The film definitely shows a ‘new’ Vidyut Jammwal but clearly the plot is very simple and dated. You can sense that Vidyut is trying very hard to be a common man and control his air-kicks. But, all his efforts are gone in vain because the plot isn’t uplifting at any place.
The only thing which Khuda Haafiz manages to keep us guessing is when will we see the ‘boiled-in anger’ Commando, Vidyut Jammwal. And, surprisingly we never see it here. Vidyut Jammwal takes a break from his regular high-pitched action movies and tries to play a common man in an uncommon situation. But, the plot of the film in one version or the other is seen a billion times on the screen. Even, the recent, Baaghi 3 had a very similar plot, this one just tries to be different in terms of action but clearly both of them are predictable from the moment you click the play button.
The film starts by showing how Sameer (Vidyut) falls in love with Nargis(Shivaleeka Oberoi). The whole cliched love story is thankfully summed up in a single song. In 2008, during the financial crisis in India, both of them losses their jobs. They, then sign themselves up in a recruitment agency which is delivering easy jobs in the Sultanate Of Noman. Nargis gets a job offer but we obviously know something is fishy. Predictably, Nargis falls in some trouble and then we later come to know that she is kidnapped by some human-traffickers.
The film definitely shows a ‘new’ Vidyut Jammwal but clearly the plot is very simple and dated. You can sense that Vidyut is trying very hard to be a common man and control his air-kicks. But, all his efforts are gone in vain because the plot isn’t uplifting at any place. It was a good decision, to show a real sense of inquiry by the protagonist which Bollywood action films forget most of the time but the director Faruk Kabir isn’t able to make that inquiry appear gripping, everything comes quite easily to Sameer. The film is able to shift and show some aesthetic scenery. In fact, there are some chase scenes in the desert which are made very similar to the one seen in Mad Max: Fury Road.
But, when it comes to creating a proper atmosphere. The film isn’t able to do so. Almost everyone, with whom Sameer meets in the Sultanate of Noman conveniently either speaks Hindi or somewhat understandable English. The very first person he meets there, the taxi driver ( Annu Kapoor) has a contact that reveals the mystery behind Nargis’s disappearance. It isn’t like the film stays away from the action all the time, we definitely see some action sequences and one of the fight scenes in a narrow hallway is quite engaging and it somewhat reminded me of the jail scene of Punisher in the second season of Daredevil. But, other than that there isn’t anything worth remembering.
Shivaleeka Oberoi’s role is underwritten, Shiv Pandit as an Arab officer isn’t able to maintain a proper accent of the place. Aahana Kumar is good but has very limited space. Annu Kapoor did a satisfying job but he isn’t able to make a proper impact. Vidyut Jammwal is quite amazing in controlling his flexes, he tries very hard to appear a scared common man in an alien land. At some moments, he definitely pulls it off but in the end, he fails to make an appreciable impression.
Overall, the only thriller Khuda Haafiz is able to serve is how an action star controls his actions, and other than that it is quite forgettable as soon as it ends.
Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Aahana Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Shiv Pandit.
Director: Faruk Kabir.
Verdict: You can definitely skip this or watch it just for a new Vidyut Jammwal.