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Movie Review: ITTEFAQ-Watch it for Akshay Khanna!

Rating: 2.5/5.0

A whodunit story with a suspense which unfolds in an expected fashion reminding you of CID, which used to air on Sony TV at the prime time slot. Wait but some CID episodes were damn interesting and the edge of the seat stuff and this one is one of those.

Director Abhay Chopra, on debut, needs to be complemented to have carried a double murder mystery with ease and projecting it with a lot of wit humour, he definitely plays with your inquisitive mind and tests your funny bones time and again.

All this wouldn’t have been possible without Akshay Khanna, he once again proves that he, is an awesome actor, just like his father and is carrying the legacy forward from where his father left off.

The movie is well placed in the first half but loses its course in the second, the execution loses pace and script loses its grip. It could have been made more edge of the seat stuff, more mature movie like, could have introduced a court scene or got more twists and angles in place to confuse the audience.

But it’s not that nothing works. The length of the movie is perfect, stands at 107 mins without a single song. The humour injection into investigating scenes and those punches delivered with the right timing by Akshay Khanna are a treat to watch. The plot is good, two versions of the story and you need to guess the right one and whether there is a third angle to it. Well that’s for you to watch it and unravel the suspense, apply some logic and keep your brains busy throughout.

Siddharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha are ok with their performances. You don’t feel the need to sympathise nor empathise with their characters, Sonakshi didn’t have much scope but I think Siddharth Malhotra had a lot screen presence  to act more victimized.

It’s Akshay who does the heavy lifting. There is a sense of honesty, strictness and stubbornness that reflects whenever he appears on the screen. He delivers his hard hitting dialogues as well as the comic punches with the same gruesome and serious intensity. He is the heart and soul of the movie and the movie rests on him.

All in all, movie is not bad, can be waited and watched whenever it appears on amazon prime/Netflix or any TV Channel.

Review by: KD

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