Saturday, 29 August 2015

Phantom - Movie Review

A still from the movie.
With BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN proving to be one of all time blockbusters, it becomes absolutely needless to say that all eyes are on director Kabir Khan and his latest film PHANTOM, with expectations flying sky-high. Kabir Khan, who is not a newcomer to this political genre (KABUL EXPRESS, NEW YORK, EK THA TIGER) has attempted to keep the flag flying high with PHANTOM. In this film, besides being the film's director and script writer (alongwith Kausar Munir), Kabir also doubles up as screenplay writer (alongwith Parveez Shaikh). Even though the film is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, the film does not have any 'typical' Bollywood masala. PHANTOM is not an anti-Pakistan film, but, it is anti terrorism. One cannot but deny the fact that PHANTOM does have a few traces of EK THA TIGER, but it flies high on its own merit. While Kabir Khan becomes extremely successful in establishing the film's story in the interesting and suspense filled first half, the second half seems slightly stretched. Though the film doesn't have the typical Bollywood song-dance routine or humour, it runs high on patriotism. It plays on the anger and condemnation that every Indian has over the attacks of 26/11 on Mumbai. The film offers a hypothetical solution to the terror menace and about bringing these terrorists responsible for Mumbai attacks to justice. The film, whose strength is its gripping pace, ends high on emotions and patriotism. PHANTOM, without a doubt, a very well made film by Kabir Khan. The film is very real and international, both, in its look as well as content. 

The film's protagonist Saif Ali Khan is decent and is convincing in the role of Daniyal Khan. His performance in PHANTOM is bound to surpass his (similar) performance in AGENT VINOD. His performance is very focussed, clinical and precise, as the role demands. Katrina Kaif, on the other hand, offers able support to Saif Ali Khan's character in the film. This film sees her performing realistic action scenes, unlike her handful of previous 'action' films. The other actors like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Rajesh Tailang and others offer their able support to the film. 

The film does not have any mainstream songs (Pritam Chakraborty), except for the hummable 'Afghan Jalebi'. On the other hand, it is the film's background score (Julius Packiam) that helps immensely in making the film emerge a complete winner. The film's cinematography (Aseem Mishra) is outstanding. The film's editing (Aarif Sheikh) is good. The flip side of the film is that its screenplay (Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh) could have been a bit tighter. The action sequences (Peter Pedrero) in the film are very well executed. 

On the whole, PHANTOM is a good action film which runs high on patriotism and will appeal to every Indian worldover. Highly Recommended.

Rating - 3/5