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Movie Review: Phantom


Release Date:  August 28, 2015

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Zeeshan Ayub

Direction: Kabir Khan

Genre: Action

Duration: 2 hours 28 minutes

Dialogues like “India chahti hain insaaf”, “America ne Osama ko andar ghush ke maara tha” and “unke ghar mein ghus ke marenge” set the tone for Phantom, which is all about a secret mission by the Indian Intelligence Agency, RAW. The objective of the mission is to seek justice by selectively identifying and killing the primary perpetrators of 26/11 attacks – Sajid Mir, David Coleman Headley, Haris Saeed (real name Hafiz Saeed) and Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi.

The man chosen for the mission is Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) who has a tainted history in the army and lives a life of anonymity. For Daniyal, the mission to punish the people responsible for 26/11 attacks, is his opportunity to win back his lost glory. Daniyal is helped by Nawaz Mistry (Katrina Kaif), the only person who can recognize Sajid Mir, one of the four main culprits.

The storyline is fast paced, as it moves along with its various twists and turns across the globe, from London to Chicago, then Syria and eventually Pakistan.Although there are hardly any dull moments in the movie, there are certain things to ponder over such as Katrina Kaif’s unsullied appearance with her make-up intact even in the battlefield. May be the movie’s director could have done something about it, but we guess it’s okay, considering the demands of the large screen.

Phantom is for everyone who believes that India should actively seek justice and not just let go of the people who perpetrate heinous acts of terrorism in the country. Who knows this piece of fiction may one day become a reality and the culprits of 26/11 would have finally been avenged, just like it does in the movie.

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