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Very weak fare and a major disappointment, though with some good performances.
Kurbaan is a major disappointment for me. I expected much more from Karan Johar and was ready to see a powerful and moving picture. But it neither moved nor entertained me as I thought it would. Though the first half is fairly interesting, the entire suspense thing was a complete letdown. Once the so-called "secret" was unveiled, the movie became very predictable, and not even once was I particularly thrilled or shocked or surprised. The script is the film's weakest link. The film fails to convince the viewer. The romance between Saif and Kareena was not believable, the proceedings seemed unjustified by any means, the background of the characters was vague and the reasoning behind their actions was overlooked. At some point the film became overly messy and that too while being slow and boring. The film's subject was hardly evident in it and was seemingly used as a pretext. I did not see the point of the story and what exactly it tried to convey. Did you?
Kurbaan's saving grace may lie in some of the performances. Some. Saif Ali Khan did not impress me here, he was sort of ordinary. Kareena Kapoor was pretty good in her role. She was likable and looked stunning throughout the movie. One performance that completely amazed me though was that of Kirron Kher. She was absolutely outstanding, and her dialogue delivery was natural and powerful. Vivek Oberoi was strictly okay though one must note that his role is underwritten. The film's soundtrack was very good. "Shukran Allah" is a nice song, "Kurbaan Hua" is also very good. The film's last scene was somewhat effective with good acting by Kareena, but a few pluses cannot save this movie, and the final verdict is average. Kurbaan may be a decent one-time watch but overall it is a great disappointment. It is best described as a wannabe thriller which lacks the power to captivate and enthrall. Watch it if you must.
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