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It's amazing how in a span of merely 2 months, a director of Kabir Khan's caliber has shown the power of love and revenge. After Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Phantom comes as power packed punch for those filled with rage and justification for all nationalistic acts to justice. Based on Hussain Zaidi's novel Mumbai Avengers, Phantom is fictitious idea created to avenge the terror attacks of 26/11, in all cold blood.
Court martialed ex-army officer, Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) has been propositioned to kill those directly involved in planning and executing the fateful incident of 26/11 in Mumbai. Daniyal who has been tainted for the wrong reasons wants to get back his respect and takes up the mission planned by the RAW chief and the new consultant recruit, Samit (Mohammad Zeeshan). Daniyal gets Nawaz Mistry's (Katrina Kaif) help as he travels across London, Chicago, Syria, Jordan and Pakistan on his mission to kill the culprit masterminds behind the attacks of 26/11. (There has been little possible alteration in their names)
What are unmissable are the uncanny resemblances with Kabir Khan and Katrina Kaif's previous project, Ek Tha Tiger. To say so, Phantom seems to be following the template of the same.
There are many loopholes that pop out with the flaws in writing. However, the philosophy of cold-blooded murder and revenge in this fashion is quite juvenile and questionable. Going by Gandhiji's words, "An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind", the concept of this film is specifically to cater to those who enjoy such extreme nationalistic actions. Beyond all, such ideas are better with the pinch of fantasy and need not be taken seriously.
Kabir Khan is a master at this game of showcasing issues of terrorism. He does so yet again, in a fashion that was majorly distinct compared to his last release Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He well knows how to balance between human emotions and focus on the issue despite of the visible relationships. The cinematography, pace and action sequences along with the treatment of the film give it a classic international edge. Unfortunately, the editing is sloppy and songs make way out of nowhere in many instances.
Saif Ali Khan who has often ventured out in this space with Kurbaan, Agent Vinod has nothing new to offer. So is the case with Katrina Kaif, who seems to be in the continuity of her 'Ek Tha Tiger' role. Thus, adding lackluster and rage of a patriotic espionage film, to what could have been. Mohammad Zeeshan who plays RAW consultant Samit carries most of the energy and determination of the film. In the little role that he has, he is indeed brilliant!
Phantom as a film is a good watch, as a philosophy not really. But it has it's moments, not one but many, beautifully so. The film triggers the humiliation, grief and anger that clouded Indians after the terror attacks. There as scenes and there are some cheeky dialogues that stay with you like 'Hindustaan insaaf chahta hai'. In fact, the film scores the highest on its psychological play around the issue bringing out applauses on various occasions. It triggers that patriotic feeling and that mutual hatred against the ones who wronged us that unites us.
For the least I can say, you will not regret watching Phantom!