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Review: Kidnap

Aah, so Midriff (Minissha Lamba) has been kidnapped by Stern Expression (Imran Khan). When she has a shower, he nearly has a cardiac arrest. His eyes pop, he sweats and he chops a few more onions for dinner, writes Khalid Mohamed.

movie reviews Updated: Jun 07, 2012 16:24 IST
Khalid Mohamed

This one’s a tribute to Minissha Lamba’s midriff and micro-skirts. Odd? You bet. Director Gadhvi, the Dhoom man, indicates that his days of style and snazz are over. The look is stodgy, the plot has been hatched from too many DVDs and American TV series to list. And for reels and reels you’re expected to believe that Lady Lamba is 18 years old (then I’m 16), and that her mum is a very petulant Vidya Malavade, and that her granny is Reema Lagoo who’s around just to shoot the breeze. Freeze.

Ploddingly, our Anmol Gadhvi informs you that Sanjay Dutt is a very busy man (aren’t we all?), and that he’s
separated from Wife Malavade .

Aah, so Midriff has been kidnapped by Stern Expression (Imran Khan). When she has a shower, he nearly has a cardiac arrest. His eyes pop, he sweats and he chops a few more onions for dinner. Burp.

Over cell phones, Stern Boy orders Daddy Busy to attend an exclusive party hosted by the city’s Bill Gates (Raj Zutshi), organise a jailbreak and even shoot down a frozen disco dancer. Next: Midriff, lands up in a dingy boat. As in Cape Fear-Darr, Daddy Busy must rescue her from that dingy. Who cares? Midriff’s characterisation is unsympathetic. About her acting skills, the lesser said, the worse.

Sanjay Dutt sleeptalks through another I’m-invincible role. Imran Khan’s performance is patchy. He’s excellent in some scenes (the anger spewing ones) but has trouble with his hand movements and reaction shots, especially in the Lamba shower scene.

The music, editing and cinematography are ordinary. Suggestion: close your eyes, don’t breathe and insist on a shower if someone kidnaps you to this.