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Delhi University's Professor Avantika Ahuja meets fellow professor Ehsan Khan in typical Bollywood filmy style, and both fall in love with each other. Her father, who had preferred that she marry a Hindu, reluctantly permits them to get married. They do so, and subsequently re-locate to live in the United States. They buy a house, settle in, and are welcomed by their neighbors, Hamid and Anjum. A few days later Avantika's world will be turned upside down when she finds out that their neighbors are terrorists who want to avenge the deaths of innocent Iraqi and Afghani civilians massacred by British and American forces, and that her husband is not who he claims to be.Written by
Karan Johar was originally supposed to direct this film with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Sanjay Dutt in the main leads. The film was then titled Kaal. But Karan dropped this project to work on Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001).Aditya Chopra knew about the script and decided to make "New York" years later.He did this thinking Karan was not going to make the film. Years later Rensil D'Souza decided to brush off Karan Johar's old script Kaal and make it as "Kurbaan". It was when New York in production that Karan realized Aditya Chopra had taken the story without getting his permission or consulting him. Kurbaan had already started and it was too late to stop the film. This created friction in the friendship of Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra. See more »
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Many films in Bollywood have tried to bring out the topic "Global Terrorism". This one does the same.The difference about Kurbaan is that this movie was directed masterfully.
There have been comparisons between Kurbaan and New York. Although the two deal with similar topic, both have a different form of approaching terrorism. Although there are a few similarities, it is not the same.
Avantika (Kareena Kapoor) teaches at the university and falls in love with colleague Ehsaan Khan (Saif Ali Khan). The two get married and shifts to New York City. Life starts normally for Avantika and Ehsaan.But not for soon. There Avantika becomes witness to some terrorist operations in her neighborhood headed by a Muslim fundamentalist (Om Puri). Soon she realizes that she is a pawn to a huge conspiracy. She secretly seeks help from a television reporter Riyaaz (Vivek Oberoi) who attempts to infiltrate the terrorist outfit to foil their big plan.
The movie initially portrays the love between the two leads swiftly changing its identity to a social film and it definitely engages the audience.
Saif Ali Khan has yet proved his skills as an actor. Through the character of Ehsaan Khan he passes a very strong message to all of us. This should easily be one of Saif Ali Khan's finest performance after Omkara.
Kareena Kapoor has certainly found the right track this time. After a box office flop(Kambakkht Ishq), Kareena has managed to bring out the best in her and has without a doubt delivered a fine performance and is a delight to watch on screen. She has managed to bring out the right emotion required, and has done justice to her role.
Vvek Oberoi has come back with a powerful performance. Just when we thought he is out of Bollywood he has proved us all wrong. An outstanding performance by him has brought him back into the "dream world" yet again. He was easily the surprise element of the film.
Rensil D'Silva makes a confident debut with his taut grip on the subject and confident direction. He is one director to look out for. Brilliant direction by Rensil has managed to grip the attention of the viewers.
Salim-Sulaiman's background score with Arabic overtones to it enhances each scene. The soundtrack is soulful with justifiably no lip-sync songs, which work efficiently in the background.
How can 1 ignore the magnificent cinematography by Hemant Chaturvedi. Every sequence was shot with brilliance and is just breathtaking.
The movie is strong in every department and would definitely manage to strike a cord with the movie viewers.
This movie is a must watch and should not be missed. Its not always you get to see such a powerful movie from Bollywood.
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