Phantom quick take: Saif, Katrina spoil action-filled 26/11 revenge

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 28, 2015 16:30 IST
Jamat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in Lahore high court, seeking a ban on Phantom.

Kabir Khan's high-octane film Phantom is a don't miss of sorts just for the audacity of its plot. The film is a fictionalised account of Indian agents avenging the ghastly 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Add a few gravity-defying stunts, some pretty faces doubling up as 'spies' and a Saif Ali Khan desperate for a hit, and it's obvious that nothing has been left to half-measures in this film based on writer S Hussain Zaidi's Mumbai Avengers.

The film has a gripping story and fast-paced action. It is a feast for eyes too as it has been shot at beautiful locales all around the world -- Beirut, Canada, Chicago, Punjab and Kashmir. However, the film could have been far more engaging had it not been for Katrina and Saif Ali Khan's bad acting.

The dialogues are quite interesting too. These are the standard instructions to a terrorist being sent from Pakistan to Kashmir: "Kisi Hindustan ki ladki ke ishq mei mat padna."

Here's taking a stab at the story: Furious over the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, a retired army officer Daniyal (Saif) spearheads a covert mission to seek out and kill the terror masterminds. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officials form his team in the mission to bring a closure to all victims of the cowardly attack. He is accompanied by social activist Nawaz (Katrina) and RAW official (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub). Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Rajesh Tailang also play pivotal roles in



In an interview during promotions of the film, Kabir Khan had said, "As opposed to Ek Tha Tiger, which was a glamourised peek into the world of intelligence agents, Phantom is more real. It does not have the usual trappings of 'spies'. This is more about the people involved. It's a little different, and that's because it is based on facts."

Katrina Kaif

, claimed that she got to learn a lot about the terrorist attacks working on the film: "Working on the movie added to my knowledge. There are facts that are out there but we choose to ignore. Maybe not ignore, 26/11 was one incident everyone is concerned about but we could have known about these things if we choose to read. But we do not. So for that matter, Phantom was a learning experience for me."

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