Too many expectations and hype were attached with this week’s release Phantom directed by Kabir ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ Khan starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif however, the movie falls flat on its face.
Kabir Khan is synonymous with movies that have a background of terrorism whether it is Kabul Express, New York and Ek Tha Tiger the only exception being Bajrangi Bhaijaan which was an emotional story about a good Samaritan trying to help a mute girl accidentally left behind in India get back home – Pakistan.
Phantom tells the story of a shamed Army office Daniyal (Saif) living a life of anonymity and who is yearning to get his stripes back. parallelly a covert intelligence group is seething at the Center as they feel that a suitable revenge was not meted out for the 26/11 carnage. Therefore this group takes it on themselves to punish those terrorists who were responsible for the carnage as they feel that getting permissions from official quarters will never come.
It so happens Daniyal is recruited for this mission and he is sent along with Nawaz (Kaif) across continents to find the four main kingpins who masterminded 26/11.
The movie is adapted from Hussain Zaidi‘s book Mumbai Avengers however it has been co-written by Kabir Khan and by Parvez Shaikh of Queen fame for the screen. The performances are average whether it is Saif or Kaif, even a matured actor like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub loses the plot and hams throughout the movie mouthing some of the most silliest dialogues.
Coming to the other departments of the movie I must applaud cinematographer Aseem Mishra for capturing every frame brilliantly. The background music by Julius Packiam is superb. Apart from Afghan Jalebi there is no other song composed by Music Director Pritam that is worth humming. Editing could have been crisper. Direction is okay compared to Kabir Khan’s previous movies.
On the whole this movie might not appeal to everyone and might not be a huge earner like Kabir Khan’s previous movies.
My Verdict: **