Ittefaq: Crisp, with wonderful performances 

The best thing about Ittefaq is that it revolves around Dev (Akshaye Khanna) and not either of Vikram (Sidharth Malhotra) and Maya (Sonakshi Sinha). Now I haven’t watched Yash Chopra’s Ittefaq so there won’t be any comparison, maybe that was better, maybe this is better – I don’t know. And plus, why compare? I’ve heard it’s a remake but not frame to frame so let’s let it stand alone.

Since it’s a suspense thriller, there isn’t much to tell about the story except that a murder is committed and Dev (a cop) is investigating into it. You don’t know until the last moment who the murderer is but subtle hints are left, and honestly, I did guess it. Though it’s tough and I give director Abhay Chopra credits for the same but it’s not impossible. And can we just let go of cliched angles to stories, please? Chopra does a great job as a director and an even better job as a debutant director. The cinematography, mostly indoors, is crisp and intelligent. The dialogues are not overly dramatic and the expressions of the leads remain subtle throughout, not giving us a hint. The film takes a dip in the second half and then all hell breaks loose and the film begins to lose its touch. Also, the background music isn’t as convincing as it should have been.

Chopra’s film keeps you guessing throughout and creates the right amount of thrill for you. All through the film all I could think was the similarity between the film and Graham Greene’s short story, The Case for the Defence. Is it just me or was there a connection?  My complaint with the film lies with the humor and names. The humor is completely unneeded and over the top. The names haven’t been given much thought because Vikram Sethi is not something new, right? And Maya is, of course, wearing clothes as a certain Maya would.

Coming to the performances, Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra are honest and earnest in their efforts. Both of them do take some time to adjust to their surroundings but deliver more than what is expected of them. But Akshaye Khanna takes the cake. After Mom, this is his second outing as a cop in this very year but we see him as two different people. Such is his finesse.

All in all, on paper Ittefaq would have been a perfect film, but on screen, it has its flaws.

If I had to rate the film, 100 minutes of a runtime is a little extra for this film. But isse kam kya banaoge…

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