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'Laal Kaptaan' review: Has scale in the story, but lacks skill to see it through

The narrative tests your patience and lets down an engaging concept.

ET Bureau|
Oct 21, 2019, 10.55 AM IST
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Saif Ali Khan brings intensity to his character.
Film: Laal Kaptaan
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Director: Navdeep Singh
Cast: Saif Ali Khan,Zoya Hussain,Manav Vij,Deepak Dobriyal
'Laal Kaptaan' is a sweeping period drama, with revenge as its central theme. But despite the brutal action and a number of sub-plots and interesting characters, the film has too many scenes that are long drawn. Ultimately, the narrative tests your patience and lets down an engaging concept.

Gossain (Khan) is a Nagasadhu who is thirsty for revenge, seeking out Rehmat Khan (Vij), with whom he has a score to settle. Rehmat Khan, meanwhile, is pure evil, slashing people up. The characters that Gossain meets along his journey, including a blink and miss cameo by Sonakshi Sinha, pad up the story.
Director Navdeep Singh, who made 'NH10' and 'Manorama Six Feet Under', is let down by a shaky script.
Director Navdeep Singh, who made 'NH10' and 'Manorama Six Feet Under', is let down by a shaky script.

Dobriyal plays one such comical character with ease, while Hussain makes an impact with her role. Ultimately, this is a setting for lead actor Saif Ali Khan, who brings intensity to his character. But the resemblance to Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow gets in the way.

Also, Vij isn’t a strong enough adversary for him and as the script meanders, so does your attention. Director Navdeep Singh, who made 'NH10' and 'Manorama Six Feet Under', is let down by a shaky script. The sense of tension that pervaded his previous films is lacking here. 'Laal Kaptaan' has scale in its story, but it lacks the skill to see it through.

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