“Phantom”, director Kabir Khan’s latest project based on S Hussain Zaidi’s “Mumbai Avengers”, starring Bollywood’s “other Khan” who goes by the name of Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif. If “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was a marvelous piece of cinema than “Phantom” doesn’t even come close. Lot of people thought that maybe this time around Bollywood can churn up its own spy action thriller but sadly this wasn’t the case. Saif and Kat did not display the best of acting displays and the script wasn’t that solid either.

“Phantom” like many other contemporary action flicks of this era is based on the idea of redemption against terrorists who carried out 26/11. These revenge fantasies aren’t a bad idea if combined with a decent logic and a proper plot of all things. How on earth can a disgraced army man Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) be assigned to single handedly take down terrorists from all over the globe from Chicago, Beirut, Syria and culminating in Pakistan? For a moment lets switch off the analytical parts of our brain and believe this fantasy but how can one believe that a terrified security analyst named Nawaz (Katrina Kaif) be the perfect sidekick for this adventure. Why a pretty girl is even named Nawaz in the first place?

Phantom from the get go fails to show any substance. Daniyal Khan easily dispatches David Coleman Headley and Daniyal Khan is shown as someone who even Jason Bourne would envy as he easily walks around Lahore to eliminate Hafiz Saeed or Haris Saeed as it’s shown in the film. You heard it right; the people who are shown to have carried out such a sophisticated attack on Mumbai are nothing for our superhero, superhuman and super-spy Daniyal Khan.

The narrative is tedious and very unconvincing. Katrina Kaif fails justify her position as the lead actress in the movie as she remains detached from her character throughout the film. Maybe she should do rom-coms with Ranbir Kapoor. The action is far from anything convincing.

Phantom comes across as jingoistic piece of propaganda which can only be described as an unimaginative action fantasy. Saif is still far behind the “Big 3 Khans” and director Kabir Khan should think real hard about why it worked for “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and why it didn’t for Phantom.

Verdict 1.5/5


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