THT talkies: Imran proves his versatility


Genre: Suspense thriller

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Minissha Lamba, Vidya Malvade, Rahul Dev and Reema Lagoo

Being screened at theatres near you


Probably one of the most awaited movies, Kidnap sure was riding high on expectations. Director Sanjay Gadhvi is back with what he is best at — making action movies with loads of thrill, chase and style. The cherry on top is the new kid in Bollywood Imran Khan. The movie excites you, the story generates interest, and action scenes by Allan Amin keeps your pulse racing. You are on the edge of your seat, but only till the first half.

The story revolves around Kabir (Imran Khan) who kidnaps the hot Sonia (Minissha Lamba) to take revenge on her multi-millionaire father Vikrant Raina (Sanjay Dutt), who has not met her for the last eight years after divorcing wife Malaika (Vidya Malvade). Raina has no clue why this man has kidnapped his daughter and instead of asking for an astronomical ransom, Kabir is interested in playing games which requires Raina to do crimes. After lots of chasing clues and useless popping songs, Vikrant comes to know the reason behind his daughter’s kinapping.

Though the plot is good, the writer fails in creating incidents that are more convincible. They fail to keep the audience intrigued till the climax.

Gadhvi has proved he can make action thrillers worth watching with sleek camera work and innovative ideas, but Kidnap is not a total action flick; it has emotional elements and Gadhvi pro-ves he has no experience in this sector. The father-dau-ghter relationship could have been projected in a more beautifully, and even the husband-wife conflict and reunion is very cold.

The editing is smooth but it seems even the editor took a back seat during the second half as it lacks the impact of the first.

Imran is here to stay and he proves that with the totally different character he portrays in the movie. Kidnap totally belongs to him. He is not the sweet, funny and romantic guy of his first movie. For Kidnap, he has worked on his physique, body language, looks, almost everything, making the character convincible for the audience who are yet not out of the JTYJN phase. He looks hot, acts equally well and is able to demand attention even in scenes with the experienced Dutt. Dutt has proved he can play any character with panache — he has the looks, voice, style and attitude to make Raina the shrewd businessman and helpless father all at the same time.

Gadhvi is good at one more thing and again he has proved he can make his leading ladies look smoking hot. Minissha, breaking away from her sweet image, has been transformed into a sexy diva and mostly appears in bikinis, but she can emote. One can’t help wondering why Malvade chose Minissha’s mummy’s role; not very convincing, but has done an okay job.

Rahul Dev and Reema Lagoo in the supporting cast are a total waste and the less said about the music will be more.

All in all perfect for ‘one watch’ with friends and family during the festive season.