After the Dhoom series,
director Sanjay Gadhvi returns with crime thriller “Kidnap”. Releasing
Thursday, the film starring Imran Khan is about a young guy who masterminds a
series of events and circumstances that force a rich man to commit crimes to
save his daughter, who has been kidnapped.
The film, also starring Sanjay Dutt and
Minissha Lamba, has been rumoured to be on the lines of Hollywood film
Ransom, but the director rebuffs it.
`Kidnap` is halfway between what I believe in and what is expected of me.
But it is not a remake of the Mel Gibson-starrer `Ransom`. `Kidnap` will
establish me as a filmmaker of more gravity,” Gadhvi had told IANS.
After the hit movie Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, this is Imran`s second
film and expectations are high from the newcomer. Imran, who played a lovable
non-violent guy in his debut film, has gone for a complete role reversal. He
would be seen as a cold-blooded kidnapper in the movie.
Minissha too has gone for a glamorous makeover for the film.
The story revolves around Kabir Sharma (Imran Khan) who kidnaps Sonia (Minissha
Lamba), daughter of a rich guy called Vikrant Raina (Sanjay Dutt) to settle old
Kabir kidnaps Sonia, who was estranged from her father ever since she turned 10.
Kabir does this not for money, but to play a game. The game requires Vikrant to
be on the run and complete a series of tasks. He must follow Kabir`s orders to
save his daughter.
While kept as a hostage, Sonia falls in love with Kabir.
Though Imran has a meaty part in the film, the director says Kidnap
is Sanjay Dutt`s film.
The movie is a Sanjay Dutt vehicle, said Gadhvi.
Sanjay apparently agreed to play Minissha Lamba`s father in Kidnap
without a second thought.
I think Sanjay wanted to do a father-daughter film for a long time. In the
film, he doesn`t get to see his daughter for eight years. Somewhere he connected
with that situation on a personal level.
The director also feels Imran is a bonus for his film and that it took him only
three seconds to decide on the actor as soon as he saw him for the first time.
Gadhvi`s Kidnap will clash with Abhishek Bachchan-starrer action
fantasy film Drona that is being touted as the actor`s biggest
Kidnap is a thriller gone so wrong, you wonder if
criminals in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would believe the clumsy way Imran Khan
handles the whole abduction.
But then, you can`t blame Imran. If the kidnap victim, a tycoon`s daughter with
an allergy to wearing clothes, behaves like a hot temptress while being in
captivity, then the hardest of criminals is bound to get confused.
Imran plays Kabeer, a guy who grows up in a rough remand home, living out the
nightmare of torture and violence through sketches in the credit titles. This
portion where Kabeer`s tortuous background is put forward in rapid fire
movements is the most inventive part of this flat thriller.
Kidnap is an abduction story with no ransom. And that`s the least of
its problems. Gadhvi`s screenplay goes wrong from the word go. The characters
seem to function on auto-pilot. No rhyme or ransom seems to govern Kabeer`s
progress from disgruntled kidnapper to a revengeful criminal to a reformed
software engineer who at the end says goodbye and all the best to his kidnap
victim whom he runs into in a restaurant.
If you ever wondered why crime pays, Kidnap tells you why. It tells
potential kidnappers what not to do...Like ogle at your victim when she insists
on bathing in the great big outdoors. It also tells the kidnapper not to visit
his hostage`s home to find out why they aren`t picking up his threatening calls.
Yes, that`s the level of dim-witted kidnapping connivance that our
kidnapper-hero is reduced to. Of course such a clumsy manoeuvre that puts to
risk his entire endeavour as criminal on the run is a pretext for Gadhvi to
stage the film`s classiest chase sequence between Sanjay and Imran, done in
French Parkour style of outdoor action.
The songs, chase, drama and the lighter moments all get in the way of the
storytelling. Kidnap is one big celebration of hurdles and obstacles created by
a writer-director who had the best possible cat-and-mouse game in mind.
But somewhere along the way Gadhvi loses his way.
It`s hard to believe Gadhvi created the two ultra-chic Dhoom films
since Kidnap lacks both style and substance. The characters are
incredibly inept. So don`t blame the mawkish performances on the actors.
Sanjay, playing a suave billionaire, is made to break into a rival
industrialist`s (Raj Zutsi) mansion to steal money. Just when you start
scratching your head at the criminal`s wisdom at putting the tycoon through
these perverse paces, he`s put into a fireman`s outfit squirting water into a
burning prison campus.
Where did the smoke come from? Could it be the audiences fuming at being led up
the garden path only to find a road block at the end of the reign-blow?
Baffling on many levels, the biggest piece in this jumbled jigsaw is the casting
of Vidya as Sanjay`s wife and Reema Lagoo as her mom. Maybe they wanted to keep
the family young.
Imran is just about the only bearable factor in the whole mess. He stays in
character, expresses pain with more than just a grimace and scowl. His eyes
search far beyond the set stage for answers to the question of human pain.
We join him in this search, wondering why Kidnap turns out be such
an agonising journey into the doomed.