Certificate: U/A

Director: Behzad Khambata

Starring: Sunny Deol, Karan Kapadia, Karanvir Sharma, Ishita Dutta

Written by: Pranav Adarsh, Pradeep Atluri, Behzad Khambata

The story of BLANK is based around the concept of terrorism. The film marks the debut of Dimple Kapadia’s nephew Karan Kapadia. Karan plays the role of Hanif, a part of the terrorist group called Tehreer Al-Hind, headed by Maqsood (Jameel Khan). He arrives in Mumbai along with other terrorists with a plan to set off over two dozen bombs, each by a terrorist. But when the day to execute the plan arrives, he is met with a road accident. He faints and then is taken to the hospital. There the doctor and the staff find the bomb attached to his body. On seeing that, they immediately inform the ATS chief S S Dewan (Sunny Deol). The doctors are unable to detach the bomb from his body as its connected with his heart. The problem doesn’t end there for Dewan, because as Hanif wakes up we learn that he has lost his memory because of the accident and doesn’t remember anything about the bomb or where he has come from. Meanwhile, Dewan’s juniors Husna (Ishita Dutta) and Rohit (Karanvir Sharma) nab another suicide bomber Farukh. Realizing that they can extract information from this other terrorist, Dewan’s senior Aruna Gupta orders that Hanif be taken to the outskirts of the city and be killed. n the other hand, Husna successfully locates Hanif’s residence where she finds the blueprint of the bomb attached to Hanif’s body. She realizes that killing Hanif will trigger other 24 bombs in the city and she quickly informs Dewan of the same. At this point, other terrorists arrive at where the cops have taken Hanif, attack the cops and take Hanif away. What happens next, forms the rest of the film.

BLANK is a decent film with an interesting story. The film has a runtime of about 100-110 minutes but it feels too long. It is a thriller and it packs a punch, but somewhere we feel it could have done better. The action and the performances in the film are a standout.

Technically, the film is great. Cinematography by R. Dee is top notch. He makes the film look superior and gives the audiences some fantastic visuals. Editing by Sanjay Sharma is decent. Even though the film’s runtime was less, it seemed long. He could have done a little better. The story is okay and the screenplay is the same. Music is not of the chartbuster variety but Ali Ali which plays right before the end credits is pick of the lot. The action in the film is really great and it looks real. The production design is decent, so is the VFX.

Performances from the actors were great too. Karan Kapadia makes a fine debut. He manages to have pulled off his character with much ease. Sunny Deol is brilliant in the film. The audiences, especially his fans will love him in this film. Ishita Dutta is good. Karanvir Sharma is decent. Jameel Khan (Maqsood) does well. The rest of the cast offer bled support.

Director Behzad Khambata who makes his directorial debut does a good job with his first film. He has handled some of the scenes nicely and managed to get good performances out of his actors.

2.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a surprisingly slow start and will have a face an uphill task.

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