On a Wednesday morning in central Mumbai, the theatre for the Kaabil FDFS was empty, with most people at work. Shah Rukh Khan comes on the screen in his Raees avatar, to remind you to switch off your cell phones. And with that reminder to the real-world box-office battle brewing between two of Bollywood’s big releases, we’re off.
Hrithik Roshan’s considerable acting abilities deserved a better scripted movie. More’s the pity, because this is a film that starts off smartly, but stretches unnecessarily in a bid to establish Hrithik as the ultimate saviour. Everyone’s trying too hard by the end to make it Hrithik’s heroic story
But what happened at a theater in Ghatkopar was least expected. Audience who were attending the late night show of ‘Kaabil’ suddenly became patriotic after the interval, and it had nothing to do with the republic day. It was because the film was unbearable after the interval. Theater owner had to project the DVD of Tiranga instead of the second half of ‘Kaabil’ and to their surprise there was applause and happiness among the crowd.