The film is based on the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and presents a story on how justice could have been brought to Indians.Read on!
After Bajrangi Bhaijaan with Salman Khan, a lot was expected from filmmaker Kabir Khan with his recent release, Phantom. Starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, this venture sheds light on the 26/11 attacks that took place in Mumbai in the year 2008 and speaks of a story, 'you wish were true.' It presents a take on how justice could have been brought to Indians post these horrific attacks. 7 years later, the culprits still haven't been caught, let alone convicted, which is precisely Phantom's point. If I had to sum up this venture in one word, I would call it powerful. Here's my review of the film:
What's it about:
The film starts with a narration and presentation of footage, pictures and other clippings from the 26/11 attacks in 2008. The very crux of the film is made clear with this crisp, to-the-point beginning. Soon we are taken into 2015, where certain authorities decide to seek justice for the 2008 disaster, and hire a 'paagal aadmi' for their mission. Enter, Saif Ali Khan. Meet Daniyal Khan, a former Army officer who was kicked out from the force due to a tragic incident. Why is up for you to find out! Daniyal has been hired by RAW for a mission to kill the Pakistani terrorists who were involved in the horrific 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. He is made to meet Katrina Kaif aka Nawaz Mistry, a former RAW agent who now works as a security counselor and supplies arms to refugee camps. She helps Saif on his mission. Daniyal wishes to meet the LET leader and its members by hook or by crook. He travels first to Syria and then later makes his way to Pakistan, in order to get closer to his goal. There follows a shocking turn of events, gripping action scenes and more.
Firstly, I would like to give a shoutout to Kabir Khan for coming up with a brilliant concept as such. We all have discussed about what happened and the way it did. People have craved for justice and carried out marches,asking for the same. But a visionary like Kabir has managed to truly paint an ideal picture and captured the feelings of most Indians in relation to the 26/11 incident. The storyline is unique and its pace is fast, which is a strong point about the film. Not once did I witness a dull moment and was on the edge of my seat throughout. Saif Ali Khan is convincing in his role as a vengeful ex army officer. The actor plays the role perfectly with the appropriate amount of zeal, wrath and passion. I however cannot say the same for Katrina Kaif's performance. She looked gorgeous no doubt but failed to live up to her character, in my opinion. The actress brought nothing new to the table and lacked intensity. The action scenes in the film are well executed and thrilling. What brings them alive on-screen is the fantastic background score which works well with the violence shown.There are twists to the plot which keep it intriguing. The most engaging factor about the venture were the techniques used by Daniyal to kill the terrorists. Each one of them is different and well presented. I could tell Kabir has done some major research for the film and the same has worked in his favour. Phantom will truly win a million hearts, especially of those who were either victims of the 26/11 attacks or lost their loved ones. Kabir came to the point and had the guts to make a risky film as such, which I feel is praise worthy.
The ending scenes tend to get slightly dramatic and a bit stretched. Had they been shorter, the impact could have been greater. I would say this is the only minus point.
What to do
Do not miss this film. It will win you over, thanks to Kabir Khan's vision and implementation of the same. I stand convinced that this truly is a story I wish were true. Kabir has simply highlighted what most of us feel and would want in reality. A brilliant plot, teamed with thrilling action, Phantom is a must watch.
3.5 out of 5
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