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Movie Review: Laal Kaptaan (2019)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

Laal Kaptaan is not for those who seek instant gratification and need to feast on a visual spectacle every time they visit the cinemas.

The Navdeep Singh (NH10, Manorama Six Feet Under) directed period drama is a vengeance soaked tale of a naga sadhu, played with deadly effect by Saif Ali Khan, who takes the viewers on a journey of retribution.

Set in the late 18th century Bundelkhand, post the Buxar War, when the East India Company was making inroads into India, the film combines Singh’s love for Westerns with Indian colonial history. The arid land of Rajasthan is the majestic landscape on which the naga sadhu, referred to as Gossain, travels in his quest to find his nemesis Rehmat Khan.

He’s aided along the way by his own Sancho Panza, a very well cast Deepak Dobriyal, who along with his two sniffer dogs is out for hire, and can track any trail or scent to reach the target.

The naga sadhu might come across initially as an unhinged mercenary, a bounty hunter, who will do anything for gold, but there’s no denying that he’s sure footed and focused when it comes to hunting his prey.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “A good story told well, though slow”
Khaleejtimes
Average Reviews
2.5 “Laal Kaptaan was perhaps attempting to be a Western movie, with horses, dust, guns and the works, but ultimately, a tedious narrative and a very lengthy runtime pull it down.”
TOI
2.5 “An Overcrowded Plot Powered By Saif Ali Khan”
NDTV
2.5 “Saif Ali Khan delivers a power-packed performance in this slow-burning revenge saga”
TNN
2.5 “Of only the narrative flowed at a faster pace, we would have had a cracker of a film indeed. “
Filmfare
2.5 “Saif Ali Khan film has all the right ingredients but remains under-cooked”
Indiatoday
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Strictly for Saif Ali Khan fans”
Gulfnews
2.0 “Revenge Is Served Dull In This Saif Ali Khan Starrer!”
Filmibeat
2.0 “Saif Ali Khan Is Brilliant, But Unfortunately In The Wrong Film”
Koimoi
2.0 “Saif Ali Khan excels in this film which is all over the place”
Planetbollywood
2.0 “Sensational; but a stretch, sadly”
Mid-day
1.5 “LAAL KAPTAAN is bizarre and a poor film that has nothing substantial to offer the audiences in general.”
Bollywoodhungama
1.5 “Boredom six feet down under”
Glamsham
1.5 “A weak plot leaves characters struggling for relevance”
Indianexpress
1.5 ” Saif Ali Khan’s revenge drama fizzles out in the end”
Hindustantimes

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