand its true mother nature.

The plot is not absolutely water-tight (the movie could have blown you away using its twists, if that was the case), but Chopra does indeed put his resources to good use. Ittefaq attempts its best to create intrigue, and doesn’t give the audience a lot of time to think double about a solitary event. That’s its biggest accomplishment.

Ittefaq is a reliable crime tale that will keep you hooked, and guessing.

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