Movie Review |Khuda Haafiz: Vidyut Jammwal packs solid punch in this emotional pulse riser

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Khuda Haafiz movie review is here. Starring Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi in lead roles, with Annu Kapoor, Aahana Kumra and Shiv Panditt in supporting roles. The romantic action thriller is written and directed by Faruk Kabir and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak under Panorama Studios. Khuda Haafiz is scheduled to premiere on Disney Hotstar from 14 August 2020.

Watch the Official Trailer of Khuda Haafiz here

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll

Action, emotion, location with Vidyut Jammwal on a hunt, what else would a mainstream gripping action thriller drama ask for.

The Story of Khuda Haafiz

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Set during the financial crisis of 2007–2008, happily married computer engineer Vidyut Jammwal (Sameer Choudhary) finds himself in Noman (It’s actually an island in Saudi Arabia not to be confused with the Sultanate of Oman) as his wife Nargis Choudhary (Shivaleeka Oberoi) goes missing. Nargis has gone there on the pretext of getting a job.

Vidyut Jammwal in Khuda Haafiz streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Vidyut Jammwal in Khuda Haafiz streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar

Khuda Haafiz movie review

Writer director Faruk Kabir (The Awakening – short, Allah Ke Banday previous) gives a ‘safe’ romantic action thriller where Vidyut Jammwal is the Indian Bourne searching for his missing wife in the picturesque oil rich middle east.

Faruk Kabir wisely maintains the balance between action and emotion. With Vidyut Jammwal as the lead, expectation of an out and out action thriller is natural. Faruk Kabir in Khuda Haafiz ensures that the swashbuckling bone cracking kick ass action quality of Vidyut Jammwal is laced with emotion and succeeds to a lot of extent.

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Apart from action and emotion, Faruk Kabir adds all the tried, tested and trusted elements of a mainstream action adventure, so you have cops – Shiv Panditt as Faiz Abu Malik, Aahana Kumra as Tamena Hamid and even bhaichara (brotherhood) in the character of Pakistani taxi driver Usman Ali Murad (Annu Kapoor).

The action takes time but it’s worth the wait. The first is killingly brutal and Vidyut Jammwal is all fire showing no mercy to the bad guys and it’s filled with pain. It’s rare to find a pulse rising action sequence which is emotionally charged and for that particular action piece itself Khuda Haafiz is worth a ticket (oops click or say log in to Disney Hotstar).

Performance

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Designed to be a Vidyut Jammwal show all the way and the action king delivers what is required with heart, kicks and fists. Terrific.

Shivaleeka Oberoi delivers a pious performance. Annu Kapoor as Usman Ali Murad is fantastically natural with that accent. Shiv Panditt as Faiz Abu Malik is fabulous. Aahana Kumra as Tamena Hamid fits in the skin with remarkable ease. Vipin Sharma as the cunning agent is fantastic. Nawab Shah makes a good impact.

Technicalities

The production values are rich. Cinematography by Jitan Harmeet Singh is marvellous. Sandeep Francis editing is as desired. This review will be incomplete without the mention of action masters Ivanov Victor and Andreas Angyen, the action is breath-taking.

Final words

Clocking in at slightly more than 2 hours, Khuda Haafiz doesn’t bother to take a soul-searching dip. Though it is fictionally set during the 1980 recession and many of the audience may get an identification due to the prevailing economic crises due to the covid-19 corona lockdown. Khuda Haafiz is a mainstream romantic action thriller that satisfyingly delivers on the kicks, fists and heartbeats. Catch it.

pic/poster courtesy: Disney Hotstar

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