Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi
Directed by Rensil D’Silva
Sometimes you can tell right at the start whether a film is going to work for you. The tepid romance between Saif and Kareena sets an indifferent tone for Kurbaan. It is indeed difficult to accept the duo as professors, with Saif lecturing on Islam. A lot more goes wrong. There are way too many holes in the plot and characters. The narrative is slack and acting automated and deadpan (Vivek Oberoi rolls his “Rs” at times to make his English sound American and then conveniently forgets the accent in the next sentence). Moreover, there’s an overwhelming sense of deja vu, the film feeling like a curious mix of Fanaa and New York.
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