This movie like the name denotes takes off from the 1969 film Ittefaq directed by Yash Chopra. And interestingly, the director of the 2017 Ittefaq is Yash Chopra’s grand-nephew. ‘Ittefaq’ is a murder mystery which has numerous twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the very end. And you find yourself surprised in the end as to who is the murderer? Yes! The thriller is a star-studded affair with Siddharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna in lead roles. Akshaye who was last seen on the big screen in Sridevi starrer MOM has paired up with Sonakshi and Siddharth for the first time to bundle out an impact performance in Ittefaq.
It is a rainy night in Mumbai when London-based author Vikram Sethi (Siddharth Malhotra) is running away from the cops only to end up in a flat caught red-handed by them standing over a dead body. Maya’s (Sonakshi Sinha) husband Shekhar is lying dead on the floor and she runs out into the rainy night to bring the cops home. Vikram is arrested for the murder of Shekhar and that’s when the tale starts to unfold. Vikram’s wife is also found dead the same night at a luxury hotel. Did he commit this double murder? How did his wife die? Why did he end up in Maya’s flat? What’s the motive behind the murders and are they connected at all?
In comes investigating officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna) who takes the case by the horns so to speak. He starts to interrogate both Vikram and Maya and unravels the complicated case and put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Though you may have seen many murder mysteries, ‘Ittefaq’ is different primarily because of the cast and the way their characters are etched out. Akshaye Khanna as Dev is a delight on screen given the contrasting shades the director has bestowed on him. For instance, Dev has OCD about cleanliness and yet works in a dingy police station in Colaba. Sonakshi Sinha carries off Maya with ease, but it is Siddharth Malhotra who is the revelation in the film. It is perhaps Siddharth’s best performance till date. The role of Vikram Sethi has given him ample scope to perform and he has delivered.
Director Abhay Chopra has ensured that the narration is tight (for the most part) and this is what keeps the audience hooked onto the film. There are very few giveaways as well so it doesn’t make the film predictable.
Ittefaq is one of the better films out from Bollywood this year. Don’t miss it!