KHUDA HAAFIZ REVIEW
Director: Faruk Kabir
Starring: Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Annu Kapoor, Shiv Pandit & Aahana Kumra
Written by: Faruk Kabir
Streaming On: Disney+ Hotstar
KHUDA HAAFIZ is the story of a man whose wife goes missing under mysterious circumstances and his journey to find her. In October 2007, Lucknow-based Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal), a software engineer, gets into an arranged marriage with Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi). Both of them fall in love in no time. Time passes and both of them are hit by recession big time. Sameer has to shut down his company and Nargis is fired from her job. Noth of them look for work but months pass and they don’t find any luck. With hope, they apply for work in middle eastern country Noman through an agent Nadeem (Vipin Sharma). Nargis gets work first and has to leave immediately. Sameer is apprehensive but Nargis tells him that it’s going to be okay. Nadeem also tells Sameer that it is a matter of few days till he gets his job confirmation and he can join up with his wife soon. The next day Nargis calls Sameer up and is crying and tell ls him that this job is not what she signed uo for and the phone ends abruptly. A shocked Sameer lands up at Nadeem’s office along with the cops. Nadeem feigns ignorance. Sameer then lands up in Noman’s capital city, Noor Us Saba where Nargis has supposedly got the job. At the airport he meets a good and kind hearted driver Usman Ali Murad (Annu Kapoor) who tells him that the address is incorrect. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The film is successful in entertaining you as an audience. It also shows shades of Liam Neeson’s much appreciated TAKEN film series, because the concepts and to an extent, the execution feel similar. While saying that, it also must be said that the story is a little flawed, predictable and not so surprising.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Jitan Harmeet Singh is exquisite and the locales have been captured nicely. Editing by Sandeep Francis is good. Also the toning of the film has been nice as well. Music has no scope in the film and just plays a hindrance in a story such as this. Writing could have been much better and less predictable. Costume design and the production design is great and up to the standard for the time film was set in. The action sequences are brilliant and being a Vidyut Jammwal starrer, are no doubt the highlight of the film.
Performances from the cast are note-worthy. Vidyut Jammwal plays the role to the best of his abilities and shines not only in action but also the emotional sequences. Shivaleeka Oberoi doesn’t have a lot to do but she makes the best of what has been offered to her. Annu Kapoor is fantastic and endearing. Shiv Pandit and Aahana Kumra are both good and leave a mark with their performances. The rest of the cast offer good support.
Director Faruk Kabir’s execution is good and he manages to put together a decent film which had a lot of potential but was not achieved mainly in the writing.