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   Movie Review : Kidnap

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 Sanjay Gadhvi
 Pritam Chkraborty
 Maya Puri
 Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Minissha Lamba, Vidya Malvade, Rahul Dev, Reema Lagoo

Kidnap Movie Review

October 2, 2008 12:52:11 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Sanjay Gadhvi's KIDNAP is all about a game played by the kidnapper, Kabir (Imran Khan), and Vikrant Raina (Sanjay Dutt). The poor viewer is caught in this senseless sequence of events that oscillates from silly to preposterous as the demands of Kabir borders on insanity to say the least.

There are some sequences, which are not expected from the director of the DHOOM series. Picture this: Vikrant is asked by this young kidnapper to enter a jail to release a prisoner. The prisoner is a puny little guy and the entire operation is a joke on the security system of the jails. Needless to say, Vikrant manages to whisk away the prisoner. Another sequence is when Kabir asks Vikrant that his last job is to shoot someone in a crowded pub. He keeps a gun in an ice bucket and it manages to stay there. There's also one sequence, a chase, where Vikrant is in pursuit of Kabir up and down an under construction tower. While the sequence is well shot, how can one believe that Kabir can fly like spider man? More so, even Vikrant, a tad heavy, matches the fleet footed Kabir, 'leap for leap'. There's even a bath under a waterfall, complete in white, straight from the Mandakini era.

Towards the end, after the kidnap drama is over, Kabir meets Sonia (Minissha Lamba) at a party and tells her he came here to say sorry to her, for what he did to her. What about us, dude?

It so happens that Sonia is kidnapped on Christmas morning by Kabir. When the phone rings late in the evening, Dr Mallika (Vidya Malwade) is obviously tensed. But the kidnapper tells her that he will deal only with her husband, Vikrant. Then unfolds the 'problem'. The writing is weak, there is no meat in the plot and the kidnapper is a gentle boy who it appears wants to teach Vikrant a lesson for something he did to him when he was a kid.

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What had actually happened was that Kabir, an orphan, one day rushed into the bungalow of Vikrant to steal his car to drive his injured friend to the hospital. Note: Kabir was just eight years old then. Sonia, sees the boy, jumps into the car and asks him to leave. Boy drives with the girl and in the ensuing scuffle meets with an accident. Girl is at death's door and her father tells the cop that the boy has to be branded a kidnapper and put in prison. The boy is shocked, so is the cop who tries hard to make Vikrant see reason. Any Dad in Vikrant's position would have behaved the way he did. Kabir is thrown in prison. Surprisingly, he has bears no telltale traits of what 'living with criminals' would justify. He is a cool kidnapper who you would love to take to Momma!

Imran Khan gives off yet another good performance. However, in terms of body language, he could have done better. Minissha Lamba has finally hit the viewers 'eyeballs'. When she is dressed down to the bare minimum, she heats up the screen. Sanjay Dutt's weight issues fluctuate, understandably so because of the break in shooting due to his personal problems.

Thanks to Imran's successful debut and Sanjay Dutt's presence, this film will do brisk business for the first few days. After that, the message will reach the audience... Watching Kidnap is like being held to ransom!

Rating - 1/5

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