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Ittefaq Movie review: Two murders, two suspects and all that is wrong in between makes for a delicious watch for sure.

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Two murders, two suspects and all that is wrong in between makes for a delicious watch for sure. My yardstick for judging a good thriller is simple – I shouldn’t know the ending till it happens. On that count, this film delivers abundantly. Abhay Chopra’s modern spin-off of Yash Chopra’s original might be unconvincing in parts and often tedious, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that there was a genuine attempt to make a good film. Heavy on plot, laced with grit and drama – we are told early on in the movie that two murders happen. The suspects are arrested and a cop is resolving the mystery. The cop (played by the dependant Akshaye Khanna) doesn’t use the film’s title for the next half hour of the film. What unfolds over the next two hours is a tale of how an open and shut case is way more complicated than it should be. 

Shot seductively, in intimate places, the look mirrors the film’s subject. Though debutant director Abhay Chopra is, after all, a novice. Unlike Yash Chopra, he focuses just on who killed and how, never bringing in subjects of loyalty and breach of trust, the props which played a significant role in the original. A major problem, which works for the Film, is the lack of clues. It gets frustrating but at least it doesn’t allow you to guess the final scene.

I wonder what better actors could’ve done to the plot. Frankly, Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha never seem intense enough for the parts. He, a Brit born Indian author, whose wife is found murdered never conveys his pathos right. But he fares considerably better than Sonakshi, who on paper probably had a meatier part than on screen.  Thankfully, Chopra wisely allows Akshaye Khanna to do most of the acting. He is top notch as the growling cop, picking clues and figuring out the mind games. His appeal is such that you join him in fishing for clues. 

At over 100 minutes, plot-wise Ittefaq has a few flaws but the screenplay wasn’t crisp enough. The songless factor works like magic in this case. Usually one deviates from the plot with lyrical ballads but Chopra keeps it neat.

Though the double murder movie is not even a patch on something like a Talvar, But that doesn’t take away the fact that it deserves a one time watch for sure. Just to know who is the killer! 

We rate the film a 60% on the Pinkvilla Movie Meter.

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