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Ittefaq Movie Review: Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna, Sonakshi Sinha

Ittefaq
Director: Abhay Chopra
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna, Sonakshi Sinha
Rating: 3/5

ITTEFAQ STORY: With Mumbai police on his tail for being charged with his wife’s murder, Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) runs into Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) and manages to get protection in her house on a rainy Mumbai night. Maya soon learns that Vikram could be a convict on the run so she alerts the police, who catch Vikram and discover the dead body of her husband Shekhar in the house. Maya blames Vikram of double murder but Vikram request innocence. The case is assigned to officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna), who must solve the mystery in three days.

Ittefaq Movie Review

ITTEFAQ MOVIE REVIEW: With Mumbai police on his tail for being charged with his wife’s murder, Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) runs into Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) and manages to get protection in her house on a rainy Mumbai night. Maya soon learns that Vikram could be a convict on the run so she alerts the police, who catch Vikram and discover the dead body of her husband Shekhar in the house. Maya blames Vikram of double murder but Vikram request innocence. The case is assigned to officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna), who must solve the mystery in three days.

A modification of Yash Chopra’s 1969 suspense drama, featuring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda, Abhay Chopra retains the theme of the original and infuses his own twists and turns to the story, which keeps your interest. While his efforts are sincere and understated, there’s a lot that gets lost in translation.

Ittefaq Movie Review

Not Like the linear storytelling of the original, this investigative reboot gets a bit uninteresting as it simultaneously presents two parallel accounts of Maya and Vikram as they reveal their respective versions of the story to Dev. What makes it further complicated is the fact that the two suspects tell their tale in parts. This results in constant flashbacks.

Ittefaq Movie Review

Finally, this trick of shuttling between past and present to raise the suspense quotient backfires as it obstructs your train of thought and doesn’t allow fear or tension to creep in.

Also Watch: Ittefaq Official Trailer: Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha & Akshaye Khanna

However, one person who rescues this whodunit, single-handedly and makes it worth a watch is Akshaye Khanna. He lends seriousness to the otherwise dreary proceedings. His banter with a fellow cop (Mr. Tambe) is hilarious. On the opposite, Sidharth’s deadpan expressions and Sonakshi’s limited character arc, disappoint.

Ittefaq Movie Review

Altogether, Ittefaq may not be a taut thriller that you expect it to be. But if patience is your asset, this unhurried suspense drama can be watched for Akshaye Khanna’s crackling screen presence, acting prowess, and elevated charm. Why he doesn’t do films more often is the bigger mystery here.

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