Ittefaq Movie Review: Refreshing And Clever

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Ittefaq Movie Review: Refreshing And Clever

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


he first few minutes of Ittefaq, a modern update on the 1969 film of the same name, come uncomfortably close to confirming our assumptions of a mainstream Bollywood thriller.

The film starts off with a flashy car spill involving Siddharth Malhotra (Vikram Sethi) in a crowded Mumbai street on (what then becomes) a rainy night. Malhotra is introduced to us as the famous-novelist-in-distress (who could think he’d play the same role, twice over, after Kapoor And Sons?). As he tries escaping from the police with a near-blank expression on his face, all my hopes from the film also went out of the window. Moreover, Ittefaq’s potential fate as yet another stylishly empty film, desperate to be a whodunit, becomes irrefutable when we see Sonakshi Sinha (Maya) stop a police van on screen next.