Ittefaq: Good but not gripping

Ittefaq starts on an intriguing not, however, the film gets disappointing as it progresses. The pace of the film is very slow. The first half is tedious and slow, but the action picks up a bit post interval…towards the end (but its too late by then ). Akshaye Khanna’s cop act is perhaps one of the smoothest performances of 2017!

This is another case, where the promotion of the movie was good, it created the right buzz, the makers even delayed the release of the film in UAE (released one day earlier than in India) to ensure there were no spoilers. But, the movie turned out to be a bit disappointing. The movie doesn’t keep you hooked for long and the makers failed to build enough tension throughout the movie. The only thing that’s worth appreciating in the movie is Akshaye Khanna, makes you wonder why he doesn’t do many films.

Ratings:3/5 Review By:Renuka Site:Times Of India
Abhay Chopra retains the theme of the original and infuses his own twists and turns to the story. While his efforts are sincere and understated, there’s a lot that gets lost in translation. Overall, 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.

Ratings:1.5/5 Review By:Raja Sen Site:NDTV
There are two murders, there are two suspects, and there is one scowling police detective trying to unravel things on a very rushed timeline. Yet, for the sake of some non-linear flipfloppery, we have interrogations stretched over several days, as if the cop is only allowed to ask them one flashback’s worth of questions at a go. Despite the relatively brisk running time and a double murder at its heart, the case runs cold and Abhay Chopra’s film emerges unforgivably dull. The young man next to me in the theatre vanished after the intermission while I sighed enviously at the screen. ‘Who cares who dun it’ really doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Ratings:3/5 Review By:Rohit Site:Hindustan Times
It’s not that plot is absolutely water-tight, or you will be totally blown away by the twists, but Abhay Chopra has put his resources to a good use. Ittefaq tries its best to create intrigue and doesn’t give the audience much time to think over the events twice. That’s its biggest achievement. Ittefaq is a decent enough crime-story to keep you hooked and guessing.

Ratings:3/5 Review By:Shubhra Site:Indian Express
A good murder mystery leads you by the hand but doesn’t advertise its wares, takes care to keep it taut, and delivers a satisfactory payoff. And despite a few niggles, Ittefaq (which takes broad pointers from the 1969 original of the same name) manages to pull it off. Ittefaq is that rare Bollywood creature: a smart, gripping whodunit which keeps us guessing.

Ittefaq Story

Dev (Akshaye Khanna), a police officer, is investigating a double murder case that has only two witnesses, who are also the prime suspects. The suspects – Vikram (Sidharth Malhotra), an acclaimed writer, and Maya (Sonakshi Sinha), a young homemaker, have different narratives about the events of that fateful night. Both the stories seem true but there can only be one truth.

Ittefaq Trailer

Ittefaq Release Date: Nov 3, 2017 ( India)
Director: Abhay Chopra
Producer: Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha
Run Time: 1 hours and 44 Minutes