Phantom (2015) – ‘A Story You Wish Were True’

Rating: 15 strong violence
Genre: Drama Action Thriller
Directed By: Kabir Khan

Run: 2hrs 16 minutes

Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Rajesh Tailang

The title speaks for itself and so does the tagline!  Phantom = Not true – illusory and ‘A story you wish were true’.

Bollywood does it again… another below average churn out. Based on the book ‘Mumbai Avengers’ penned by Hussain Zaidi, the response has been surprisingly debatable.

Personal interest for me because this was the last Bollywood movie I worked on last summer as a Supporting Artist. I have to say I had more fun working on Phantom than I did watching it! But as usual, I ended up on the cutting floor, not even a view of my shoulder could be seen! But, I had more excitement spotting my fellow thespians than the actual plot of the movie.

I won’t bore you with details of the plot or synopsis but it’s nothing you haven’t seen in past from 24, Spooks, James Bond. Mission Impossible or Fury, only Phantom, was lacking in alertness, inactive. Both lead characters had no charisma – it was apparent their heart & soul was not in it.images

It’s hard to comprehend that Kabir Khan released two movies in the space of a month that can be from extreme to another. Bajrangi Bhaijaan gives the message of hope between two international waters, peace and brotherhood and then you have Phantom that just ruins the concept of a novel by making it a predictable cliché. If Phantom does not encourage hatred between two countries I don’t know what will.

As I said earlier Bollywood churns out movie’s like there is no tomorrow. There is no commitment to quality of the end product, from the actors, to the action, to the story line. But, then again that’s 95% of Bollywood movies ingredient!!

Ms Safirah Irani



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