Khuda Haafiz is a hackneyed story, highly predictable with an unappealing and cliche climax. The film begins great, with promising layers, but falls flat as it unfolds
Khuda Haafiz is an old chestnut story, a typical hero saves the heroine story that has lost its attractive scent for way long time. There is nothing that can garnish this half baked cake, except for the locations and cinematography.
Sameer and Nargis, who lose their jobs due to a worldwide recession, try for jobs in Gulf countries. As the wheel of fortune spins in their favor, Nargis gets a job in Oman. With a plan to go to Nargis as soon as Sameer too gets a job there, he sends her to Oman alone. Soon does he comes to know that something went wrong and Nargis’s life is in danger. To save the love of his life, he sets out to Oman, and what happens there forms the plot of the story.
Khuda Haafiz is a story that has gone out of fashion. Nevertheless, it could have been better if there was something new in the narrative. Even some strong actions or a climactic ending could have saved it but with everything left to the old school style, it does not fly high.
Vidyut Jammwal has given a performance that shakes you up at first, but then it seems as if he lost interest in the story. Shivaleeka Oberoi does not have much screen time. The locations and cinematography are great, but writing steeps down with a tedious direction.
Story and Script
Faruk Kabir, who also directed the film, penned the script. The film starts well. Though the plot deals with a time-worn story, it showcased a potential to hold the viewers’ attention in the beginning. But as Khuda Haafiz started to unfold itself, page by page, it started to rot. The film began losing its plus points like performances and its grip. As the film started to decay, Vidyut’s performance also started to get lifeless. Pulling off such a worn-out premise requires a thorough dissection of plot and a clever, captivating screenplay.
Directed by Faruk Kabir, his tedious writing has reflected in his direction also. The second half faces a major downslide, which makes it just an average watch. Despite having a talented cast and crew, Faruk could not use them to their full potential, leaving Khuda Haafiz bland.
Vidyut Jammwal, who portrays the lead character, slows down and loses the enthusiasm he had in the beginning. He begins wonderfully, giving us hope in the entire film, but as the film starts deteriorating, Vidyut’s performance also loses its charm.
Shivaleeka Oberoi fits the role of the beautiful middle-class girl, though she has nothing much to do in the film. Annu Kapoor is great with his amazing presence.
Shiv Pandit and Aahana Kumra do justice to their roles and wear the characters neatly.
Cinematography by Jitan Harmeet Singh is the only thing that maintains its quality from start to end. The visuals and shots in Oman are perfect. It carries the weight of the film and adds extra pounds in increasing the quality of the film. But visuals and cinematography alone cannot save any film.
Songs by Mithoon stand on an average note. They go with the film but do not enter the heart of the audience. Background score by Amar Mohile is pretty decent, though it also does not register in your mind. It syncs excellently to the film, but once the film ends, it would not play in your head anymore.
Khuda Haafiz is a slow and vapid watch that won’t excite you. Everything is descending in this flick and fails gradually. Somehow it manages to be an average flick that can be watched in your spare time.