Shiva (Sunil Shetty) is a professional hit man. Shiva accepts a contract from Jindal (Mohan Joshi) to kill Vikram (Mukul Dev). Circumstances force Shiva to come to know Mukul first, and instead of killing him, he becomes his bodyguard and protects him against Jindal and his men. Soon Shiva, Mukul, and Mukul's girlfriend Roshni Hiranandani (Pooja Batra) are on the run from Jindal's men. Jindal makes it clear that he will not rest until he sees the dead bodies of all the three. How long will they survive Jindal? Did Shiva really change his mind or is this his strategy to bring Mukul alive to Jindal?Wikipedia
Ittefaq is crisp at 107 minutes, but not particularly brisk. It’s well shot and skillfully executed, but the big climactic twist is entirely unconvincing.
The film manages to sustain itself post that dreaded interval, the one thing that can sink mysteries. In fact, there’s more briskness and confidence in the way the all the characters come across, and very little time is wasted as we go along.
To me, the big and mysterious crime this film brings to light is the way Sidharth Malhotra now finds himself typecast as a novelist. It happened in Kapoor And Sons, and it happened here again, in this film that describes him as a "mashoor novelist" and where cops chase a murder suspect down the street yelling "Ei, writer!" as if it were an expletive. Then again, to those who make Hindi cinema these days, perhaps it is.
The plot is not absolutely water-tight (the movie would have blown you away with its twists, if that was the case), but Chopra does put his resources to good use. Ittefaq tries its best to create intrigue, and doesn’t give the audience a lot of time to think twice about a single event. That is its biggest achievement.Ittefaq is a decent crime story that will keep you hooked, and guessing.
Ittefaq entrusts all its cracking scenes and lines to an efficient ensemble of actors.
As far as its final twist goes, Ittefaq is a whocareswhodunit but what it does have, as compensation, is the shock and suggestiveness of pulp served hot.
Ittefaq is not a taut thriller that you expect it to be. But if patience is your asset, this unhurried suspense drama can be watched for Akshaye Khanna's crackling screen presence, acting prowess and sublime charm. Why he doesn't do films more often is the bigger mystery here.
n his debut film, Chopra seems to have enough control of his craft to never drift too far away from the core; and even though the twist in the tale doesn’t entirely come as a surprise, “Ittefaq” still manages to keep you hooked enough to want to know what happens in the end.
...if you're a die-hard fan of murder mysteries this one may hold some magic for you.
There is a slight touch of humour at the expense of the Mumbai police, that is quite enjoyable. But it is the mystery at the centre of the story that is the true winner of the film.
Want to live 100 minutes of suspense? Go for it before the spoilsports come in to ruin everyone’s experience. By the interval, you’ll feel you know what’s going on, but sit back and see yourself getting proved wrong.
...don’t remember the last time I watched a full-on, no-nonsense, whodunit Hindi mainstream murder mystery in a theatre, with no way to talk about it but to urge you to see it, because that’s the only way we can discuss it any further. I think you should check it out, just so we can take this conversation offline, to start with!
Do yourself a favour. Don’t watch this pale inert uninvolving remake. Watch the original.And see why Rajesh Khanna was the greatest star-actor ever.
Ittefaq may not be perfect, but it is clever enough. Bollywood rarely does thrillers well. This one is not brilliant, but it is fun while it lasts.
If the lead actors: Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha weren't so passionless in trying hard to be mysterious, this film could have been less painful to watch.
In order to be curious, fascinated, intrigued about these deaths, one needs to care about the characters, believe in their stories. The look and feel is in place and so is the big twist. These two factors make Ittefaq a serviceable thriller, but not a genre-defining experience.
Audience Reviews for Ittefaq
Capsule Review: Ittefaq
There is definitely luster in Ittefaq which depends heavily on its plot about two murders that take place within the span of a few hours. Lead man Sidharth Malhotra plays a thriller writer who is accused of both the murders which are being investigated by a smart-Alec cop (Akshaye Khanna). It is a pleasure to see Khanna act on screen mimicking his role previously seen in Mom (2017), and Malhotra surprisingly follows-up with a charming performance after a laudable work in Raj and DK's "A Gentleman" earlier this year. But none of these help this crime thriller from revealing its textbook style of manipulation. It is obvious from the first frame that you are going to experience few twists and turns in this whodunit, but for the film to succeed, it needs impeccable attention to details and minimized plot holes. However, both these factors stare at your face when you think about it - especially in the last 20 minutes. Sonakshi Sinha is thankfully not annoying but her portrayal of this lonely housewife who does more than household chores during her day time is not entirely convincing. Maybe her character is written like that, but Sinha's mediocre acting chops glaringly show. Director Abhay Chopra has carved a thriller that is inspired by Hollywood flicks that we enjoy but a bit more tightness and attention to details to cover the goof-ups would have made it a more worthwhile experience. Right now, you can appreciate Ittefaq for its cast, the slightly interesting plot, and a smooth cinematography. TN.
Ittefaq review: "Sluggish early on but finishes impressively!!!"
November is here & this month boasts of some impressive movies lined up that I have been eagerly looking forward to for quite a while. Among them is "Ittefaq" which has hit the screens this weekend & has got Akshaye Khanna in the lead along with Siddharth Malhotra & Sonakshi Sinha. Interestingly, it is produced by SRK & Karan Johar among others; & from the looks of it, it seems like a stylized murder mystery. So will it do justice to the genre that it proclaims & give our money's worth???
The story unfolds on a rainy Mumbai night with the police hot on the heels of Vikram Sethi (Siddharth Malhotra), acclaimed writer based in Britain; for the suspected murder of his wife. He had flown down to Mumbai along with his wife for the launch of his second book, but before that event could materialize, his wife gets murdered in the hotel. Naturally Vikram was the prime suspect & that argument bore weight when he evade the polices. He eventually meets with an accident & seeks shelter in an upscale apartment which belonged to the lawyer, Shekhar & his wife, Maya (Sonakshi Sinha). Soon enough, the police tracks him down & discover Shekhar being murdered in the residence. The case was entrusted upon Inspector Dev Verma (Akshaye Khanna) & he had to solve both the murders in the span of three days. Even though, the initial circumstantial evidence painted Vikram to be the culprit; it wasnt exactly an open & shut case especially since both Vikram & Maya narrated different versions as to what transpired in the apartment. So were both the murders mere coincidence or was it connected???
The project has been helmed by debutant Abhay Chopra, who as some of you guys might have suspected belongs to the famed Chopra lineage. So it's quite natural for him to be influenced by his accomplished relatives which might be the reason why he had decided to remake Yash Chopra's (uncle) "Ittefaq" (1969). The basic premise is the same except for a couple of changes that Abhay has incorporated in the screenplay. Even though it has a running time of just 107 minutes, the early part is rather sluggish as the script fails to impart the urgency. However, the latter half picks up the pace & culminates in a predictable yet thrilling climax. Michal Luka's frames were exquisite while Nithin Baid's editing could have been crisper.
Akshaye Khanna was fantastic as the cop which he underplays it convincingly both in his body language & dialogue delivery. The same cant be said about the other two leads namely Siddharth & Sonakhi. The former looked rather unsure early on & lacked conviction, but from the second half onwards he was bang on in conveying his emotions. However, Sonakshi's role didnt quite have any variations which meant it was a rather one dimensional performance that wont make the audience connect.
Verdict: The genre & lack of huge stars, invariably means it will be a slow mover at the box office. Whatever it manages to garner will be solely based on whether the audience were hooked onto the murder mystery. Frankly speaking, it's a movie that deserves praise for the effort it has gone into it as it will surely interest the audience for large parts. In short, give it a try!!!
Better than the original. An instant classic!!
Ittefaq is a very witty, thrilling, taut and well-acted whodunnit mystery film which sustains well post-interval which nowadays most films do not. Akshaye Khanna shines brightly at the centre of this jigsaw and he's ably supported by Sid and rest of the support cast (Special mention to one who played the constable). Abhay Chopra shines in his directorial debut and is likely to become a big director in the future. The film is also short and doesn't have any songs in it, making the script watertight, crisp also nd effecient. It is shot beautifully and the (background) music by Tanishk Bagchi works.
There are a few negatives, though. Sonakshi doesn't work very well in looking mysterious and the films non-linear narrative feels repetitive and confusing. But you can just watch the movie for the climatic twist at last and you'll be impressed. Would've given it 4 stars but the extra half star is purely for that man who never fails to impress - Akshaye Khanna. I wonder why doesn't make films more often.