Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval (you might even chew your nails along with the popcorn)
What’s NEW: Anti-Terrorism but not Anti-Pakistan.
Story: 26th November, 2008. A group of young and trained boys enter Mumbai and shackle the entire nation with their attacks.
It’s been 7 years but India is still waiting for the masterminds behind these attacks to get the punishment they deserve. RAW chief appoints ex- Army officer Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) and Nawaz Mistry (Katrina Kaif) to do what needs to be done to get India the justice it seeks; however making sure that these murders look like natural deaths!
Performances: Saif Ali Khan does an amazing job, yet again! He is brilliant in the action scenes and plays his part with the much-required maturity, carrying the film on his shoulders. The actor proves his versatility yet again and is the one to look out for. He looks convincing in the action scenes (credits: action director Shyam Kaushal).
Be it ‘New York’ or ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, both the movies are known for presenting Katrina’s acting skills at a different level all-together! And here’s another addition into her CV- ‘Phantom’. The actress should keep acting in Kabir Khan flicks, as the director makes sure that she gets a tailor-made role every time. Kaif does a fantastic job making sure not to get overshadowed by Saif. She will make you laugh as well as make you cry.
Another man, who has impressed the audiences a lot off late is Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. After stealing away the show in the previous week’s release ‘All Is Well’, he does a brilliant job in this one too and proves his worth in the little but crucial role that he’s got. The actor’s got a really strong screen presence and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he emerges as the next big thing in the coming times.
Sabyasachi Chakrabarty does a commendable job and plays with his expressions with ease.
Sohaila Kapur, as the Pakistani nurse, has done a wonderful job.
Direction: From ‘Kabul Express’ to ‘Phantom’, director Kabir Khan has come a long way. But one thing that hasn’t changed in all these years, despite of tasting success with every film, is his knack to make powerful and good movies that are not just high on content but are technically brilliant too. When it’s Kabir Khan, you know the movie is going to be a great one. He deserves a huge round of applause for making this movie.
Kabir keeps the audiences glued to their seats with his fast-paced style of direction, no-nonsense scenes and zero heroism of any kind. Right from the wonderful cinematography to background sound score, everything is perfect! The action scenes look raw and natural rather than choreographed.
While the first half sets the mood of the movie as a straight and serious film, Khan gives the viewers a dosage of emotion along with superb action scenes in the second half. His experience of documentaries and his knowledge regarding world politics comes to use here once again. Kudos to him!
Brownie points for making the story completely different from the S. Hussain Zaidi book ‘Mumbai Avengers’. Everything else apart from the concept- be it the characters or the way of killing the villains, has been done on different manner in the film.
Combo-on-Offer: Action + Drama
Final Verdict: We give the movie THUNDEROUS CLAPS for being a fast-paced edge-of-the-seat action thriller!