Kambakkht Ishq: You have to see it to believe it

July 3, 2009

A feeling of numbness and disbelief is not uncommon after a movie-watching experience. Sometimes you are awed by the sheer vision of the director or the depth of a particular performance. Sometimes, it is a thought expressed, or an expression that stays with you.

But after watching “Kambakkht Ishq”, I was left numb at the thought someone could make such a bad film.

Yes, there is no other word for it. This extremely expensive film, with cameos by Hollywood stars and flashy fight sequences, isn’t quite the entertainer it promised to be.

Akshay Kumar is Viraj Shergill, a stuntman in Hollywood who likes to play the field. Aftab Shivdasani plays his younger brother, Lucky, who falls in love and gets married to Kamini (Amrita Arora).

Kareena Kapoor plays Simrita Rai, Kamini’s best friend and a part-time model and medical student who has a militant hatred of men, believing that they want “only one thing.”

Of course, in the tradition of Bollywood love stories, Viraj and Simrita hate each other at first sight and indulge in some mindless bickering in the first half.

There are also mindless song sequences, some corny double meaning innuendos, and jokes which lack punch and are often offensive — especially to women.

Then, to make matters worse, Viraj meets with an accident on the sets and ruptures his intestines. Guess who gets to operate on him? Yes, you guessed right.

So when Simrita operates on our hero, she mistakenly leaves behind a watch in his body.

Viraj walks out of the hospital with a watch lodged near his intestines and our heroine is left wondering how she can get him back on the operating table and get rid of the offensive object without being sued.

This is the problem the film focuses on in the second half of the film.
Hollywood actors Sylvester Stallone puts in an appearance as himself in two scenes as does Bond girl Denise Richards.

Richards even agrees to marry Viraj, before she is unceremoniously dumped for Kareena in the climax. And don’t miss the scene in which all of Hollywood stands up for “India’s national anthem” in the Kodak theatre. It’s hilarious, especially because it isn’t meant to be.

Of the performances, Jaaved Jaffrey and Boman Irani play some of the most mindless roles in film history. Kirron Kher, (who has perfected the loud, Punjabi mother act by now), hams it up as Kareena’s aunt and Aftab Shivdasani and Amrita Arora look like they would rather be home asleep in bed than on the sets of this film.

Kareena Kapoor is stuck with what is barely a role, and though she tries hard to pull it off, you feel no sympathy for her character. But it is Akshay Kumar who is the real disappointment.

Here is an actor who has managed to pull off some of the most badly written roles of recent times — whether “Welcome” or a “Singh is Kinng” — he manages to look good in a bad film.

In “Kambakkht Ishq”, his magic fails and his famed penchant for humour is nowhere to be seen.

This is a movie that is so bad, you have to see it to believe it. So go buy tickets.


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I think its a remake of a tamil movie in which Simran leaves a watch inside Kamal Hassan’s belly.

Posted by Krishna | Report as abusive

the picture ate my money itzzzzzzzzzzz just a waste of time so don’t go to watch it

Posted by akash | Report as abusive

Its my humble request that rather dan venting out ur frustration in everyday normal life by passing silly comments, its better to focus on ur work and carve a niche 4 urself….of course u may not be as successful and famous as AKKI but u can try 2 max possible extent…!!!!

and yea..dont forget 2 watch KAMBAKKHT ISHQ..irrespective of flop or hit…i m damn sure AAM JUNTA doesn’t look 4 ART HOUSE cinema…had dat been d case parzania or black friday would have made records…not SINGH IS KINNG or WELCOME……KAMBAKKHT ISHQ is made to entertain us..NOT TO GIVE US an opportunity to simply write off hard work by writing few silly comments…even my maid who has been learning english can do this pretty well…!!!

and to those who wanna criticise it badly, this is not the section…u better wait for naseeruddin shah movies and comment provided the fact that u really love quality cinema and r not simply ANTI-AKKI

its a COMPLETE PAISA VASOOL 4 aam junta…a mad cap ENTERTAINER…. It is Big, Bold, Bindaas Brand Akshay Kumar at its best,and yea, if u r really art loving person rather than just tryng to show ur knowledge on hindi cinema by writing off such a huge venture, i would advise u not to watch the movie…rather sit back at home and get couple of dvds like parzania or khuda kay liye

Posted by SID | Report as abusive


Classic Indian mentality. Cannot take criticism. Its the duty of a journalist to call it as she sees it. Of course you wouldn’t understand what that means.

Its exactly because of this that movies like A Wednesday, Black Friday are not hits… because your ‘aam junta’ which includes your maid and highly paid engineers cannot appreciate class when they see it.

The just want some ‘masala’, a little bit of skin, some mindless comedy and some loud music. Oh wait, I should have just said … an AK movie.

Let me guess, you are a David Dhawan fan right?

Come on man… grow up. What do you do for a living? I admit AK handles comedy very nicely, but that doesn’t make all his acts great.

Posted by Bobby | Report as abusive

No surprises that this is no good. None at all.

Here’s a review: http://illtellyou.wordpress.com/2009/07/ 03/kambakkht-ishq/

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

bakvas movie, please dont waste your money.

Posted by shaddu | Report as abusive

in this picture /…………..

kareena give good performence……

Posted by AFTAB ALAM | Report as abusive

It appears just like a remake of a Tamil Film named Pammal K Sambandham dubbed into Telugu as Brahmachari…..

Posted by Vempati Venugopal | Report as abusive

Thanks for this site

Posted by enam us shakur | Report as abusive

good review.you share movie reviews and other news with your city folks at citypad.in too. any way thanks

Posted by lakshman | Report as abusive

this movie is quite impressive to hilight the modern poverty in india as far as deficiency of dress material provided to karena kapoor is concern.

Posted by r k gupta | Report as abusive

The real irony is… people will go and watch why this is being call pathetic film…which itself will make it HIT! :-)

Posted by Abhi | Report as abusive

It’s just a bad masala movie, wafer thin story line, predictable sequences, lot of skin (White and brown), delebrate kissing scenes and few songs here and there with famous starcast….

Money and time wasted in watching Kmabakth…

Posted by Alok | Report as abusive

this movie was sooo gud i have to see it twice to believe it…

Posted by Sreejit Bhattacharya | Report as abusive

An absolute shocker of a review, if one may stoop to call this a review. First, it basically spoils all fun by giving the story start to finish and goes on to judge that everything is bad. Till I read this, never knew “corny double meaning innuendos” existed.

Time people grew up, set their hypocrisy aside and watched a movie for what it is worth. Found Akshay Kumar playing a mature role, the dialogues were spontaneous and the director has done a good job with the film made in a smooth, racy style.

In general life we do everything adult-style, then suddenly we remember our eight-year-old son or daughter will pick up something they shouldn’t, so early. Do we judge a Hollywood movie for the four-letter words?

In all, a nice entertaining film shorn of the usual Bollywood hypocrisy. By the way, the music was bad!

Posted by ananth | Report as abusive

Thanks for the timely information you saved my money.
Time of introspection both for akki & karina.
Public is no fool.

Posted by vks raipur | Report as abusive

oh my dear indian some bandars, its a super hit movie. its in UK top 10 movies. it happened first time in uk when some bollywood movie comes in top 10.todays rank is 7.look at guardian the uks top news paper. the link is
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/ 2009/jul/07/ice-age-public-enemies-micha el-mann

if you can laugh at laloo jadavs jokes why can’t you laugh at akshay kumar who is a super star.
this is a must watch movie and don’t listen to cheap bloggers.

Posted by dr singh | Report as abusive

I have recently seen movie, to be honest i liked it, but for an indian movie, it did contain alot of skin showing. A good movie can be made without the rude remakes and skin showing. If all indians were follwing Karrena and Akshay, then im sorry to say they will be no respect left for women or men.

Posted by ashley | Report as abusive

Movie was great but cannot watch it with kids, it has soo much of rude words. India makes beautiful clothes, what happended tp Kareena dress size, seems like she didn’t have much material to work with. poor thing much be suffering from Western Culture shock. please do not compare with Western people. it looks really pathetic and sleazy. Look luck to the people who are going to watch it.

Posted by Tina | Report as abusive