Brilliant performances from Akshaye Khanna and Sidharth Malhotra are the mainstay of this murder-mystery suspense thriller that keeps you engrossed throughout the movie culminating into an unpredictable end.
Directed by Abhay Chopra, it is based on and inspired on his grandfather B R Chopra’s Ittefaq (1969) which was a Rajesh Khanna-Nanda starrer with a contemperory adaptation and a complete change in the climax from the original film.
The film does not have any songs which lends seriousness to the high-profile double murder investigation lead by the no-nonsense Police Officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna). It begins on a rainy night where a Noted novelist and a NRI Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) has just launched his new book and returns to his hotel only to find his wife murdered and lying still on the floors. Vikram calls the police who instead begin to doubt him as the murderer and is being taken to the Police Station for further interrogation.
Vikram manages to escape and drives away in his car which unexpectedly over-turns and the novelist manages to escape from the car and seek help in a nearby building where he notices the lights of a house on the third floor. Vikram struggles to climb the stars to reach the apartment where he finds Maya Sinha (Sonakshi Sinha) alone in the house.
Maya hesitantly lets Vikram make an emergency phone call from her house and while he is doing so, she sees the news on Television about the murder of a lady in a hotel and the police are on the hunt of prime suspect Vikram Sethi who is present in front of her. Maya somehow manages to escape out of her house and seek help from the Police Van on patrol duty. She leads the police to her house only to find her husband killed, lying still on the floor and Vikram Sethi standing besides staring back at the sops.
Then enters Dev Verma (Akshaye Khanna) into the scene who is been given 3 days to solve the double-murder as the case involoves a high profile UK based novelist who has been charged for the murder of his wife as well as that of Maya’s husband.
The narration keeps on switching to Vikram’s version and simultaneously that of Maya’s version who are contradictory to each one’s story. Inspector Dev is under pressure to solve the case before the weekend. And here are the people present at the crime scene calling each other a lier and instead pointing fingures between them. Naturally one of them has to be the killer.
There is not a single moment in the film which lets you sit at ease. The more the story proceeds, more complex it becomes with the viewer realizing the futility of keeping Vikram Sethi in the detection room for questioning since there is no possibilty of him getting bail with him being arrested on Friday night.
Ittefaq is the best crime suspense thriller of the year with superlative performance from Akshaye Khanna who actually and realistically looks and acts like a real cop. Sidharth Malhotra has improved by yards in his efforts to get into the role. There are several moments in the film which again actually make you feel sorry for the novelist who is unnecessarily kept in the lock up just because it happens to be a weekend and more so, since the police officers do not have any clue about the murderer. Sidharth has learnt to emote the pain he is going through in the detention centre through his eyes.
A classy murder-suspense-thriller which keeps you hooked and guessing till the end.
Akshaye Khanna as Dev (Investigating Officer)
Sidharth Malhotra as Vikram Sethi (Noted novelist)
Sonakshi Sinha as Maya Sinha
Samir Sharma as Shekhar Sinha
Pavail Gulati as Chirag
Kimberly Louisa McBeath
Based on the film Ittefaq (1969)
Production Companies: Dharma Productions, Red Chillies Entertainment, B.R. Studios
Directed by Abhay Chopra
Produced by Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Gauri Khan, Renu Ravi Chopra, Hiroo Yash Johar
Written by Abhay Chopra, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra
Screenplay by Abhay Chopra
Music by Tanishk Bagchi
Cinematography by Michal Luka
Edited by Nitin Baid
Ittefaq movie review