'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.
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.
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.