Remake of the 70s classic thriller directed by none other than Yash Chopra, Ittefaq is a thriller by the same name that stars Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. Produced by Red Chilies Entertainment, the film is set to release on November 3rd and is directed by Abhay Chopra.
Remake of the 70s classic thriller directed by none other than Yash Chopra, Ittefaq is a thriller by the same name that stars Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. Produced by Red Chilies Entertainment, the film is set to release on November 3rd and is directed by Abhay Chopra. less
“It may not keep you at the edge of your seats, it will still keep you engaged!”
A murder mystery is not regular Bollywood fare so I looked forward to seeing this with some excitement. I haven't seen the original so thankfully no comparisons for me.
The problem with writing a review for a movie like this is, one has to be extra careful about not revealing too much. So, very briefly, two people - a man and a woman are murdered and the same person, a famous writer is accused of both crimes. Is he a murderer or has he been framed? The Detective in charge has three days to find out.
This is a short movie (1 hour 47 mins) so the action moves along fairly briskly. The mood is all grey tones helped by some incessant rains. There is also lots of dim lighting to make you feel the suspense. So the mood is well set though I would have liked it to tantalise me more. There are many questions that could be asked, many dots to be joined but the intrigue doesn't really get going. A murder mystery should make you take sides strongly. You have to believe in some person's innocence and another's guilt to make you feel invested in the proceedings. These characters somehow are too bland to do that though the action does pick up towards the last half hour or so when it nears the solution.
What I really enjoyed about the movie is the humour which comes mainly from the policemen on the case. That kept the atmosphere alive (which is good considering we are dealing with dead people.)
Akshay Khanna plays the detective in charge of the case efficiently. That he looks more brilliant than he actually is in solving the case is something I was left wondering about. Sidharth Malhotra as the writer and Sonakshi Sinha as the lady whose husband is murdered are also decent. Like I said, their characters haven't been given distinct personalities so there's not much they can do. The police force stands out in this landscape. The dead bodies do a great job of staying still.
Should you see Ittefaq? Well, you can. For the novelty of the theme. It definitely could have been edgier and the Inspector could have been smarter but it's short and can keep you engaged without you shaking your head in frustration. So, go if you ittefaq se happen to be near a theatre and ittefaq se have some two hours to spare and ittefaq se also have a craving for popcorn.