(Crisp) Movie Review: ITTEFAQ by FENIL SETA

Ittefaq is a juvenile murder mystery and it’s shocking how the script got approved and that too by three acclaimed production houses – B R Films, Red Chillies Entertainment and Dharma Productions. There are so many loopholes, especially in the investigation done by the police in the film. Even a layman would realize that. The film starts off well and the end is also unexpected. But it’s too little and gives a déjà vu of similar films in this kind of a space. The middle portions are slow and dragging and there’s not much of a meat in the entire tale. What save the film are few scenes, dialogues (some of them are hilarious) and performances. Akshaye Khanna has the most screen space and he does extremely well, even though the characterization is a let-down. Sidharth Malhotra underplays his part very well while Sonakshi Sinha also gives a fine, restrained performance. Ajay Jadhav (Constable Tambe) is hilarious and thank god he’s there in the film – thanks to him, there’s some amount of laughter. All in all, a major disappointment!

My rating – ** out of 5!

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