The Pinkvilla Movie Review - Phantom

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Phantom is the best fantasy tale you've seen in years. No, the film isn't impeccable and like every other movie, has it own share of reason errors and flaws, but we are pleased to inform that the film's chilling climax did give us a sense of catharsis. Yes, justice has been delayed but not denied. Lamentably, it is only fictional - a story you wish were true.

For starters, Kabir Khan and his writers along with Hussain Zaidi must be credited for the balanced story which is surprisingly value neutral. Often while discussing the Mumbai terror attacks, rage erodes our rationality, but Kabir and Zaidi's plot is careful to not let the colour of religion or the animosity towards Pakistan to blot the chastity of the mission. There is a line in the film that says if we are reeling under the terrorist atrocities, it is a daily life scenario in our neighbouring country. The wonderfully sketched character of a Pakistani nurse (played by Sohaila Kapur) losing her only son to an LeT mission and how she becomes instrumental in the film's climax unfolding, is a necessary inclusion which has more connotations than we see on screen. For starters, are common people in Pakistan supportive of Lashkar?  No, they aren't. Who would want their children to take up the Jihadi path under the effect of fanatics' brainwashing sermons? That attempt of detaching the people of Pakistan from the extremist groups who claim to be the face of that country was a stating the fundamentals right.

Though, Zaidi's novel Mumbai Avengers had the luxury of folding out over its 300 something pages, Kabir has reduced the subplots considerably, even changing how each mastermind is killed. If compared, the book is obviously far better than the film. It is more taut, more gripping and more realistic. Kabir takes far too many cinematic liberties with this film, jading the story with what is the film's biggest fault - convenience. Things happen too soon and too easily. In the first half, the film doesn't allow its plots to simmer. It is a close save that the tale doesn't come off looking contrived. In the Illinois sequence, the story still takes back its nail-biting tinge, but the London operation is far too smooth to be believable.

There are places where Kabir has sacrificed logic for thrills. The very fact that Saif reveals his real name and identity to ISI is so hard to digest. Beirut's drama climaxes too abruptly and that momentary lapse of logic compromises on the story's effortless flow.

The best thing is that the film never elaborates on how the next elimination is fleshed out. The nimbleness in  unplanning works for the film. You never know the next move until Daniyal (Saif) is there executing it. We are obviously not in the position to reveal the film's story and characters, but we assure that watching this one unspools on screen will be an absolute delight.

The second half of the film is far grittier than its first. It truly will keep you on the edge of your seats. With the drama moving to Pakistan, the ISI is faced with the challenge of addressing a conundrum which leaves by no traces of its existence - ghost-like, almost a Phantom. As the chase game between Daniyal and ISI gets close, you'll be sucked into the narrative, rooting for retribution and reliving the night of November 26, 2008 which no living Indian will be able to wipe out from their memory. 

At two and half hours, the film doesn't make us feel its length. Its fast pace and gripping narrative commands your attention. For us, the climax worked. Though you wish it were different, it brought home the point that we owe our safety to the many such agents who have readily taken up such anonymous lives. Though the film's story is overtly unidimensional but then again it is the only film from the stock made in the last few years on seeking justice for 26/11 that feels so palpable and close to you heart. Cinematically, there may be flaws but Kabir Khan and Hussain Zaidi, you guys deserve a bow for the sheer honesty of it story. It is more heartfelt than winsome which is what it wanted to accomplish.

The film's committed cast elevates the story especially Saif who is never gimmicky and get into the skin of his character. Though the melodrama of the backstory could've been diluted, it is hardly a hindrance in the larger scheme of affairs and more of wishful thinking. He elevates the story with his approach and earnestness. Katrina is adequate. She isn't fascinating but Kabir extracts from her a performance worth mentioning. While other actors are great in their parts , the overenthusiastic Md. Zeeshan could have done better with a little less energy.

With exquisite cinematography, charming shots and stellar stunts, Phantom scores as a terrific, taut, crisp, nail-biting thriller that will easily be unmatched for a long time to come. When we see the final shot of Taj and Gateway, it is hard to miss the feeling of satisfaction Kabir has conjured up. So what if isn't true yet, some day the souls of those killed on that gruesome night will be avenged. Some day...

We rate the film a 70% on the Pinkvilla movie meter.

 

Comments

lol is it true katrina forgets to call him Daniyal halfway through the film and starts calling him Daniel? i just read raja sens review and i cannot believe such a silly mistake has been allowed on katrinas part! if its true it reflects badly on katrina for doing it, kabir for missing it, and the editor for letting it go!

Yes, Katrina go & do Kamli, Sheila, Chamelis & leave this kind of roles for real desi girls like Priyanka, Bipasha, I kept remembering Bipasha from Lamhaa , which has same fiercy Character. Very bad casting Kabir

saif n katrina rocked it..blockbuster...awesome story.

Totally awesome movie..must watch

Every Indian should watch it..worth every penny.

Katrina rocked in it...aweome movie.

Movie was amazing..saif and katrina were very good. Must watch.

houseful in California. Saif n Katrina were awesome

must watch..

awesome movie

always good to read the reviews of the commenters. Now I know not to waste my money and watch this movie.

The 4th and 5th Khans of Bollywood. Show 'em what you're made of. =)

Nothing outstanding. If you have watched Baby, can easily skip this. Isn't much engaging.Felt like so many scenes have already been seen that kind of...felt too long.

Tomo may be huge day for phantom. Anyways happy onam, happy raksha bandhan my paki brothers. JaiHind!!!

Every indian should watch this movie. It gives closure to bleeding hearts of victims of 26/11 mumbai attacks. Loved the movie.

On 8xm Pakistan Music Channel - Deepika always stands on No.1 Spot and Katrina is always on 2 or 3. Shockingly in the last July list she was on No.10 and now her phantom is banned she will probably be thrown out of the list lol. Deepika is the Most popular Indian actress in Pakistan and In India ofcourse. Piku was enough to show her star power even though I belive Ramleela Yjhd and Cocktail are also hits because of her they just didn't had a tag of a female protagonist. PV post.

I know right.I had already said this movie won't do Kat any good...!!

Piku Collected 5.5 Cr on its First Day while #Phantom Collected around 7-8 Crs on its First Day.

Lolol the film got such a bad opening OMG. And most of the critics slammed Katrina like always but wait didn't she did this movie to show some diversity? Ouch. No item song? Ouch. No big actor? Ouch. XD we Deepika fans are so happy tbh we cannot explain our happiness. :3 PV post.

i am also a deepika fan but if u r happy at someone else failure shame on u then . u r not elegible to be a dp fan . sorry

Don't bring Deepika into this. No need to compare.

If 8 crs is bad opening , than what will you call 5 crors which piku did inspite of so much positive response over media, internet n throughout social media sites. Social media as well as media had very low buss over phantom still it did 8 crs on first day.. as faras in go on pv comment sec I see only negetive comments but when I watch youtube reveiws of theater crowd its highly positive... why pv has just become battle ground of fanclubs n not genuine comments... Pv plz post .

Phantom has mass-appeal - with all the violence and fighting. Piku was sublime. I don't mean to sound snobbish here, but it was meant for a different kind of audience. AND it gained acclaim from both the critics and the audiences.

Piku was released in half the number of screens when compared to Phantom. Also the budget was so much more less. Now go do your math n figure out what a dud Phantom is.

Wow Raja Sens review is something. Is Katrina so bad. I mean we all know she cant act. But calling her a mannequin?

KRK's review is way more entertaining than the movie.

i want my money back. very pakao movie with awful acting by Kat.

Just watched it!! My 2 cents: Gives headache, dull, casting was poor!! Surely can be missed! Kabir Khan after BB did this blunder!

First half is good....secong half is very slow n boring

Sunny Deol + Rani would have been great for the role.

WELL, I THINK THE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE FLOP BECAUSE IT IS GETTING BANNED FROM ALL THE PLACES WHERE THIS MOVIE'S STORY RELATED TO.

where all has it been banned?

lol whats happening even imdb rating which the audience s gives is only 5 .....pretty bad....i will miss this one

Katrina pls do Chikni Chameli and Sheela. Dont try to act. Leave that to Bebo and Kangana and even Harshaali Malhotra.

Guys hows the opening of this film? Did all those statements on Ranbir and Salman help Katrinas movie?

The story was not that bad. But Kabir ahould take more convinving actors. Saif was ok ok. Katrina.. really dont know why she is taken in such roles. She cant justify them. Wish to see the likes of Kangana in such roles. She would have rocked it.

The most reliable critics namely Anupama Chopra, Rajeev Masand and Raja Sen have trashed this movie. Raja called Katrina a mannequin. Ouch. Masand said evry time Saif picks up a gun you want to say.. Rakh de yaar, chal jaayegi! Anupama said Kat is good in one scene. Thats all folks.

guys of you want other reviews please go to youtube and see krk review...he is really funny and brutal about katrina's "brilliant" acting. PV POST!!!!

I'm just waiting for KRK review on this movie in youtube. should be hilarious! lol pv post!

Can someone please let us know whether ANY critic said ANYTHING good about Kat.

Stay away from Phantom; it gives audiences a raw deal, cautions: Raja Sen.

Here is Raja Sen's review which is fun to read as usual.

Who does he –- a man who has just given Salman Khan the biggest hit of his career in Bajrangi Bhaijaan -– cast in a film about killing terrorists and “vigilante justice”?

A tough action hero and a girl who knows her way around a minefield?

Actors who appear gritty and credible when squeezing a trigger, looking like morality is a luxury for those who get to sleep at night?

No.

He casts a Nawab and a mannequin.

...In fact, we saw something similar earlier this year with Neeraj Pandey’s Baby, which, while not particularly sharp, was slickly watchable -- largely because of how Akshay Kumar took a role with negligible depth and created a protagonist worth watching.

Alas, here we have the Anari to Kumar’s Khiladi.

Phantom stars Saif Ali Khan in the John Rambo mould, a loner coaxed out of an invisible, ex-Army life to assassinate evil Pakistanis.

Yes, it’s Saif Ali Khan essentially playing Sunny Deol. This is a patently absurd bit of casting, defeated only by the choice of the doll-faced Katrina Kaif as a former RAW agent. Khan, who would much rather charm in a suit, here wears one scowl throughout, while Kaif, who speaks every line of dialogue in the same pre-teen tone, is here made to pick up a machine gun and fire.Everyone misses the mark. Kaif’s character, the director, and Saif.

That review of Raja Sen must be a million times more entertaining than the movie. To add more...
----Dad has also presumably burnt up all adult pictures of his son, which is why the only photograph of Daniyal his mother finds is one from his youth: Saif as an effeminate 16-year-old, the kind of guy who’d sing about blue dupattas and yellow suits.
----By the time the Titanic-themed climax rolls around, even Katrina’s exhausted by the nonsense; she stops pretending to care and starts shouting “Daniel!” instead of Daniyal

He and Anupama Chopra are the best critics we have.

kat-Fans,go and Read other Reviews,u will die...lol

Currently the reviews which are coming out are quite bad.. thought of watching this one.. but confused now.. recent reviews states that the leads are worst..n that the movie is not tat good.. what to believe?

Why can't people take objective criticism in the spirit that it is given?

Why is Katrina Kaif still being hired by Bollywood producers?

Just came back from watchin the movie.It was ok.Kabir Khan is a good director.Saif and Kat are ok too.Katrina looks pretty but she has certainly had things done to her face-it looks puffy and unnatural at times.Otherwise all good.

I guess we can say kabir is the No1 director now! He extracted a great performance from salman and now katrina/saif especially after saifs debacle in his career (humshakals happy ending etc) it's good to see he's back congratz kabir two movies back to back which critics have loved.

Going to watch the movie today... Yayyyyyyy! *Bhangra*

Going to watch the movie today... Yayyyyyyy! *Dancing*

Haters are trying too hard and so funny..

Nice movie, good acting by both Kat n Saif.

so much hatred for someone?? really guys?? If u dont like someone just dont talk about them but plz stop showing so much hatred towards someone so much.. she never harmed u so dont just do this

She is not good!

Kabirkhan is an awesome director. Saif n katrina both did well. Katrina deserves praise here. go for it.

People r finding it tough but katrina did a good job. Movie is a hit.

She did not act well it's the truth!

Nice movie..even katrina acted well. I see most of the reviewers saying that they were surprised by kat's acting. Story is also good. Must watch.

Wow. If the movie is a hit Kat will benefit. No need fighting here. We all know she can't act. That is a fact.

I will watch this film and I am from California, I actually like Saif Ali Khan =) He's a dare devil!!

Saif Ali Khan deserves a hit....

#1 Post and a great review too but why only two short sentences about Katrina's performance in the film?

Normally she doesn't even get one.Here she got two.You should be happy with that :P

Oh wow! I never knew that.

Leave it.That's not how I meant it!!

Sounds good, I wanna see it. Wish they'd gotten Rani to play Katrina's part .

Is Katrina supposed to act???Please,if the director wanted the actress to act,he could have gone to PC,DP,KKK,Anushka or Alia.Doing this movie might not be a good thing for Katrina though.She is the most popular BW actress in Pakistan.Many people won't understand that the movie may not be actor's vision..!!

Aww...looks like you were wrong...its going to be a hit movie and ur terrorist nation will have to watch it pirated...sorry NOT sorry !!

of course Pinkvilla approves & posts such nasty comments. Such sell outs

Get a life!!

I wanted to see the movie just because it's a Kabir movie. Don't much care for Katrina or Saif. That said, having watched it, I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina's performance. It was a strong performance from her and I'm glad she picked such a role. I think I'll be tuning in to more of her movies from now on, depending on the storyline.

HILAROUS!

i have not watch this movie but i can definitly say that this movie is boring n katrina kaif look fool in action ....

Ok 70 here are some reviews

Saif plays the role perfectly with the appropriate amount of zeal, wrath and passion. I however cannot say the same for Katrina Kaif’s performance. She looked gorgeous no doubt but failed to live up to her character, in my opinion. The actress brought nothing new to the table and lacked intensity.  bollywoodlife

In your head, you now see a desi super spy with Daniel Craig's cool menace, Tom Cruise's stunt-worthiness, Jason Statham's punches. What you get inPhantom is Saif Ali Khan.
As court-martialled soldier Daniyal, Khan takes the idea of a game face to a whole new level. For all of 147 minutes, he sports precisely one expression, give or take some make up and facial hair. He doesn't move as much as lumber, he is thoroughly indiscreet and everywhere he goes, he sticks out like a sore thumb. If this was because of his good looks, we'd forgive it. But Khan spends the entire film looking both awkward and impassive, as though he's got a hangover and is doing his best to block out the headache.
One can't help but feel that there was hope and a prayer governing the decision to name Katrina Kaif's character Nawaz in Phantom. Sadly, those prayers were not answered. Almost sharing a name with Nawazuddin Siddiqui doesn't ensure the transference of his acting ability. Compared to Khan's one expression, Kaif has none. Whether she's crying over lives lost or reminiscing about having tea at the Taj Mahal Hotel, there's not a hint of emotion to mar her perfect complexion and gorgeous features. Firstpost

Saif gets into the skin of the character quite admirably, but one wishes a lot more thought was put into his character sketch and also that the director didn't succumb to the temptation of showing unnecessary and unconvincing 'herogiri' at one point. Katrina seemed at a loss about what exactly she's supposed to do, as her character is vague and even unnecessary at points. Midday

Negatives:

Katrina Kaif is the only let down in the film when it comes to actors' performances. She is not seen mouthing much dialogues and her performance is average and could have been better. Filmbeat

some may argue that due to its extensive international shoot, the film was “just a holiday for the cast and crew”, but the events depicted in the film force that. Terrorists wouldn’t all be in the same place at the same time.
Kaif suits her part as a wing woman helping Shaikh in his mission, even though at times she’s just the pretty face with a fashionably dishevelled look. But if Bryce Dallas Howard running from dinosaurs in high heels in the grass didn’t stop Jurassic World from being one of the biggest films of the year, I guess we can allow our Kaif to dodge bullets with her gorgeous hair flying all over the place. Gulefup
She almost got bad reviews the only who got the paid cheak early didn't give her bad reviews.
And if that wasn’t enough, we have a half-baked love story that was so contrived that Katrina’s expressions started looking real!! Speaking of her, she borrows her name from one of the finest actors in the country! Yes, her name is Nawaz. No, that doesn’t help! She neither owns the lines, nor feels Nawaz’s pain. Her role in the whole let’s-kill-the-terrorist business is halfheartedly explained. Masala
Pv post don't be base pl coz of it's make difficult for me to write (ctrl +v) while it makes difficult for you to delete so don't be base and publish this one.

Nice movie. Both acted well. Katrina was good. Story awesome.

for A change good storyline. Good acting.

actually the movie is good..go for it. Amazing story. Kabir can make anyone act. Katrina was also good. Go for it.

i dont think movie was good

My friend dragged me for this. Must say was surprised. Movie is really good. Did not expect that. Storyline is awesome. Must watch.

Most of the reviews thus far have praised Saif's acting, and are somewhat appreciative of Kabir Khan's direction as well. I'm not a Saif fan, but I will consider watching this movie now. I quote: 1. "Saif Ali Khan's performance as an ex-army officer on a mission is really good, after Omkara this is probably his best performance and his fans will surely enjoy. Kabir Khan's direction is on par, after Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he is really on a roll ... Katrina Kaif is the only let down in the film when it comes to actors' performances."
2. "Saif gets into the skin of the character quite admirably, but one wishes a lot more thought was put into his character sketch and also that the director didn't succumb to the temptation of showing unnecessary and unconvincing 'herogiri' at one point. Katrina seemed at a loss about what exactly she's supposed to do, as her character is vague and even unnecessary at points. The climax is worth the ticket money."

So it looks like kabir has done it again after bajrangi bhaijaan... Won the critics over!!! Congrats! He is no doubt a great director.

watched it..loved saifu, good film!!!!!! katrina yeah she was also in the film- not sure why but she was...

No matter if it is a billion crore movie, if you always stand out as the weakest link what is the point. Here is an honest review from one of the critics - "Katrina Kaif is the only let down in the film when it comes to actors' performances. She is not seen mouthing much dialogues and her performance is average and could have been better."

Ok 70 here are some reviews

Saif plays the role perfectly with the appropriate amount of zeal, wrath and passion. I however cannot say the same for Katrina Kaif’s performance. She looked gorgeous no doubt but failed to live up to her character, in my opinion. The actress brought nothing new to the table and lacked intensity.  bollywoodlife

In your head, you now see a desi super spy with Daniel Craig's cool menace, Tom Cruise's stunt-worthiness, Jason Statham's punches. What you get inPhantom is Saif Ali Khan.
As court-martialled soldier Daniyal, Khan takes the idea of a game face to a whole new level. For all of 147 minutes, he sports precisely one expression, give or take some make up and facial hair. He doesn't move as much as lumber, he is thoroughly indiscreet and everywhere he goes, he sticks out like a sore thumb. If this was because of his good looks, we'd forgive it. But Khan spends the entire film looking both awkward and impassive, as though he's got a hangover and is doing his best to block out the headache.
One can't help but feel that there was hope and a prayer governing the decision to name Katrina Kaif's character Nawaz in Phantom. Sadly, those prayers were not answered. Almost sharing a name with Nawazuddin Siddiqui doesn't ensure the transference of his acting ability. Compared to Khan's one expression, Kaif has none. Whether she's crying over lives lost or reminiscing about having tea at the Taj Mahal Hotel, there's not a hint of emotion to mar her perfect complexion and gorgeous features. Firstpost

Saif gets into the skin of the character quite admirably, but one wishes a lot more thought was put into his character sketch and also that the director didn't succumb to the temptation of showing unnecessary and unconvincing 'herogiri' at one point. Katrina seemed at a loss about what exactly she's supposed to do, as her character is vague and even unnecessary at points. Midday

Negatives:

Katrina Kaif is the only let down in the film when it comes to actors' performances. She is not seen mouthing much dialogues and her performance is average and could have been better. Filmbeat

some may argue that due to its extensive international shoot, the film was “just a holiday for the cast and crew”, but the events depicted in the film force that. Terrorists wouldn’t all be in the same place at the same time.
Kaif suits her part as a wing woman helping Shaikh in his mission, even though at times she’s just the pretty face with a fashionably dishevelled look. But if Bryce Dallas Howard running from dinosaurs in high heels in the grass didn’t stop Jurassic World from being one of the biggest films of the year, I guess we can allow our Kaif to dodge bullets with her gorgeous hair flying all over the place. Gulefup
She almost got bad reviews the only who got the paid cheak early didn't give her bad reviews. Pv post don't be base plz...

will watch dis for sureeeeeeeeeeeeee :)

wooohooo so excited,,, going today..!!love from dubai :)

Lol the katrina fans are so overrated and blind have and obsessed with her let film realeses than say who much she is crowd puller ,
since iam reading reviews most of critics didn't mentioned katrina their reviews, whose lead actress of the film (maybe they don't want to hurts her to critise her bad performance ) and they only critics who got paid are saying that she looks pretty and gorgeous to say something great things about her coz of they got paid cheak early i think disrespectfule thing for an actress to get only review that she was gorgeous and pretty make her nothing just eye kandy, and the film got little bit of postive reviews beacuse of director of the film and saif takes lit bit of film on his shoulder depand on his acting performance, katrina got negative reviews by most of critics which geniunly given her performance review, stop fooling yourself the blind fans. Post pv .....

Anything beyond 55 + 15 will make the movie a success on BO.

wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

Times of India and Pinkvilla- I hope you are not paid to say these things !
There is only one explanation for Phantom: the cast and crew of the film really wanted a paid holiday. This in itself is not an objectionable aspiration. Who doesn't want to be able to bounce around London, Beirut, Chicago and other beautiful parts of the world, and get paid to do so? However, when the cost of that bouncing around is approximately Rs 55 crores and those who foot that bill expect the movie-going public to recover that amount as box office collection, things may get a little more complicated.
As an idea, Phantom crackles with possibility. Humiliated and furious after the terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008, India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) decides to send an operative on a covert mission to teach those who plotted against India a lesson. He is a man who goes unnoticed in crowds and who has evaded Google's all-seeing eye. He doesn't care if his target has a human side or redeeming qualities - if you had any part to play in the Mumbai attacks, the phantom wants you dead.
In your head, you now see a desi super spy with Daniel Craig's cool menace, Tom Cruise's stunt-worthiness, Jason Statham's punches. What you get in Phantom is Saif Ali Khan.
As court-martialled soldier Daniyal, Khan takes the idea of a game face to a whole new level. For all of 147 minutes, he sports precisely one expression, give or take some make up and facial hair. He doesn't move as much as lumber, he is thoroughly indiscreet and everywhere he goes, he sticks out like a sore thumb. If this was because of his good looks, we'd forgive it. But Khan spends the entire film looking both awkward and impassive, as though he's got a hangover and is doing his best to block out the headache.
One can't help but feel that there was hope and a prayer governing the decision to name Katrina Kaif's character Nawaz in Phantom. Sadly, those prayers were not answered. Almost sharing a name with Nawazuddin Siddiqui doesn't ensure the transference of his acting ability. Compared to Khan's one expression, Kaif has none. Whether she's crying over lives lost or reminiscing about having tea at the Taj Mahal Hotel, there's not a hint of emotion to mar her perfect complexion and gorgeous features.
Smartly, director Kabir Khan decides to not rely upon his lead pair's charisma and acting skills to woo the audience. Instead, he takes the audience globe trotting. We begin in Mumbai, move on to Kashmir, London, Chicago, Beirut, a recreated-in-Lebanon Syria and finally land up in Pakistan. In each place, people are killed and Daniyal wrinkles his brow, possibly because he's trying to figure out how much of his beard he should trim since his facial hair changes as much as the landscape in Phantom.
When a film rests upon Khan and Kaif to hold the audience's attention, the action better be explosive and the plot, tightly-wound. The stunts aren't bad in Phantom, but they're not memorable. Still, the sounds of explosions and bullets will at least keep you awake. For the plot, there is only one word: woeful. Phantom could have been a clever film. It borrows heavily from very dramatic, real incidents that are begging to be fictionalised. Only here, the characters are badly drawn, the dialogues are clumsy, the transitions are jumpy and the politics are horribly simplified - it's as though the screenplay was written overnight. The film quickly starts feeling predictable and the strategies to kill the terrorists are not particularly gripping. It doesn't help that one of the plans requires us to watch (and hear) Daniyal doing potty.
But well before art imitates life, you have to wonder about RAW's judgement when we see Daniyal in action the first time around. With Nawaz, Daniyal is first supposed to identify a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative in a packed stadium and then, they're to discreetly follow the suspect around London. Daniyal and Nawaz's behaviour is so shifty and obviously suspicious - Daniyal's midlife-crisis-signalling leather jacket really doesn't help - that it's a wonder they weren't snapped up for questioning by the British security service.
Not only can he not blend in, Daniyal lets Nawaz (a civilian under contract with RAW) know he's going around killing Lashkar operatives. This is not necessarily the best way to keep a top-secret plot, secret. Nawaz then proceeds to get deeply involved in Daniyal's mission to avenge India. Why? Because her daddy used to take her to have tea and chocolate pastry at the Taj when she was a kid. If it's the dessert-flavoured memory that's fuelling her, it's a good thing Nawaz hasn't been back to Bombay and tasted Le 15's chocolate and salted caramel tart.
Kabir Khan also tries the standard trick of casting good actors in key supporting roles, but Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Rajesh Tailang and Zeeshan Ayyub are all wasted on characters that have been badly written. Ayyub, for instance, plays Samit Mishra, a chap who appears in the RAW director's office out of nowhere. We mean this literally. His introductory scene literally has him materialise in the middle of a meeting, on the couch in the RAW director's office, as though he's been beamed in place by Starship Enterprise. Most tragically, he doesn't even get to have chai with Nawaz despite having ventured into enemy waters to save her life.
Things finally turn a little tense in the second half of the film, when Daniyal is in Pakistan and the ISI start closing their net around him. There are a few close calls and at one point, it seems like Daniyal just might get caught after all. Unfortunately, since Daniyal might be the most bland and uncharismatic hero we've seen on screen in years, no one cares if he lives or dies. The man spends 147 minutes killing bad guys - Pakistani bad guys, no less - and the only moment when he drew cheers from the crowd was when he told a baddie called Haaris Saeed that India wants "insaf".
In case you haven't guessed, Haaris Saeed is the stand-in name for Hafiz Saeed. Evidently, his name was changed to Haaris at the last moment since when speaking of him, all the characters' lips say "Hafiz" but voices say "Haaris". Sajid Mir, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, doesn't enjoy that privilege. Even the photo that we're shown of him is quite similar to the photos of Mir that are in circulation.
Considering how Phantom cheerfully borrows from real life and makes no bones about ISI being in cahoots with Lashkar-e-Taiba, it isn't surprising that the film isn't being shown in Pakistan. However, considering just how much of a bore Phantom is, for once the Pakistani courts may just have done our neighbours a favour.

The whole review was about Kabir Khan and the writer, two paragraphs on Saif and two sentences on Katrina (even those one says she's 'adequate' and the other again talks about how Kabir has used her effectively). That is so sad but everyone will give credit to Katrina if the movie is successful, not Saif who is being praised, or Kabir and the writer but only Katrina's popularity. I am glad the movie is getting good reviews for Saif's sake. I will wait to watch until I hear it is good from a reliable source. PV is usually pretty good but still I am sceptical here.

Thankyou PV. Amazing review. Katrina Kaif is a huge crowd puller and no matter what the people who dislike her say, she has managed to shine through every obstacle and remains one of the most popular actress of all time like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Yes she can't act like Kangana and Priyanka, but there's something about her which I cannot put my finger on which makes her different. All the best Katrina and Saif.

Katrina is a crowd puller, yes, but only because people want to see how bad she will be each time so they can have a nice laugh. And that's the truth. Like this if you agree!

May be you watch her movies because of that reason LOL....People watch Katrina's movies because she is hot.She is quite popular in Pakistan esp among men,the movie is not releasing here though..!!

BAKWAS

i hope the good story of phantom is not ruined by katrina's acting abili... no ability i meant

It's funny to read comments like katrina is still a star n she is the reason for the films success. Guys just look at the reviews and business analysyst statements. All the reviewers are focusing on the director and the plot than the actors. Kabir Khan is a brand now. He just delivered a 350 cr film. Films like this, the hero is the script and the gripping narrative. Movies like piku, TWMR, barfi, queen, Mary kom, cocktail, JWM performed well completely due to the performances of the stars involved in these films. The same cannot be said for a film like New York n phantom where it's an issue that is the focus rather than the stars. Katrina is intelligent in choosing her scripts, she knows her strengths and chooses films which doesn't stand on her shoulders but rather on a plot or action. The audience used to flock to the theatres to watch in the past because of the White skin lust n her raunchy item numbers. The same cannot be said about this film. If this film is a success the credit entirely goes to Kabir Khan and not the actors. Not a single reviewer or critic or analyst called that the movie belongs to the stars. Evryone is raving about the gripping narrative and the story pace. They just say that the actors did their part well. Nothing more. So Kabir Khan here's to you. You have emerged as an amazing filmmaker and joined the league of Raju hirani. So happy for you sir.

My cousin's friend watched this movie and actually loved it :v even though he is not fond of kk at all,he did mention that she was commendable as nawaz.
Also he mentioned that its one of saif's best performances in a while.
Hope this movie does well :)
Kudos to the team!let justice prevail :')
Ps:i dont know why ppl drag in hatred and comparisons everywhere :/

No matter what anyone says Katrina has the courage to do different roles and plays them well. Whenever a Katrina movie is released you know that it will be something different. Love or hate her, she is one smart woman!!

Seems to be a good film. If it takes a big opening and becomes a major hit (bigger than Piku) then safe to say Katrina is still the most popular actress and not in decline like some are projecting.

Most of the reviews were only taking about saif. So safe to say Saif has done exceptionally good to have hold the movie solely on his shoulders

So it seems like saif stole the show most the reviews are praising him the most, Congrats saifu :)

Great reviews everywhere, yet jealous DP fans can't handle, must always show so much hate? Too much hatred out there for no reason.

The film got a good start because of saifu :)
and look at the fans of katrina. hungry for katrina's fame. lol.
ek film acha kar gai aur hawa mai urhnay lag gaye.

Just because someone doesn't like Katrina doesn't make them a Deepika fan. Why are Kat fans so dumb to realize that. (madhubala all the way) ;)

happy for katrina

Why? Its going to do nothing to her career..Bang Bang & prior to that Dhoom...in all of them she was the weak link. This movie will work for Kabir Khan. He can make anyone act. Imagine people talking about Salman getting National award. Could anyone imagine that before BBJ:)

Now this movie deserves a watch as it is directed by Kabir :)

Honestly was not expecting such a good review. Good for them!

I think every Indian should watch this movie.

Congratulations KK, KK, SAK :D

Max- 70-85 cr

Nooo max- 45-50 cr :p

Wow!!! Superb reveiw, will watch this movie for sure.

Every review I have seen on this film so far have been praising it. I hope these aren't paid to say good things....(will wait and see when everyone else sees it)

I agree

Next blockbuster for katrina.... she is the lucky mascot.. can't wait to see her in big screen

Wish the mascot was a better actor.

wow 70% PV movie meter thats good, all cristics have liked Phantom till yet Saif Ali Khan,Kabir and Katrina are getting the credit they deserve..
Indians should support good movies and a movie like this definently. I have booked my ticket :-)

is that you Katrina? :P

Don't know about that I have booked my ticket. Watching it no matter what haters say about it. Love you Kat for the courage you have to stand in front of such mean people of my country and also a bully, i do not want to name here.

Great review PV.. Thanks...

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