Khuda Haafiz Move Review – Watchable Action Drama

Title: Khuda Haafiz
Rating: 3/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Annu Kapoor, Shiv Panditt, Aahana Kumra
Director: Faruk Kabir
Streaming on: Hotstar
Language: Hindi

Story: Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal) and Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) are newly married. Both of them lose their jobs due to the global economic recession in 2008. They start looking for a new job and an agent agrees to help them get jobs in a country called Noman and Nargis is asked to come to Noman first. She is abducted as soon as she lands in Noman. Who kidnapped her and how does Sameer find her forms the story.

Performances: Vidyut Jammwal is a revelation in this film.  He has unlocked a new shade in him. He gets ample amount of scenes to showcase his pain, sadness and helplessness and he does a great job. Action sequences are a cakewalk for him. Shivaleeka Oberoi is decent as female lead but her makeup is overdone in scenes which do not require any. Annu Kapoor is very good as Sameer’s aide in Noman. Shiv Panditt and Aahana Kumra are good and entertain through unique Hindi accents. Other supporting actors perfectly fit into their roles.

Technicalities: Jitan Harmeet Singh’s camerawork is splendid and gives the film a grand feel. Majority of the movie has been shot in Uzbekistan and he has captured the landscape well. Songs and background score are a strength to the film. Editing is decent but there are some dragged portions which could have been trimmed and the movie could have done with a shorter runtime. Action sequences are less in number. They are well executed but those expecting lot of fist fights and punches will be disappointed.

Analysis: The story of this movie is all about female lead getting trapped in a foreign country and the male lead going all out to find her and seek vengeance on the kidnappers. This is a line which has been explored in too many movies already including Tiger Shroff’s very recent film Baaghi 3. Unlike Baaghi 3 which took an over the top approach to show Tiger Shroff fighting an entire country’s army, Khuda Haafiz takes a much more believable and convincing approach and focuses more on drama than action. The number of action sequences are limited and used as per the requirement of the screenplay and not squeezed forcefully into the narrative. Director Faruk Kabir can be appreciated for that. The first one hour of the film completely holds our interest and makes us keep wondering what may happen next. From then on, the pace becomes a bit too slow and some portions are dragged and also starts becoming predictable towards the end. Our hunger for more action is left unanswered and the movie keeps focusing on the drama which may work for some and not work for the rest. Nevertheless, the movie never becomes boring and manages to hold our interest for the most part and is a harmless one time watch.

On a whole: Khuda Haafiz is a watchable action drama with more drama and less action.

Rating: 3/5

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