Films based on pre-independence story
It is being seen these days, such as Sera Narasimha Reddy three weeks ago. Some films were introduced with fictional characters such as Thugs of India. ‘Lal Kaptan’ is a similar film.
Originally it is a revenge drama, but to show it something different, the time around 1780 was chosen when the Battle of Buxar was over. The roots of the Mughals were shaking and the British were spreading their feet in India.
Gosai (Saif Ali Khan), a hunter and monk who hunts for the prize, has been looking for Rehmat Khan (Manav Vij) for 25 years. He wants to get his revenge by killing Rehmat.
Gosai learns from Noor Bibi (Sonakshi Sinha) that Rehmat is in Bundelkhand. When he reaches there, Rehmat goes ahead by robbing the treasure of that state.
Marathas also get annoyed by the action of Rehmat. The Marathas seek help from a person (Deepak Dobriyal) who sniffes like a dog, so that they can find Rehmat. On the other hand Gosai also tries to reach Rehmat with the help of a widow (Zoya Hussain).
Why does Gosai want to take revenge on Rehmat? What is the connection between Rehmat and Gosai? Why Gosai has been behind Rehmat for 25 years? The answers to all these questions are found at the end of the film.
Deepak Venkatesh and Navdeep Singh have written the story of the film together. Originally it is the story of Gosai’s revenge in which he has tried to make the film different by adding several tracks. Some things look good, but some are also Akharati. Like Noor Bibi wali baat has no meaning in the film.
Twice Gosai had the chance to take revenge by killing Rehmat, which he deliberately leaves. This is true when watching a film because it is beyond comprehension to leave the person you have been searching for for years. Although an attempt has been made to justify it at the end of the film, it does not work.
Throughout the film, one question continues to haunt why Gosai wants to take revenge from Rehmat? The authors are too late to answer this. Your patience is answered by the time this question is answered a few minutes before the film ends. The answer is not that everyone is hugged.
There is also hope again that the film will say something in the end, some strong things will come out, but it does not happen.
Navdeep Singh is a good director. He has given excellent films like Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) and NH 10 (2015). In the Red Captain too, he impresses with his directorial skills.
In the beginning of the film, he created a good atmosphere and the hope is that we are going to see something new and unique, but due to the weak plot, this hope gradually disappears.
Navdeep also keeps the audience tied for most of the time on the basis of his direction, but he could not control the length of the film, due to which the audience has to be two to four even with boredom. The film keeps moving back and forth over time, which also produces confusion at times.
Shankar Raman has shot the film in an excellent manner. Most of the scenes are of night and lush. Raw and rustic locations make the film beautiful. The forest, mountains, fort, camel-horse, fencing create a different kind of atmosphere and the film can be praised for it.
Saif Ali Khan’s performance is good. He makes his character mysterious on the basis of his look and acting. Manav Vij has been given more chances and could not leave the impact. Deepak Dobriyal appeared in a fun character and was supposed to get more footage. Zoya Hussain leaves her impact while Simone Singh’s acting is mediocre.
The background music of the film is excellent and loud somewhere. The songs suit the mood of the film. Some of the film’s dialogues are worth listening to.
Overall ‘Lal Kaptan’ is ‘Hatke’ in terms of look and feel, but average in terms of script.
Banner: Eros International, Color Yellow Productions
Producer: Anand L. Rai, Sunil A. Lulla
Director: Navdeep Singh
Music: Sameera Koppikar
Artists: Saif Ali Khan, Manav Vij, Zoya Hussain, Deepak Dobriyal, Simon Singh, Sonakshi Sinha (Cameo)
Sensor Certificate: A * 2 hours 30 minutes
Rating: 2.5 / 5