Film Report: Ittefaq
My weekend was supposedly dedicated to Thor: Ragnarok but somehow I ended up watching Ittefaq, which by the way wasn’t a bad alternative, not as good, but a good alternative. I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Not once did I end up looking at my phone or complaining how slow the story is, my eyes and my dad’s eyes were glued to the screen, which is a good sign on its own.
After a long period of time we saw a good Bollywood film in the theatre and by good, I mean really good.
Now, obviously I have read other reviews and heard other people’s views on the same, the didn’t find it as ‘thrilling’ or the ‘twists’ weren’t that great, let me come out and say, yes the film was fairly clean in terms of its mystery but that is what I really liked about the film.
Let us first dive into what Ittefaq is about?
With cops on his tail for being charged with his wife’s murder, Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) runs into Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) and manages to get refuge in her house on a rainy Mumbai night. Maya soon learns that Vikram could be a convict on the run so she alerts the cops, who nab Vikram and discover the dead body of her husband Shekhar in the house. Maya accuses Vikram of double murder but Vikram pleads innocence. The case is assigned to officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna), who must decode the mystery in three days. This film is a remake of the film Ittefaq, released in 1969 starring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda, I didn’t know about that and I am keen to watch it as well.
Watch the trailer here.
Pointers because it makes my life so much easier.
This film will keep you on the edge of your seat.
With the short run-time, you get the most of the film and the story, the suspense is kept throughout the film and it keeps you guessing until the very end. For people like me who guess the worst case scenarios, I went into a completely different dimension of split personalities and what not and thank god that didn’t happen because I liked the clarity, the linear storytelling, and the characters. It works for this film. With rare mystery films that we have in Bollywood this one by far is one of the good ones.
The linear storytelling format.
I am one of those people who prefer a non-linear format of storytelling because it keeps the story quite intriguing when it comes to thrill and mystery. You know getting to know only some parts, some things at a time for you to also workonn the case with the characters itself. This somehow follows the linear storytelling format but is a bit tedious as it simultaneously presents two parallel accounts of Maya and Vikram as they reveal their respective versions of the story to Dev.
After intermission we further see the story getting complicated as the two suspects tell their tale in instalments, they provide with pieces of what was happening in their life and not just what happened that night.
The subtle jokes.
The film is not all serious and has light hearted moments which will crack you but the mystery is the highlight of the film through out.
When Akshaye is on the screen, Ittefaq looks like a film with great potential. I personally would never go watch a film with just Akshaye Khanna alone in the film but this film has made me question my choices. He is exceptionally good in terms of acting and looks quite appealing at times.
Every time the actor opens his mouth, or pauses mid-sentence to catch his thoughts, or merely throws a glance at the two accused during the interrogations, he fills the film with possibilities. Which in itself is a compliment, a character himself making you think twice about the story, a character you are relying on for support.
Both the framing and lighting used by Director of Photography (DOP) Michal Sebastian Luka lends the film tangible textures, it gives it the feel and look which for me has been lacking in a lot of films from Bollywood.
There are subtle differences in visualisation setting apart the spaces and scenes in which the story unfolds, which makes the story visually very appealing and helps us visually to understand and take away a lot more from the film. From the well-appointed interiors of the Sonakshi’s apartment to the spare ambience of the dimly lit or mostly bad tube light lock-up to the mundane exterior of the Colaba police station.
The alternative framing of characters also put in the light and affect.
Again love the colour palette guys!
In all a film I thought I would miss because of it’s very low promotion strategy which for me now turns out to be the strongest points of all.
I have mentioned this fact over a thousand times already now but would not shy away from saying it again, the fact that the film went on with a very clean and not bombarding us with twists and unnecessary turns is what makes it a clear hit in my head.
It’s a film one shouldn’t miss on.
Rating – 4/5 stars!
What do you think about this film?