If you would have been following Vidyut Jammwal’s movies, you will see a common theme – death-defying stunts minus expressions. Well, you are in for surprise as the action star sheds his fighter image in Khuda Haafiz and transform himself into a common man.
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The arrival of Khuda Haafiz during the pandemic situation couldn’t be better placed as the action thriller brings the memory of the same unforgettable recession that hit the world during 2008 which left many people unemployed. Khuda Haafiz tells the story of a desperate software engineer (Sameer) who travels to Noman (fictitious country) to search for his wife (Nargis) when fraudulent travel agent promises them a job after both of them lose their employment owing to the recession.
While premise of Khuda Haafiz will remind you of movies like Taken, Equalizer and Man On Fire, there are lot of things going on in the Faruk Kabir (Allah Ke Bandey) directed film. Khuda Haafiz opens on a good note and becomes more interesting to watch once Sameer arrives in Noman in search of his wife (for first 1 hour which could have been trimmed by few minutes). The story gets good support from Annu Kapoor, Shiv Panditt and Aahana Kumar (later two play the good cop to help Sameer find his wife)
The next few minutes Khuda Haafiz loses the track when Vidyut Jammwal plans to take action in his own hand. Here you would expect Vidyut to show his action skills but the director kept it real and let the action star emote expressions rather than perform the deadly stunts. The director wanted to surprise the audience with few twist but most of it becomes uninteresting to watch.
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Over the years, Vidyut Jammwal’s filmography has been consistent with jaw-dropping stunts which has been a treat for his fans. However, in Khuda Haafiz, Vidyut Jammwal has transformed into a common man who can feel the pain instead of fighting 20 goons and can even break down during the police investigation. Having said that, Khuda Haafiz is also filled with loopholes especially in the second half which could have been avoided. The songs composed by Mithoon are passable while the editing takes a back seat. What works is the lovely capture of monuments and landscape of Uzbekistan with apt background score. The action scenes, though few, are pretty good, especially the chase scene in the beginning.
Khuda Haafiz lies on the shoulder of two people – Vidyut Jammwal and Annu Kapoor. It is a welcome change for action star Vidyut Jammwal who sheds his action image and rolls into a simple and ordinary guy. Annu Kapoor is as usual outstanding. Shivaleeka Oberoi looks pretty and acts her part well, though she could have been given more screen space. Shiv Panditt and Aahana Kumar do well in their part.
Overall, Khuda Haafiz works well in few parts thanks to the interesting plot, good performances and eye-catching cinematography. 2.75/5