Ittefaq- A coincidence that can be avoided
Movie Review by Anand Jha (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Ittefaq, as the name suggests, plays hard on the whole idea of coincidence and is a remake of Yash Chopra’s 1969 thriller film starring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda. The plot in the new version of Ittefaq has new dimensions, has good twists and an almost unpredictable plotline.
The movie begins with Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) being chased by cops for a murder. On the run, he stumbles upon Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) and convinces her to let him enter her house. In a short span Maya gets to know that Vikram is a killer on the run and alerts the police. It is also revealed to the viewers that Maya’s husband has also been murdered. Both Vikram and Maya are suspects in the double murder. Dev (Akshaye Khanna) is the cop who’s been assigned the task to uncover the truth and find out which of the lead characters are guilty.
The original 1969 Ittefaq had unidimensional plot whereas Ittefaq 2017 has twists that puzzle you and make you rethink. Director Abhay Chopra has used the clever technique of narration from point of view of both the leads, which keeps the audience at the edge of the seat till the end. Even the background of the lead characters are established through flashbacks. While questioning, Vikram and Maya both give completely different accounts of what they have been through. Similar Rashomon different aspects from Vikram and Maya, as the movie starts gripping, more clues show up. How Dev tries to find the elusive truth forms the rest of the story.
When it comes to acting, the lead actors falter. Sonakshi Sinha plays the role of a homemaker but lacks the subtlety and demure attitude and comes across as rather loud. Sidharth Malhotra has never exactly managed to display a range of emotions and this film is no different. He gets a chance to play a layered character but hardly succeeds. It is actor Akshaye Khanna who steals the show from the duo. His comeback can’t be smoother than this and his presence immediately lights up the screen. The actor gets some of the best lines of the film and he does full justice.
The film does suffer from certain boring or predictable parts but as a whole manages to sustain your interest even post the interval. It is not the taut thriller that will make you bite your nails but most definitely keep you guessing till the end. If not for the lead actors, watch the film for its tight rendering and Akshaye Khanna.