Laal Kaptaan movie review: A weak plot leaves characters struggling for relevance


Written by Shubhra Gupta
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 18, 2019 8:28:34 pm

Laal Kaptaan film overview: Saif Ali Khan, who spends most of his time togged out as Naga sadhu, is a sight.

Laal Kaptaan film solid: Saif Ali Khan, Manav Vij, Deepak Dobriyal, Zoya Husain, Simone Singh
Laal Kaptaan film director: Navdeep Singh
Laal Kaptaan film score: 1.5 stars

Laal Kaptaan, set in pre-Independence India, tracks a naga sadhu who’s on a harmful quest. We observe Gossain (Khan) as he makes his means by the hilly ravines of Bundelkhand, dotted with castles and caves and armed contingents of British, Mughal and Maratha troopers, battling bandits-with-‘inaam’-on-their-heads, and being tasked by masked ladies with scarred cheeks-and-souls. It is all very picturesque, but it surely’s additionally fairly pointless.

Navdeep Singh has by no means bettered his debut, Manorama Six Feet Under, a ‘desi’ edgy model of Chinatown. His NH10, regardless of the bumpy patches, known as out patriarchy, whereas retaining us engrossed. But I’m unsure the place he’s going with this: there are flashes once you really feel the movie will lastly say one thing necessary, however then it lapses again into stodgy set-pieces which go on and on.

Saif Ali Khan, who spends most of his time togged out as naga sadhu, face streaked with white and black, lengthy dreadlocks snaking down his again, wielding swords and scabbards, is a sight. So is Deepak Dobriyal, who performs a form of jokey funster, and he has one of the best traces within the movie, so does slightly Maratha princeling who’s the butt of many jokes. Manav Vij, who was so good in Andhadhun, comes off comparatively colourless. Hussain is putting as a kohl-eyed lower-caste dusky lady pitted towards a good, lovely queen (Singh).

But the plot, equivalent to there may be, doesn’t maintain, making the characters battle for relevance. The final (and first) time Khan and Dobriyal break up screen-time was in Omkara, they usually performed completely off one another. In Laal Kaptaan they’re each males on the chase, and there’s a second round a big bonfire the place they break right into a primal jig, that’s visually gorgeous, and you are feeling that the tone and steadiness these two obtain in that sequence is the place the movie has its beating coronary heart.

The relaxation is a protracted meander punctuated by the occasional dialogue about life and demise, which is supposed to be profound however finally ends up being banal.

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