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Ittefaq – Reviews

Ittefaq is adapted from director Abhay Chopra’s grand-uncle Yash Chopra’s film by the same name which was produced by his grandfather – B.R.Chopra in 1969. This film is a loose adaptation and stars Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna

We share some reviews from the newspapers and critics below:

CNN NEWS 18: Rajeev Masand – 2.5/5

Watching Ittefaq, you’re instantly reminded just how good an actor Akshaye Khanna is. He plays an inscrutable police officer investigating a complex double murder, and although the film isn’t perfect, Khanna remains dependably brilliant.  Read More

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NDTV: Saibal Chatterjee – 2.5/5

It is no coincidence that the remake of a suspense-filled thriller from nearly half a century ago falls back on significant plot tweaks – and a major climax-altering epilogue – to try and camouflage a familiar storyline. This Ittefaq goes a little beyond the ending of the original film to keep us guessing a little longer than audiences were in 1969. Read More

The Times Of India: Renuka Vyavahare – 3.5/5

Unlike the linear storytelling of the original, this investigative reboot gets a bit tedious as it simultaneously presents two parallel accounts of Maya and Vikram as they reveal their respective versions of the story to Dev. Read More

Indian Express: Shubhra Gupta – 3/5

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. Despite a few niggles, this brand new Ittefaq, which takes broad pointers from the 1969 original of the same name, manages to pull it off.Read More

Hindustan Times: Rohit Vats  – 3/5

A remake of 1969 hit of the same name, Ittefaq uses Mumbai’s rain-prone environment as a suitable backdrop for the murder mystery. The hazy weather and closed spaces spread a canvas and bracket the audience’s view. It’s all very linear, so one needn’t have a prior understanding of the relationships between the major characters.. Read More

Mumbai Mirror: Kunal Guha – 2.5/5

Fans of the 1969 thriller of the same name, prepare to be sorely disappointed. If the Rajesh Khanna-Nanda starrer was ahead of its time, this one’s outdated and illogical in its construct. Possibly made with the dual intention of surprising those who watched and loved the Yash Chopra thriller, while also serving as a whodunit for those who didn’t   Read More

Mid-Day: Mayank Shekhar – 3/5

t’d take a lot of guts to put together a tight-skinned, song-less mainstream film, starring top A-listers, and to top that, begin the picture with a wholly unrelated, trippy, psychedelic, multi-coloured, rotating animation stinging your eyes in a dark hall for almost three minutes at a stretch, even before the frickin’ opening credits have begun to roll! Wait, what was that for? Well, just!  Read More

Film Companion: Anupama Chopra – 3/5

Ittefaq is the crisp, amoral, intriguing but implausible reworking of Yash Chopra’s 1969 film. The original is an over-dramatic but poignant portrait of two flawed individuals who make a tenuous connection over one night. The man, accused of murder, is actually innocent. The woman, ostensibly an innocent victim, is actually a murderess. Read More

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DNA India: Meena Iyer – 3/5

While on a visit to Mumbai to launch his new book, a UK-based author, Vikram Sethi (Sidharth) lands himself in a soup. His wife Katherine and her lawyer Shekhar are both found dead and the killer is on the run.  Read More

India Today: Samrudhi Ghosh – 3/5

Ittefaq had built up the intrigue early on with its no-promotion strategy, a daring risk taken by the makers, especially at a time when Bollywood is taking promotions to the next level. Story-wise, it has surprisingly little in common with the 1969 film of the same name starring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda, which it was touted to be a remake of.Read More

Feature Photo: Sidharth Malhotra ( Twitter)

Director: Abhay Chopra
Story: Abhay Chopra, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra  Based on Ittefaq by Yash Chopra
Screenplay: Abhay Chopra,  Dialogues- Sajid & Farhad
Producer: Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Gauri Khan, Renu Ravi Chopra, Hiroo Yash Johar
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna & Sonakshi Sinha
Music: Tanishk Bagchi

Cinematography: Michal Luka
Editor: Nitin Baid
Run Time: 1 hour and 47 Minutes

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