Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Annu Kapoor, Aahana Kumra, and Shiv Panditt
While I am an avid binge-watcher, there are some movies and TV series that do get missed because of life in general. One of the movies that I didn’t get the time to watch was Khuda Haafiz.
However, since I had heard so much about Vidyut Jammwal and his acting skills that I had to watch this one. So this weekend, I sat with a bowl full of popcorn and some coke (yes, I become this junkie during the weekends for some reason), and decided to give Khuda Haafiz a watch.
So here it goes, in all honesty as it is. I began watching the movie and while the whole initial vibe felt nice, I was getting this itch in my throat (not the COVID 19 one) merely 15 mins down the movie. I kept asking my husband, should we continue watching or leave it? Nevertheless, we did decide to finish the movie.
My first problem is with the single tone of expression on Vidyut Jammwal’s face, all throughout the movie, there’s just one expression on his face and that is rage. He looked like someone who was ready to kill at every scene. I wish the director had told him to lose that expression since it wasn’t that typical action movie and sometimes the emotion of a man who lost his wife was desperately needed.
Shivaleeka Oberoi who plays Vidyut’s wife is expressionless. I mean she has a pretty face, but even she could have done with some more expressions on her face.
Another thing that took me down was the fake middle eastern accent. I believe if you can’t make it sound like it’s real, please don’t do it. No point making it sound stupid. And what shocked me in this was the fake name of the country, the name was Noman, which is just an N added to Oman. In fact, they even ended up showing Noman on a map in the same place where the real Oman is. Why couldn’t you get slightly innovative?
The side cast on the other hand including Annu Kapoor, Aahana Kumra, and Shiv Panditt are surprisingly very good. I mean, you’ll prefer the supporting cast more than the lead in this movie particularly.
The plot of Khuda Haafiz was good if only the direction and the lead acting could have been done in a manner that would convert this movie into a good one.
I’d only be able to give Khuda Haafiz 2 stars because there were more misses than hits in this one.