Remaking classic films have become the latest trend in Bollywood and it is because of this trend, creativity is at its all-time low in India.
Abhay Chopra’s Ittefaq is one such attempt to recreate the magic of a cult classic but it fails to impress the audience despite having a well-crafted trailer and a cast that is popular amongst the cine-going audience.
Novelist Vikram (Sidharth Malhotra) is suspected of killing his wife and the husband of a random woman he meets while evading the police. He tells the Dev (Akshaye Khanna) the cop in charge of the investigation, that Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) is lying about her husband’s death and that there is more to her.
Maya, on the other hand, claims that Vikram entered her house and killed her husband without any reason. The police have 2 suspects for 2 murders but the cop fails to make the connection until the climax.
The film is only a must-watch if you are a fan of Akshaye Khanna who has the meatiest lines, the deadliest situations and the most-sought out character in the film.
Sidharth Malhotra does look like a novelist returning to India but he has to change his looks in order to extend his career.
Sonakshi Sinha doesn’t bring the oomph factor in the role of the sexy housewife and she can be termed as a miscast.
The direction isn’t all that bad but when the screenplay is at fault, things go awry in a big way.
The word Ittefaq reminds you of Ajnabee where Bobby Deol outsmarted Akhsay Kumar by coincidence; it also reminds the audience of many English films including Primal Fear where there were many layers to the problem that was there in front of the audience. Had the screenplay been a little more polished, the film would have done good business instead of the mediocre one it is doing in Pakistan.
From its name, Ittefaq seems like a film that will shock you with its twists and turns, supporting the brilliant script; sadly, it would have been better had it been named something else because whatever that happens on the screen, has happened on the screen before.
There is no wow factor to shock you because if you think that the end was out of this world then you need to see other films from this world.
It seems like an attempt just for the sake of an attempt, as there is hardly anything to remember it by. Compared to the original classic released in 1969, this one is just another film that shares the same name – it falls flat in all other departments.