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The Killer of your sense

Emraan and Irrfan's comic timing is the only thing worth watching in the film, writes Diganta Guha.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2006 13:54 IST

The Killer
Emraan Hashmi, Irrfan & Nisha Kothari
Director: Raksha Mistry & Hasnain S Hyderabadwala
Rating: So-so

The Killer does kill- to put it bluntly, it kills what could have been a very good attempt. The film goes on and on and suddenly ends predictably just at the point you have lost patience in expecting a twist. And it is here that debutant director duo Raksha Mistry and Hasnain S Hyderabadwala mess things up.

The duo’s take on Michael Mann’s Tom Cruise-Jammie Foxx starrer Collateral is watchable because of the witty dialogues between the male leads but immature handling of immature screenplay mars the effort.

The story is of a killer (Irrfan) who takes the help of a cabbie (Emraan Hashmi) to kill people who will testify against underworld don Jabbar. The film lacks pace and suspense. One has to understand that Hollywood films have their own audience and Hindi films have their own. One wishes the director duo had thought about it.

Emraan and Irrfan's comic timing is the only thing worth watching in the film

The Killer is a film that grips you briefly only to make you ask where am I heading? You enjoy the humour- there are many funny sequences worth enjoying- but what the film lacks is substance. It is indeed difficult to categorise. Comedy? No. Thriller? Not all. Then what is it?

The best part about

The Killer

is the chemistry between Emraan and Irrfan. Emraan is natural and his comic timing is excellent (and he doesn’t kiss this time for a change). Irrfan has his mannerisms but succeeds in playing his role with élan. Nisha Kothari is wasted with hardly anything to do. And what was Zakir Hussain (who plays Jabbar) doing in the film for just a blink-and-miss appearance?

Films from Vishesh Films are talked about. The music of most is a strong point. But in this case, Sajid-Wajid’s music is not appealing and unlikely to be as successful as that of

Zeher, Kalyug



. Despite being shot in Dubai, it doesn’t capture the picturesque locales the way one would have expected.

Overall, The Killer is killing.