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Blind Review: Sonam Kapoor’s Comeback Film Is Dry As Dust

Despite decent performances by Sonam Kapoor and Vinay Pathak, the crime-thriller fails to be an engaging one-time watch.

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Blind Movie Review: Sonam Kapoor in a still from the film
Blind Movie Review: Sonam Kapoor in a still from the film.

JOINING the bandwagon of international film remakes in Bollywood is JioCinema’s latest release, Blind. The film marks the comeback of Sonam Kapoor Ahuja after a gap of over 4 years and is the remake of the 2011-Korean film by the same name.

While a crime-thriller is one of the most intriguing and twisted genres in movies, only a few filmmakers have been able to get it right on screen. Unfortunately, director Shome Makhija isn’t one of them. 

Blind revolves around a cop, Gia Singh who also takes care of her brother. One day while picking him from a concert, she ties him in handcuffs. The duo get into a heated argument when the car is crashed by a high-speed truck, resulting in the death of Gia’s brother.

After the accident, Gia loses her eyesight and is also dismissed from her duties. One day while traveling back from her adoption home, she gets into a taxi and suspects something fishy going on in the boot of the car.

She then notices that a kidnapping of a woman took place and suspects the kidnapper to be the taxi driver she met the night before. Gia contacts the police and becomes a part of the investigation along with an officer and an eye-witness to get justice to the victims.

The hopes were high from Sonam, who makes her comeback in films post a 4-year long break. The actor performs decently, but fails to get into the skin of the character. At some points, you see more of Sonam the actor than Gia the character in the movie, proving that not everyone can pull off playing a blind person on screen as effortlessly as Ayushmann Khurrana in Andhadhun.

Vinay Pathak as the detective Prithvi lights up every frame he enters. The actor manages to pull off some punches and delivers a good performance despite restricted screen time.

Purab Kohli tries his best to look convincing as the serial killer on the loose, but ends up with an unimpressive act. 

Director Shome Makhija, who is known for delivering engaging thrillers including Badla and T3en, is let down by a weak screenplay. Most of the film seems to be blind rehash of the original Korean movie and thus fails to establish any connection with the audiences.

Blind lacks a powerful screenplay and fails to establish a strong background story of a character. Purab Kohli’s character will remind you of the plot of Murder 2. But unlike that film, no time has been spent on the character’s back story to help you connect and understand why the antagonist is the way he is.

Even with a runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes, Blind seems dragged and ends up being a snoozefest. Powerful performances by lead stars Vinay Pathak, Purab Kohli and Sonam go in vain with a dull and boring narrative, with the film lacking the thrills needed to make it a good watch.

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