Director: Rensil D'Silva
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Om Puri, Vivek Oberoi
Information: Contains strong violence, threat and bloody injury detail
Running time: 160mins
BBFC cert: 15
Release date: 20 November 2009 by UTV Motion Pictures
New York-based psychology lecturer Avantika (Kareena ) comes to Delhi to be with her ailing father. She gets a temporary teaching contract at the Delhi University where she meets Professor Ehsaan (Saif). Initial sparks between the two, soon turns to friendship and love.
But when Avantika is requested to return to her New York-based employment, Ehsaan agrees to go with her only if they get married.
They start their married life on American soil and find a place to live, in an Asian neighbourhood occupied by conservative, sullen Muslims. But Avantika is unaware that these people have been victims of the American war against terrorism.
When she discovers the existence of a sleeper terrorist cell in operation, Avantika is sucked into a vortex of danger and intrigue. As her life spirals out of control, Avantika realises she is merely a pawn in a huge deadly game.
Riaz (Vivek) a television reporter, is the only one she can trust in this tension filled drama.
D'Silva makes a power-pack debut as a director with this fast paced, slick thriller. He gives birth to a new breed of budding young directors not scared of working outside Bollywood norms of song and dance melodramas.
Thanks to producer Karan Johar's uncompromised efforts; Kurbaan has that classy Hollywood feel to it. It has it all – love, suspense, drama, action with enough twists keeping you engrossed.
From stylish cinematography, Salim-Sulaiman’s musical score, down to the film’s well-etched extras, it is evident that great detailing has gone into its making.
Saif Ali Khan breezes through his character as the eloquent but confident professor who is ably supported by Kareena Kapoor. You easily notice Saif and Kareena’s unperturbed manner in the intimate scenes because of their real-life romance off-screen.
Whilst Om Puri’s character as the head of the sleeper cell reminds you of his role in the movie, Shoot On Sight, Kiron Kher as the Afgani woman is a revelation to watch after seeing her in countless of comic Bollywood characters.
D'Silva effectively portrays many social issues associated with terrorism but remains neutral throughout.
Kurbaan can be described as one of the gripping and powerful motion pictures to come out of Bollywood due to D’Silva’s skilful direction.
Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent